Sardinia – International Mediterranean Open 2013

Debbie O’Brien travelled to Cagliari – Sardinia on 3rd February 2013 and representing Ireland she brought back a silver medal in sparring. Debbie travelled to the competition with the Spanish team and was picked up at the airport by the event organiser and world champion Silvia Farigu.

The competition was attended by Spain, Russia, Belgium, Italy and Ireland. Level was high and fun was had by all. With a Spanish coach Debbie managed to beat the Italians and made it to the final where she lost in a close and competitive fight.

After the competition she had the pleasure of dining with both world champions, Christian Oriolani and Silvia Farigu as they explained that most of the time they have to train alone and learn their patterns from sources such as you tube and the tae kwon-do encyclopaedia. Sometimes we think we are the only ones when in fact our own world champions have exactly the same problems as us. Just goes to show what hard work and determination can achieve. Roll on the next competition!!

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