Cork is getting into the swing of things for the city’s first ever Kettlebell competition.
Sixty athletes from all over Ireland will converge on Cork city for the event on 10th March.
A kettlebell, or girya, is a traditional Russia cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle, and has been used as far back as the 1800s for full body training to increase strength, stamina and coordination. As a sport, with three separate events—the jerk, snatch and long cycle—kettlebells is, according to organiser, Rachel Macmanus of SwingFit Munster Kettlebells, “incredible to watch”.
“You can observe someone start off strong and watch them battle mentally and physically with the kettlebells towards the end as they push themselves to meet their goal. I’ve seen athletes cry, shout and sing after they lift,” she said. Rachel describes kettlebells as “a huge and growing sport for women”, and reveals that there are many strong female lifters in Cork, ranging from “college kids to young mums to women in their 40s”.
Cork Simon chief executive Dermot Kavanagh thanked the organisers for “using their skills and abilities to help bring hope and comfort to people who are less fortunate, less able to cope with the complexities of life”.
The competition takes place on Saturday, March 10th, 9am-5pm, at K2C Martial Arts Centre, Northpoint Business Park, Blackpool, and is open to kettlebell sport athletes of all levels. Registration can be completed at swingfit.ie until this Saturday, March 3rd. Admission for the public is €10 with all proceeds going to Cork Simon