Published: 15:07 | 20/6/19

Harrington relaxed ahead of European Games

Kellie Harrington is not feeling any extra pressure as she prepares to lead the Irish boxers at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus.

A gold medal winner at last year's AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, Harrington will be hoping to add the European Games title to her list of achievements when she competes in the women's light division in Minsk.

The Dubliner will captain the Irish boxers at the games with team leader Bernard Dunne declaring that she will 'lead by example' when he announced the news on Wednesday.

While the focus is beginning to shift towards the World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Harrington is looking to put in a performance in Belarus and has dismissed the notion that the European Games have been overlooked.

"It's not that they are overlooked, in a sense, it's all about performance," Harrington told eir sport ahead of the tournament.

"You don't want to go into every tournament with pressure, pressure, pressure. If you go out there and perform well then the performance will speak for itself. I'm not going out there thinking I need to get a medal, I am going out there to perform, I need to turn up and see where I am at. I want to be at the races."

As a world champion, Harrington will be one of Ireland's leading medal hopes in Minsk but she is taking it all in her stride.

"Sometimes I feel pressure and sometimes I don't because I just feel normal. I don't go around thinking I am a world champion," she added.

"I train everyday and I do the same as my team-mates. We are all aiming for the exact same thing. While there is a target on my back, everyone is out there to be beaten. I am ready for whatever comes - what's meant for you won't pass you."

The European Games will take place in Minsk, Belarus from Friday, 21 June until Sunday, 30 June live on eir sport 1. Subscribe here

Image: Inpho Photography/Laszlo Geczo 

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