There was no shortage of well-wishers to welcome world boxing champion Katie Taylor back from her victory at the AIBA Women's World Championships in Barbados.
The 23 year old boxer from Bray arrived home to a jubilant reception at Dublin Airport.
Following previous success in India and China, this third title enhances Taylor’s reputation as one of the most formidable female fighters ever.
Taylor describes the Championships as “an amazing two weeks”. She fought five fights in one week, coming back from being a point down in the semi-final and then defeating Chinese boxer Cheng Dong in the final.
Much will be expected from the triple world champion in the 2012 Olympics. However Katie’s father and coach Pete Taylor warns that “people can’t just presume that we’re going to go to the Olympics and it’s going to be a cakewalk”.
Minister for Sport Mary Hanafin is under no doubt Irish boxers will continue their success at the Olympics. As for Taylor she says
If she never went any further the fact that she’s after coming home as world champion here today has helped all of us to celebrate with her.
An RTÉ News report by Eamon Horan broadcast on 20 September 2010.