19 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“It really hasn’t sunk in yet that I am a Triple World Champion but when I see how it has made my family and friends feel and how proud they are then it makes me feel like the happiest girl on earth.”

So said Emyvale woman Louise McKenna who won her impressive title at the World Single Lift Championships in Telford, England last weekend. Louise, who is daughter of Antoinette and Martin McKenna, was one of 100 lifters (50 men and 50 women) from the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association who represented Ireland at the three-day event. Many other nationalities from across the world also took part.

It was an intense three days for Louise who competed in Squat on Friday, Bench Press on Saturday and Deadlift on Sunday.

“I travelled to Telford not knowing what to expect from the competitors or the competition itself but I did have expectations of myself. I don’t compete to win, I compete to beat just one person each and every time; that person is me,” said Louise.

Before getting involved in weightlifting the local woman tried bodybuilding. She took part in two competitions but in the end decided it wasn’t for her and therefore looked around for something else. Louise started to get serious about weightlifting in 2011 and she mainly trains locally in Coral Leisure Complex, Monaghan. Her attitude to her training regime is to be admired.

“Of course it’s great if I manage to place at these competitions too but it’s always about the goals and targets that I set myself and I train hard in order to achieve these. My training sessions take place mainly in Monaghan Leisure Complex. I have been a member there basically since it opened. It has fantastic facilities and the staff there are second to none.”

Louise joked that her …


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