There were multiple successes for Kilkenny at the National Single Lift Powerlifting Championships held in CIT, Cork on Saturday, January 19.
Numerous lifters from various clubs and gyms around the country attended. Kilkenny was represented by a group from Fennelly Fitness.
The Single Lifts consist of three powerlifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. Competitors have a choice of which lift they enter into, as each is a separate competition. In each event the lifter gets three attempts and the max lift is counted.
John Ryan won gold in both the squat and deadlift in the men’s senior category.
Weighing in at 80.5kg, he pulled 260kg, and did not need to complete his third lift as he already had the competition won.
He didn’t enter the bench press event, as he is struggling with an elbow problem at present.
Davy Jones, from Glenmore, won the junior category in deadlift, representing club Fennelly Fitness. Sean Butler, from Glendine Heights, won the T3 or Teenage category and lifted a new national record 231kg at only 18 years of age.
Emma Ryan from the Dublin Road, Carlow was the first-ever female to represent Fennelly Fitness at the Nationals, and was runner up in her under-63kg category, as was Denis O’ Brien in his 90kg category. It was his second contest, but Emma, Sean and Davy were all first time competitors.
John Ryan is a business partner in Fennelly Fitness with James Fennelly, who holds the title of Ireland’s Strongest Man. John has won numerous national, European and international powerlifting titles.
He, along with Sean Butler, will go on to represent Kilkenny and Fennelly Fitness in March at the Full Power National event.