Kettlebell team score success in competition

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A new team of sportsmen and women have scored a spectacular success in an international kettlebell competition with a haul of medals.

The Yorkshire Kettlebell Team, which is part of a club which trains at Ultimiate Physiques in Castleford, only formed at the end of last year, but in its second competition, the Manchester Open, the team came away with four gold, four silver and one bronze medal.

Liam O’Brian, 36, of Yorkshire Kettlebells, who formed the club, said: “We’ve only been going about six to nine months, and considering we’re all from Castleford and Pontefract, we’re one of the biggest teams in the country, and the most successful by far.

“There were 11 countries competing in Manchester, there was a big field so it was incredible result, it was unreal.”

Kettlebell, or girevoy sport, originated in Russia and involves lifting kettlebells for set periods of time. The team are members of Yorkshire Kettlebells Club, which currently has about 15 members, ranging in age from late teens to mid 40s.

Liam said: “It’s very mixed, not all members of the club compete, and we’ve got more women than men at the moment.”

The team will now compete in Darlington in June and Kilkenny in Ireland in July, before taking part in the British Open in London in September. Visit www.yorkshirekettlebells.com or email liam@yorkshirekettlebells.com to find out more about joining the Yorkshire Kettlebell Club .