DCU Weightlifting won Best College Team at the Weightlifting Ireland Intervarsities on February 22nd at Waterford Institute of Technology, amassing more medals than any other university.
“This year was the first time that a college was actually rewarded for getting the most medals,” said weightlifter Taka Hession, who came in fifth place in his weight class.
Environmental science and technology student Amy Flynn was named best female weightlifter overall and came in first place in the 55kgs category.
Flynn was one of the lightest female competitors to lift the heaviest weight. “I was delighted to be best overall lifter. I really wasn’t expecting it. My goal was to do well in my weight class.” Flynn told The College View. “
Flynn did incredibly well considering it was her first time at the Intervarsities. “It was an exciting new competition for me,” she said. Flynn joined DCU’s weightlifting club at the start of the year. She mainly focuses on CrossFit, which she trains in five times a week in CrossFit Bua in Santry.
She has been weightlifting and doing CrossFit for the past four years. There’s a few competitions on the horizon for her, including the Junior Nationals in weightlifting and the Midlands Throwdown and the Powerful Invitational in CrossFit.
Rachel Reidy won a gold medal in the 76kgs category, while Abby O’Regan earned a bronze medal in the 64kgs category in her first ever Intervarsities. Tomas Brady bagged a silver medal in the 81kgs category. Although weightlifting is an individual sport, Hession said there’s a great team atmosphere in the club.
“Even in training, coming up to competition preparation when we start lifting heavy, all the team would stop and look at the one person lifting and encourage them to do their best,” he said.
“Same in competition, let’s say one of the weightlifters is coming up on the platform, we’d all cheer him or her on.
“Weightlifting has benefits other than strength building. “It’s good for the mind and the soul as well. Some people would rather go for a walk, do studying, that will get them in the mood.
“I used to do bodybuilding, but when I transitioned into weightlifting it just gave me some spark because it’s a very hard sport to get the technique right,” he said. “Even though I’ve been doing it for two years, I’m still way off where I should be.
“Knowing that you’re not there yet, but it’s still in your reach, it always motivates me to just keep going,” he said.
Seven members of DCU’s weightlifting club competed at the Intervarsities. They train together twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays, and separately on Mondays. Although the Intervarsities was the last official college competition this year, DCU weightlifting are hoping to compete at the U23s competition.
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