Abbie Doyle is a 16-year-old amateur boxer living in Wicklow Town who, on the 1st of February, will be flying out to Sweden to compete in The Golden Girl Championships, the largest all-female boxing competition in the world.
Abbie has been boxing for the past five years and she spoke about how she draws inspiration from a fellow County Wicklow native.
“After Katie Taylor won (gold at the 2012 London Olympics) and then seeing her on the tele and stuff, and then Rathnew opening up a club and I just decided to go up and train and just look at it,” she told WicklowNews.
After moving on from Rathnew, Abbie started training with Enniskerry Boxing Club in Bray where she is currently training and it is this club that nominated Abbie for the Golden Girl Championship.
As for aspirations, Abbie said that she is going over with the hope of winning medals.
“Hopefully I’ll just bring home a medal. I don’t mind what medal I bring home but I’m going for gold,” she said.
As for what she hopes to achieve beyond Sweden, Abbie has dreams of competing at the Olympics in her future.
“I’ve the under-18s this weekend, I’m boxing on Saturday in the semi-finals and if I win the under-18s I’ll qualify for the Europeans. If I win the Europeans I qualify for the Youth Olympics and then just going on from there,” she said.
Abbie’s biggest supporters are her family, who regularly boast about her boxing success on social media. The support that she has received from them does not escape Abbie.
“They’re brilliant like. They do everything for me. They just put everything on the line to help me with everything. They’re really supportive about it.”
Abbie’s sister, Bernice Watters, expressed her admiration and pride in how far Abbie has come.
She told WicklowNews: “My thoughts on Abbie boxing at 1st was that it was nerve wrecking but she is well able for anyone that gets in the ring with her. She’s an inspiration to all young girls out there. She loves her sports; boxing and football,
“She’s dedicated to her training. She works so hard and puts everything into it. Please god this is going to be her year but no matter what I’m the most proudest sister ever.”
Bernice, who is involved in the organisation of a fundraising event for Abbie with the hope of raising enough money for Abbie’s gear and travel for the championship, has thanked locals for the support that they have given the event and Abbie.
“I wasn’t a bit surprised because the people of Rathnew and surrounding areas are very supportive when it comes down to youngsters doing so well in their dream sport,” she said.
Abbie’s fundraiser will be taking place on Saturday the 20th of January at 8:30pm in Shay Doyle’s pub in Rathnew with admission of 5 euro and raffle tickets being sold on the night.