Amanda Wegner, USA

“I really, really, really hope that we can get over our personal differences soon and just compete together at the World Championships under one flag. I don’t think that the best of the best that our country has were truly represented last year. Having our best out there will make the world stand up and take us seriously, and it will certainly bring more attention to the sport.”

Clara O’Connor, Ireland

Meet Clara O’Connor, kettlebell sport athlete and proud member of the National Irish Team. Although we have never met in person, she has inspired me and my team as we watched a video of her snatching a 24kg bell at competition earlier this year. She also managed to inspire me this week with one of…

Christina Danos, Canada

Meet my friend Christina Danos, who is from Canada, and is my Long Cycle twin 🙂 We met at IKFF Worlds Competition in November 2013, where we tied for first place in the 54kg weight division. Both of us lifted a 16kg kettlebell 78 times in 10 minutes, earning us Rank 2 in Sporting Perfection…

Gan Power, Ireland

[From left to right: Gan Power, Paolo Encarnacion, Bea Rodriguez (me), Sheryl d’Haenen, Nico d’Haenen] A little over a year ago, I started learning the girevoy sport (GS) style jerk from Coaches Nico d’Haenen and Paolo Encarnacion in the Philippine Kettlebell Club‘s brand-new facility in Pasig City. (I will be featuring Philippine Kettlebell Club in…

Christopher Doenlen, USA

Meet my friend and teammate, Christopher Doenlen, who is originally from Florida and currently based in Washington, D.C. We met in March 2013 at an IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) Competition. He is one of the people who made my first competition less nerve-wracking — he checked my form, and since he knew that I…

Cynthia Roulston, Canada

Meet my friend Cynthia Roulston, who hails from Canada. We met in June 2013 at an IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) Competition in Chicago, where she hit a Personal Record — triple digits in the Long Cycle event! In the brief time that I got to know her, three things about Cynthia impressed me the…