UCC Powerlifting Club

The UCC’s Powerlifting Club was established in 2013 by Abigail Cronin, since then it has trained members who have competed in national and international competitions. The club is home to multiple national record holders, and has won Varsities, held annually by the Irish Powerlifting Federation (Irish PF), for the last four years running. The Irish PF is affiliated with both the European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) and the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF).

This past weekend saw the National Championships hosted in the Sport Surgery Clinic, Santry, Dublin. It is an invite-only competition where athletes are invited based on performances during the qualifying period. This competition enables athletes to set National records in the squat, bench, deadlift and total, on the biggest stage in Irish Powerlifting. Depending on their performance, they can advance to the IPF World Championships 2019.

UCC’s own Kenneth Nwaezeigwe and Samuel Smith competed on Sunday the 10th of February. Kenneth Nwaezeigwe competed in the Male -105kg category squatting 270kg, benching 162.5kg, and deadlifting 282.5kg, totalling at 715kg lifted. This earned him third place in his weight category.

Samuel Smith competed in the Male -66kg category, with a squat of 132.5kg, a bench of 82.5kg and a deadlift of 150kg, giving him a total weight of 365kg lifted.

The club are extremely proud of our two lifters who competed on Sunday and are looking forward to seeing them back in training for their next competition!

Later this year, UCC Powerlifting Club is hosting the annual Intervarsities on home turf. On April 13th and 14th, colleges and universities from all over the nation will be invited to battle it out in the Mardyke Arena to be awarded the title of best university powerlifting team. The UCC team will be looking to add to their record, while bitter rivals Trinity College and DCU will be looking to dethrone the champions, along with up and coming colleges intent on making a podium position.

Meanwhile, on the hockey pitch, in the Munster Senior Cup, UCC Ladies took on Ashton in their semi-final in the Mardyke Sports Grounds.  Christina Dring was on target to open the scoring for UCC.  Aoife Collins added a second to push the students further ahead.  A late rally from Ashton saw them score to make it a nervy closing few moments.  UCC held out to progress to the Cup Final.

In other results, women’s Division 2 team overcame Blackrock 2-1, division 4 team beat Cork Wanderers 4-0 and the Division 6 team defeated Crescent 3-0.  Meanwhile there were defeats for the women’s Division 4 and 6 B teams.

In the men’s, the Division 1 and 3 sides both were on the losing end to Ashton and Cork Harlequins respectively.