For the greatest young kick boxers of Ireland and beyond, all roads lead to Citywest this weekend.
Tomorrow sees the beginning of what promises to be a week of epic contests as the WAKO Cadets and Junior World Championships 2016 kicks off at the iconic local venue.
Over 2,200 competitors from 57 countries will compete across many disciplines which will include Point Fighting, Full Contact, Light Contact, Kick light and Musical Forms.
Team Ireland will be looking to repeat the wonderful performance of the previous World Junior Championships in Italy in 2014 when the country managed to secure their greatest ever medal haul which saw them win an outstanding 45 medals made up 16 of gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze.
Ireland also finished second in the overall medal table in the European Championships in 2015.
Taking their place on Team Ireland will be 15 young Kickboxers from Tallaght Martial Arts.
We caught up with one of Team Irelands coaches Dave Heffernan of Tallaght Martial Arts following their final training session at the TMA gym in Tallaght Business Park to find out more.
Roy Baker, President of Kickboxing Ireland, said the hosting of the week long event is the result of years of dedicated work.
“The hosting of this Junior and Cadet Championships for the first time in Ireland is a culmination of ten years of development and progression of the sport of kickboxing in Ireland.
“It has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of the current executive board and previous executive boards. This event has only materialised because of the support of state agencies like Failte Ireland.
“I am proud of what we have achieved to date and what we intend achieving in the future.”
Speaking during the week, Jennifer Churchyard Events Manager with Failte Ireland, who are sponsoring the week long event said:
“These events provide us with great opportunities to showcase Ireland’s ability to host international sporting tournaments while also reaching out to spectators in some of our key markets.
“We are delighted to welcome all the participants and supporters to Ireland and look forward to an exciting week of sport.”
For more information on the World Junior and Cadet Kickboxing Championships visit www.kickboxingireland.ie