Mary Takes Gold in Vegas


The staff of Institute of Technology Carlow would like to offer heartiest congratulations to our colleague Mary Boylan who won Gold at the recent 2018 Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament, which took place in Las Vegas.

Mary, who works in Human Resources, is a black belt in Karate and has already gained European, International and World Titles under Sensei Noel Amond.  She has practiced Karate on and off for about 25 years and is a member of Ballinabranna Karate Club, located a few miles outside Carlow town.

The 2018 Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament, drew more than 1,000 competitors and Mary travelled to Vegas for the prestigious competition with a team from Waterford and Cork under Pat Rocket Martial Arts Academy Waterford (Irish Karate Federation) where the team won four Gold, two Silver and three Bronze. Fellow Ballinabranna Karate Club member Sarah Baldwin also won Gold at the tournament.

Speaking about her win, Mary said, “It was a tough but exceptional competition with some excellent competitors from around the world. We travelled with a great team of competitors, referee, coaches and supporters.  Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so all the tough training paid off.  The fact that it was hosted in Las Vegas was an added bonus!”