Joined: 01 Jan 1970
Location: N. Ireland or Arkansas
|Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:51 pm Post subject: Kevin D'Arcy, British and Irish Champion
|Courtesy of Harry Leech:
It's always a pleasure to be able to contact you with good news from the weightlifting family and I'm glad to say that I have some great news from one of our members.
I'm delighted to be able to publicly congratulate Kevin D'Arcy, who won the 85kg class in the British Senior Championships at the weekend, with a total of 278kg (120kg Snatch and 158kg Clean & Jerk.) Kevin qualifies to lift at the British Championships through residency as he's studying for a Physiotherapy degree in Scotland.
This means Kevin is now the current Irish Senior Champion, British Senior Champion and British University Champion - not content with conquering all of the lifters on this island, he's decided to beat all comers in the UK as well! I'm sure our recorder and Irish Weightlifting Historian Billy Caball can help me out here, but I'm fairly sure that Kevin is the first to hold all three titles at the same time.
It also confirms what all of us who know Kevin have long known - as well a being a decent guy and a good friend, he's also a great lifter. Kevin has put in a lot of work since he got involved in weightlifting; he has put in the long hours in the gym, he has trained hard, he has never given up, he has always been a great team-mate and in his own individual work he has contributed to drag the sport in Ireland forward. Thankfully Kevin's best days are ahead of him and he is finally reaping the rewards for his many years of gruelling training.
I'm sure you'll all join me in congratulating Kevin and wishing him all the best for the World University Games - this is the first time that Weightlifting has been included in the World University Games, which are the second biggest competition in the world after the Olympic Games, and we're delighted to have such a great competitor representing Ireland. I know he'll build on his results at the Irish and British Seniors and will do us all proud.
You can see highlights of the 77kg & 85kg class at the British Senior Championships here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3CfTBziens&feature=channel_video_title.
Your in sport,