Emma makes it nine on the trot in Dublin

North West Regional College student Emma MCGilloway.
North West Regional College student Emma MCGilloway.

A sports student from North West Regional College (NWRC) has won her ninth successive gold medal in kickboxing, competing at the World Championships in Dublin.

Emma McGilloway, who is currently in Year 2 of a Foundation Degree in Sport at NWRC’s Strand Road Campus, won Gold in Light Contact and Silver in Point Fighting when she represented Northern Ireland.

The 20 year-old fought her way through eight rounds, beating competitors from across the globe, to clinch the title of world champion.

“This was the toughest competition I have come through,” said Emma, “it was my ninth year competing, but also my first year competing in the Senior category, so I am absolutely delighted to have come home with my ninth Gold and also a Silver medal.”

Bernie Rutherford, Lecturer in Sport at NWRC said: “On behalf of everyone at the Department of Sport I would like to congratulate Emma on this tremendous achievement.

“Emma is fantastic Kickboxer a great ambassador for the world of Sport. The staff and her fellow students at NWRC wish her continued success.”

Emma who is in the final year of a Foundation Degree at NWRC, is currently completing the work placement requirement of her course, at the PE department of her previous school, St Cecilia’s College.

She said: “My plan is to continue with my studies to go on to become a PE teacher, so studying for the Foundation Degree in Sport at NWRC has been hugely beneficial for me, rather than jumping straight into University. I have had great support from the lecturers here.”