Waterford Kettlebell Club team who did rather well at the recent AIKLF Cup of Ireland Championships in Wexford.
Waterford Kettlebell Club travelled to Wexford for the AIKLF Cup of Ireland Championships recently and came back with eight National titles. A tally of eight gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze. Club coach Rosaleen Flynn won the 63kg professional snatch and maintained her National title. Her achievements on the 24kg kettlebell were acknowledged with a Master of Sport award, which is an international ranking for reps achieved and brings her to one of the highest ranked females in the country, which is a massive honour for Rose. David Payne put in a superb performance on Saturday achieving a personal best in the 24kg biathlon and a silver medal with 91 reps on the Jerk and 164 reps on the 24kg snatch. Witnessing David’s progress at this competition was one of the highlights of the weekend. This qualifies David for his second European championships, a great achievement for a 20-year-old lifter. Both Rosaleen and David competed at the IUKL World Championships in Kazakhstan last November and this was recently acknowledged by a letter from President Michael D. Higgins to the team who travelled, which was a great honour for them.
Cian Foley put in a brilliant performance in the 24kg biathlon achieving a gold medal. This is a new venture for Cian this year, having competed in the long cycle over the past number of years with great success. Cian also qualified for the Europeans in Latvia in the 78kg Biathlon. Thomas Walsh, one of WKC’s up and coming juniors came first on the 12kg long cycle. This was only Thomas’s second competition, and we look forward to seeing this young man progress. Sian Foley, another one of WKC’s junior lifters put in a strong and solid performance to achieve a new personal best of 126 reps in the 12kg Long Cycle and came in second place. A great future lies ahead in this sport for Sian. In the U-18 category, Emily Grant came home with gold in the 16kg snatch with a well-controlled set. Emily has qualified for the Junior Europeans in July, which takes place on home turf here in Ireland. Doreen McNamee competed in the 12kg long cycle, setting herself a new PB and taking home gold. Imelda Grant came first in the 16kg Long Cycle event on Sunday. Imelda put in a solid, gritty and determined performance to achieve 81 reps. Straight up after Imelda was her daughter, Kayleigh Grant, and continued the determined and winning way with an excellent victory. Yvonne Phelan competed in two events; she came in third in the 16kg snatch and following this she put in a smashing performance on Sunday cracking the 10 minute set on the 16kg Long Cycle and getting gold. Kayleigh, Imelda and Yvonne have qualified for the Europeans in May in different categories from Open to Veteran.
Waterford Kettlebell Club train every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.15pm and Saturday at 11.30am in Peak Fitnes, Cleaboy Business Park. Contact Rosaleen at 051373942 for more info.