Three Kildare women are, as of last week, world champion weighlifters.
They were amongst six who travelled with their coach Niall Munnelly of the Performance and Fitness Academy in the Ladytown Business Park to the World Power Lifting Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany.
After qualifying nationally, the six, Martina Higgins, Nicola leavy, Louise Nolan and Sari Redican, Lisa Duffy and Shelly Moran travelled to championships over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6, 7 and 8.
Two of them are from Newbridge, two from Naas and two from the Allen area.
The temperature was 30 degrees every day, the hottest June bank holiday weekend in Germany in over a decade.
Martina Higgins, Louise Nolan and Lisa Duffy were crowned world champions in their categories, They, and the remaining women came away with a number of other 2nd and 3rd places over the weekend.
Mr. Munnelly attributed the wins to “hard work, proper programming and good coaching”.
Some of the women are mothers, and what they do is extraordinary - Ms. Duffy won by lifting 165kgs (almost 26 stone).
“They take care of their kids, bringing them to school and stuff, and they train five or six times a week,” he explained, adding tha they are an inspriation and motivation to other women in Kildare.
“There is a fear amongst women to get into weight lifting for fear that they’ll end up with bulky muscles.
“But they don’t produce enough testosterone for that. Men have the building hormone, they have the baby making hormone, so it’s impossible for them to grow muscles,” he said. He added that many of them were joined in the gym by their husands and partners.