Local businesses are being offered the chance to give their support to Dundalk boxer Amy Broadhurst with sponsorship packages and set her on the Road to Rio.
The European Junior Champion is still available for sponsorship, having already secured deals with the likes of The Marshes and Dundalk Credit Union, as she looks to continue funding her Olympic dream.
Her father and trainer Tony told us: “Peter Halpin has been trying to organise it recently and we are hoping that people come forward again. Nobody has come with anything further yet and we are looking at companies and that kind of thing possibly putting their logo on a t-shirt, a bag, clothing etc that she can wear around the town and to competitions she attends because this is the way it is going with sports people now.
“That is what Peter was trying to do, getting companies to advertise with her in this way but we have not heard much back since then. It is great when places help out when she is going to European Championships or the World Championships.”
With regards to the kind of sponsorship that is available to the Dundalk southpaw starlet, he revealed that there are varying schemes for what is on offer.
“The way it is being done is for the road to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games and Peter did up packages which go from €100-€500 and €1,000-€2,000. For these you get a photo, your logo and try and make this happen,” he continued.
As far as Amy’s current schedule goes, she is on a well-earned break having fought tirelessly around the world for the best part of a year now although is due to hit the gym again soon.
“Since coming back from the Worlds, she has done nothing and just last week she said to me ‘this time last year I was fighting in Poland at the European Championships’ and for a full year she was preparing for and fighting in Europeans, Worlds and National Championships so she needed a rest to avoid burning out.
“Her next big tournament is in January with a national tournament against England and then the Irish Championships after that so she will be back in training on Wednesday getting ready.”
The Broadhursts were celebrating just recently when Amy’s brother Stephen captured his tenth Irish title at the recent National U22 Championships at the National Stadium.
In the final Stephen came up against JP Delaney from the Immaculate Boxing Club. In a bout which was one for the neutrals, Stephen’s natural hand speed and quick movement ensured that he saw off a difficult opponent to claim the title.
Stephen will now represent Ireland in a competition against Holland next month.