Katie Taylor - the reigning Irish, European, World and Olympic Boxing Champion in the 60kg division – is the Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador in Ireland.
Katie started boxing at her local club, Bray Boxing Club, in Bray at the age of 12 and has never looked back. She has gone on to win, amongst others, four World Championships, five European Championships and an Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Her unrivalled success in women’s boxing has made her a national hero and an inspiration to millions. Katie has remained true to her roots and still trains at Bray Boxing Club, where she is coached by her dad, Pete.
Going into the London 2012 Olympics, Katie was one of Ireland’s biggest medal hopes and was chosen to be the country’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. Taking the pressure and expectation in her stride, Katie stormed home to the gold medal in the women’s lightweight boxing final by defeating Russia’s Sofya Ochigava, who she had also beaten three months previously to win her fourth World title. London 2012 was the first time that women’s boxing had been included in an Olympic games, with the victory cementing Katie’s already renowned name into boxing’s, and sport’s, history books.
Katie’s incredible achievements in the ring, which have seen her defeat more than 100 opponents, have also brought her recognition beyond her weight division; twice being named the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Woman’s Boxer of the Year.
Katie has always been an all-round sportswoman. As well as her illustrious career in boxing, Katie has also represented her country at football. After making her debut against Switzerland in 2006, Katie has gone on to collect 46 caps for Ireland.
Katie commented "Every child is born for greatness, we just need to bring the greatness out"