Tassie's Newest Champ Hits The World Stage

Eilish Kidd heads to South Korea

Tassie's Newest Champ Hits The World Stage Image | Hobart's Eilish Kidd
Tasmanian to compete at the World Championships of Kettlebell Lifting in South Korea

Tasmanian gym owner Eilish Kidd has been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming World Championships of Kettlebell Lifting in South Korea.

Kidd, a 41-year-old mother of three, took up the sport four years ago because "it was something I could do anywhere when I had a spare few minutes, such as while waiting for my children at Saturday soccer” adding "It’s incredible to be representing Australia. I hope it encourages others to take up the sport.”

Kidd qualified for the Australian team, which has thirteen members, after competing at the nationals in Albury in September.

Kettlebell — which began as a traditional sport in rural Russia — is rapidly growing in popularity in Australia, both as a fitness activity and competitively.

The activity focuses on repetition and endurance, with participants swinging a large cast-iron weight as many times as they can in a 10-minute period. The competitive events in kettlebell sport are jerk, snatch and long cycle (clean and jerk).

In the world championships Kidd will compete in the snatch category with a weight of 16 kilograms.

“It’s going to be exciting to experience kettlebell lifting on an international level,” she says. “I’m also looking forward to spending time with other members of the Australian team, many of whom are keen to visit Tasmania next year for our state championships.”

The 2017 International Union of Kettlebell Lifting World Championships start in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday 15th November.