Kelly shoots the lights out

Castleisland’s Kelley Burke certainly shot the lights out last week at the BDFPA National Single lift championships in  Shefford England with nine white lights, setting a personal best of 95Kg and taking the junior national record by more than 2.5Kg on the previous record and all in her first serious competition.

The 21-year-old local who is certainly making a name for herself in her sport will now compete in the Full Powers European Championship in Suffolk in April.

Representing the Phoenix Fitness Powerlifting Club in Killarney, they took to their Facebook page after the event to recap on Kelley’s outing.

“It couldn’t have had a better day with Kelley. Her first competition ever and was our only lifter there so made it a tough one without having her team there with her. She was understandably very nervous but kept her nerve to go out and hit her first ever competitive lift of 80kg. With nerves a bit more settled, we went for a second lift of 87.5kg and she hit it with ease again getting 3 white lights again. Our plan was if she could hold herself together for first two lifts we would have a crack at breaking the Junior U70kg squat single lift national record, which currently sat at 92.5kg. She stepped up for it and smashed it no problem with what was a new personal best of 95kg as well.”

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