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The 2012 Cork Martial Arts promotions (CMAP) awards night took place on Saturday 2nd
February; it was a highly entertaining, star studded and awe inspiring evening.
The MC for the event, Mr. Ronan Leonard welcomed the award winners, the guest presenters and
the audience of friends, family and supporters to the ceremony, where eight awards would be
made over the course of the night. Opening speeches were made by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Joe
O'Callaghan and County Mayor Cllr. Barbara Murray.
Each entrance to the stage with accompanying music, plus the large screens showing the pictures
and moving images of why the award winner had come to be there, made for a very entertaining
evening. The room was packed to capacity, as presenters and awards winners made their
addresses to the audience. To recount every speech would not capture what was a very fast
paced, well organised, and high profile event. One could choose a wide selection of highlights
from the moving speeches made by award recipients thanking the family, friends, students,
coaches and team mates, who had brought them to that moment.
With every presenter, carefully chosen by CMAP for their own particular attributes in life, in sport,
or in relation to the recipient of the
award, also came the story of life
achievements, and with every
acceptance speech came further
motivation to work hard and follow your passion.
The heavy bronze cast awards were a very fine representation of the
honour being bestowed on each award winner.
When it came to the last award of the evening the audience were on
their feet in a standing ovation for the CMAP Hall of Fame inductee,
Coach of West Cork Kick-boxing, Ian Kingston. "This man was the
inspiration for CMAP because in training world and European
champions for over thirty years, it was almost impossible to find a
record of his list of achievements".
CMAP presented an evening of awards, but also another event for Cork's Martial artists to
This year's award winners were from the disciplines of Taekwon-Do, Karate, Muay Thai,
Kick-boxing, and the recipients were from all over Cork County and city.
The CMAP motto was definitely in full effect at this very enjoyable evening:
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together
Junior Female Competitor of the
Year Award- Lily De La Cour.
Bantry. The current W.A.K.O junior
world kickboxing champion, previous
European champion and ten national
titles. Presented by Deputy Lord Mayor
Cllr. Joe O' Callaghan.
Senior Female Competitor of the
Year Award- Elaine Mc Elligott.
Middleton. Muay Thai. Beat five-time
world champion, Pantazi in Manchester
2012. Presented by Seán Kelly-
professional show jumper, trainer and
Coach of the Year Award- Gerard
Training 23 years, 5th Degree Black
Belt Examiner, TaeKwon-Do Ireland
National team Coach 1990. Coached
gold winners at Taekwon-Do World
championships 2010 & 2012.
Presented by Councillor Barbara
Murray, Mayor of the County of Cork.
Lifetime Achievement Award- Sensei
Nana Dan -7th Dan Black Belt.
Shotokahn Karate. Mayfield
Rhenshukan Karate Club was formed
in 1971. His greatest pride is in
"working to keep young people off the
street, and helping to build character."
Presented by Sergeant O'Connor,
Community Policing Unit, Mayfield.
CMAP Awards 2012/13
The Award Winners and Guest Presenters
Junior Male Competitor of the Year
Award- Jordan Dalton. Berrings.
Christian Brother's student. 14 year old
winner of two gold at this year's WKA World
Kickboxing Championships. Also won silver
in points and bronze in the team. Presented
by Michael Winters, champion racehorse
Senior Male Competitor of the Year
Award- Aaron O Callaghan.
Age 24. Clogheen. Muay Thai Boxing. ISKA
Intercontinental Champion Title 2012, Oct.
Neptune Stadium. His win from 3rd time
world champ has put Cork on the European
map. Presented by Gary O Sullivan, WBO
International Middleweight Boxing
Club of the Year Award- Siam Warriors.
The Siam Warrior Muay Thai boxing gym
was opened in 2005 at Nicholas Well Lane
just off Blarney Street. Martin Horgan (2
times European Champion) runs the club.
Members come from Kerry, Limerick,
Fermoy, Macroom and Middleton and many
more in the Cork area. Martin's pride in the
club, as a group of committed members
working together with strength and
determination, was very evident in his
speech. Presented by Cllr. Kieran
McCarthy, Cork city councillor.
CMAP Hall of Fame inductee- Ian
"I owe him everything. He is
simply a fantastic coach," Lily de la
Cour, competitor of the year. Ian has
been training for over thirty years,
during this time he has brought
competitors to: Ten world titles. 6
European titles. Irish national coach for
the past 6 years. National junior team
ranked number 3 in the world following
this year's world championships.
Presented by Leonard Coughlan,
managing director CMAP.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.