Welcome to the AIKLF’s first newsletter. This will be a monthly newsletter which will inform all AIKLF members of what is happening in the world of Irish Kettlebell Lifting.
This month’s edition will include a report on the recent AGM, the inclusion of Female One Arm Long Cycle (OALC) at IUKL international events, club spotlights, upcoming competition dates and national team qualifiers.
2017 is going to be a busy year with 8 competitions on the AIKLF calendar, no doubt it will be a successful one too, as clubs and members grow stronger each year. So keep the heads down, train hard and train smart, and we will all meet each other on the platforms!
Celine King (Jan 2017)
Day 1 of the 2016 European Championships completed. 7 medals for Team Ireland. Fionnbar-gold, Joseph -bronze, Michael-silver, Rosaleen-gold, Mark-bronze, Maria- gold, Hazel-Bronze.
Day 2 of the 2016 European Championships completed and 3 medals for Team Ireland. Niall – silver, Will – bronze, Michelle- bronze.
Day 3 of the 2016 European Championships completed and 7 medals for Team Ireland. Dave O Leary bronze, Cian gold, Didier gold, David Callaghan bronze, Mark bronze, Steven killeen gold, Pat kelly bronze.
Day 4 of the 2016 European Championships completed. 15 medals in total for Team Ireland from our Veteran athletes finishing in 3rd place overall. Alison bronze, Sarah gold, Danielle bronze, Ewa silver, Ella bronze, Sarah silver, Jennie gold, Maggie gold, Christine silver, Olivia gold, Sinead silver, Agnes gold, Seamus gold, Mike gold, Laura bronze. Congrats to all the Irish athletes who competed in Poland.
Dear AIKLF Members,
We are aware that the costs involved in competing abroad are high. In a bid to try and raise funds for Irish Team Members, AIKLF have set up a fund raising page.
There are two ways to contribute.
1: Through the main link www.ifundraise.ie/aiklf
2. Through the “events” tab/start fundraising links on the page. Here is an example by Seamus Brady through this link
Any of the Irish team members can do the same thing as Seamus. Good luck in getting our Ireland team on the road in 2016. Lets get these fundraising pages up and running guys through these links.
All funds raised by the members through these links goes directly to the AIKLF federation account for the Irish Kettlebell Team. All finance will be shared evenly among qualified Irish team members to help with the future costs and expenses of clothing, equipment and travel. This is at the discretion of the AIKLF committee and Team coach.
We have also compiled a list of fundraising ideas that your club may wish to organise to help members from your club who are on the Irish Team and are travelling to the European Championships with their expenses as follows;
- Table quiz: organise a local club table quiz and charge per table.
- Cake/bake sale: bake goodies and sell at your club to raise funds.
- Coffee morning: Organise a coffee morning in your club and charge a fee for beverages.
- Bag packing: Approach local supermarkets to organise a fundraising day. Volunteers help shoppers’ bag packing.
- Swingathon: Ask members of the public/family/ friends to sponsor athletes swinging in a relay for a set amount of time.
- Raffle: Ask local businesses to donate prizes towards raffle, charge for tickets.
- Flag day: Organise a local flag day where members of the public donate and donors are given sticky badges to show they have supported the club.
- Guess how many reps I’m going to lift on the day? : A very clever idea thought of by Jennie Carthy of Wexford Kettlebell Club. Members of the public bet on how many repetitions you will achieve at the European championship, the person who guesses closest to the reps you have achieved wins a prize.
- Lotto: Sell lines to club members/family/friends and hold a weekly draw.
- Poker night: Host a local poker night and charge per table.
We hope that some of these ideas will help towards funding your team members. Good luck to all.
National Championships 2016
The 2016 National Championships recently took place over the weekend of 27-28th February. The competition was contested by over 200 Ireland members from fifteen clubs affiliated to the AIKLF. Qualification places for the 2016 Irish Team was up for grabs so the pressure was on to perform and achieve a place in the medal winning positions. This led to one of highest standard closely fought contests to date. From junior to senior, professional and amateur the competition was fierce, powerful and exciting. New records were set and new ranking achieved. There were no losers because everyone gives their all. This was the biggest thing that stood out over the two days. Such passion and effort only helps improve the growth and reputation of Kettlebell sport in Ireland and further afield. Kettle Sport satisfaction is gained not only through winning but through the efforts of the lifters training, preparation and execution, the confidence learning and joy our junior members achieve and a united camaraderie to move forward as one in a positive way to achieve the best by all our members at the highest level.
The National Championships would not have gone as smoothly without the effort of the hosting committee and their members Limerick Kettlebell Club. Congratulations on your success. The organising of the venue, the weigh ins, flights, equipment, judges, commentary, medals, social media info, website info, refreshments, accommodation, medal presentations, photography and much more takes huge work and commitment by people on a voluntary basis. A high standard of excellence was achieved which resulted in the best run National Championships to date within the AIKLF. We would like to thank LKC for doing a fantastic job on hosting the event on behalf of all the members of the AIKLF.
Also let’s not forget anyone who helped out in anyway. To the judges, Staff of the venue, people behind the scenes etc…. your work and support are always appreciated.
Lastly thank you to all our members who supported the National Championships. This is a growing sport contested all over the world. If we want to be among the elite of the world it starts at grass roots. That starts with the very first time a Kettlebell is lifted. Progression, effort, learning, communication, respect, friendship and unity are the principles that we want to build our sport on in Ireland. We have come a long way in the last few years. This is through the efforts of each and every individual member of the AIKLF. Our vision and goal should be “to be the best”. You are setting a strong foundation so we can grow and achieve new heights in the sport. The work coaches, lifters and members have put in to date is becoming very evident. It’s because of this we have gained respect internationally. We want to build on this in 2016. Congratulations to everyone who qualified to represent Ireland on the AIKLF Irish team. Whether the first time or experienced it is always a privilege to represent your country in sport. Many try but few succeed. We look forward to the forthcoming European Championships in Poland. The AIKLF wish you every success.
Nationally we look forward to our next competition. Waterford KB Club are hosting for the first time. The new seven minute competition format is both a platform to build on results in competition for newer members and preparation for ten minute competitions internationally and nationally. Good luck to everyone attending in Waterford.
AIKLF are issuing this statement in relation to the National Championships 2016.
False accusations have been alleged that some athletes were allowed to change weight categories after not making their weight at the National Championships while other athletes who did not make weight were not allowed to change categories.
AIKLF have investigated these allegations with the hosting club and report that no weight category changes were made on the day at the National Championships. Any changes made to flights were made prior to the National Championships and were due to administrative errors made by coaches and/or the hosting club.
Please note that it is now an official rule that all athletes must make the weight categories they have been entered for in relation to National Championships and Cup of Ireland. No weight category changes will be allowed at weigh-ins. This rule is bringing Kettlebell Sport in line with all other serious sports who do not allow weight changes at competitions.
Finally, AIKLF would like to congratulate all athletes who made their weight categories and acknowledge their effort and hard work to do so and a big thank you must go to Limerick Kettlebell Club for hosting such a well organised event.
Keep up the great work.
Thanks to all the athletes,coaches, judges, organisers and spectators who helped to make it a successful event and continue to grow the sport in Ireland.
After the World Championships in November the next AIKLF competition will be a 5 minute event held in Cork on December 5th.
The new AIKLF site has launched today built by one of our members, Cian Foley of UTD Web Design.
Please let us know what you think and if you spot any issues do let us know.
With the new website and blog we plan on keeping the site uptodate with photos, results etc. so please check back regularly.
In the meantime, please check out our kettlebell world championship event page. We are so excited to be hosting this competition in Ireland!