From becoming an All-Ireland champion to Haringey Box Cup London quarter finalist, for Sports Coaching and Performance student Shane Flavin
Having just completed his first year in the BSc (Hons)Sports Coaching &Performance at WIT, Shane Flavin has had a whirlwind year, which included winning the Senior A/Elite All Ireland College Championships in boxing.
Competing in the All-Ireland College Championships aided Shane’s selection for the Haringey Box Cup in London where he represented WIT as a member of an Irish third level and college’s team.
“I am just back from the Haringey Box Cup competition, I won my quarter final on a unanimous decision (5-0) and then lost to the eventual gold medallist in the semi-final on a split decision (3-2). I was competing in the Senior A 56kg category. I am also representing the Irish Third Level and Colleges team in Rome this coming weekend where I will have 2 fights against Italian opponents”, Shane said.
Shane has tasted success in the past, having won five national boxing titles in various weights and age categories since he was 14. Shane has represented and captained the Ireland Team at a number of tournaments most notably the European Championships in Russia 2014, the Brandenburg Cup in Germany 2015 and the Mini World Championships in Russia in 2016.
The college life
Both of Shane’s siblings also spent time in WIT, with his sister Emma graduating from the BSc (Hons) in General Nursing and his brother Keith studied the BBs (Hons) Recreation and Sport Management.
Talking about his first year college experience, Shane said, “I’m really enjoying the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching &Performance at the moment. The practicalities of the course are very interesting which includes lots of testing that will be beneficial for my future career.”
“For me, meeting new people and making new friends are one of the best things to come out of my first year at college. I also really liked getting the opportunity to do various practical tests I hadn’t the chance to do before.”