3rd place is not the result that I was dreaming of, but I was honoured standing on the podium receiving recognition with the other winners. The lesson I learned is that no matter how hard you try at something, how much energy you put in and how much you wish for it to happen, it doesn't always happen the way you plan. But the challenge is the opportunity to test yourself, to analyse yourself and then - work on your mistakes. Glory is not a forever lasting process, there is lots of work and pain hidden under those shiny trophies, and not only of those who receiving them.
Just 2 weeks after the world tournament (on 17/10/2015), I successfully represented Ireland in 39th British Open Championship (Incorporating Cup of Europe) and won first place. I am very pleased to know, that I am the first Irish female fighter to bring home gold from this tournament, and the second gold winner in Irish Karate’s 50 year history (Sensei Ken Fitzpatrick won his champion’s title in 1998). It was great day.
I am very grateful to all my coaches: Sensei Shane Mulhall (taking most stressful role - being National Squad Coach), Shihan Kevin Callan (with his very inspiring speeches and support), Dave Hedges (who is responsible for the pain, which my opponents receiving from me, during the fights - that is his fault :), Sensei wShane Lalor for his amazing organising skills) . They all put lot’s of effort and time, lots’ of strength, speed, endurance, power and, most important confidence into me. To my sparring and training partners (from Kokoro MMA Dublin & North Strand Dojo , Finglas Dojo, Swords Dojo and Killester Dojo) - who were collecting bruises and injuries while I was training! To my colleagues who took on extra work during my absence, and to my sponsors Accenture (high performance was delivered) I am proud to be part of Accenture and proud to wear the name on my suit! For Ratoath Inn (the place where I will celebrate my victories and important life events) The sponsorship which I received, helped me to prepare and compete, without taking it from my family. And this really means world to me.
And last but not least, I'd like to thank my family members for their continued support and encouragement: to my dad Viktoras Rudys for his support, to my mum Tatjana Rudiene - you are my example, you are my Hero! To Gytis Meskauskas, who is my husband, main training partner, coach, daddy for our 2 wonderful boys and for believing in myself more than I do! Domo Arigato!