Gary Cully is back behind his desk at school in Piper’s Hill College and twin thoughts occupy his mind.
The teenager, who turns 18 on January 26 next will tackle the Leaving Certificate exams next Summer and before that he‘s facing into another competitive boxing competition. Gary became only the second Irish boxer to win a Euro Junior gold medal at Youths level and is set to defend his Irish under 18 title in January. That will be followed by the World Championships, scheduled for Bulgaria in April and, all going well, this could bring qualification for the Youth Olympics, which take place in August 2014.
He lives at Sarto Road with mother Lorraine, dad Mick, brother Dean (19) and sister Leah (3).
“It’s a very busy time for him trying to balance school and the Leaving Cert with the demands of boxing at this level,” his dad Mick told the Leader.
Gary will miss six weeks’ of school early next year when he participates in a specialised training camp with Russian boxers.
The camps will be divided between Ireland and Russia and the school will take steps to ensure he doesn’t miss out on classes.
“Principal Colm O’Connor will see he doesn’t miss out with extra tuition,” added Mr. Cully. Prior to concentrating to boxing he also played with Naas United.