Athlete Interview – Daniel Hutchinson

Athlete Interview – Daniel Hutchinson

Athlete Profiles

How Long have you been competing in GS?
Just on 5 years – May 2012.

What got you started?
My Supervisor at work (Andy Rouse) mentioned if I had heard of Girevoy sport, I hadn’t. So I looked it up and was just blown away with what these athletes were doing. Their technique, power and endurance. So the next day I was online looking for Girevoy sport courses.

What do you like about the sport?
What I like about the sport is the Physical and mental aspect. Not only do you need to be physically fit and technically proficient but you have to be very mentally strong. There is no place to hide for that 10 minutes, you have to work through it and learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Do you have a coach?
Currently I’m training myself, but my coach for 3 and a half years(up to August 2016) Honoured Master of Sport and Honoured Coach of Russia Sergey Rachinskiy. Amazing Coach!!!

Do you have any ranks?
My Rank is MS- Master of Sport
2x32kg – Longcycle-Professional – 95kg class – 66reps – Australian Nationals- August- 2016

Best Competition results?
My best competition result is
2x32kg – Longcycle – Professional – 95kg class – 66reps – Australian Nationals – August- 2016
2x24kg – Longcycle – Amateur – 95kg class – 107reps – Arnold Classic Melbourne – March – 2016

What do you do when your not playing with Kettlebells?
I’m either reading, playing guitar, watching war documentaries or drinking a lot of coffee:)

Any advice for people new to the sport?
My advice is get a reputable coach, ideally one on one to start with. If you can’t, find someone that has experience with online coaching.
Don’t rush, take your time and enjoy.
Practice
Patience
Persistence
and trust in the program and process.

Interview with Athlete Valerie Abbott

Interview with Athlete Valerie Abbott

Athlete Profiles

How Long have you been competing in GS?

I started in Oct 2013, with my first competition in early 2014.

What got you started?

A friend of mine at the gym asked if I wanted to go along to a new Kettlebell class they had just started. I knew that kettlebells were supposed to have great health benefits but thats all I knew at that stage. I said yes, and low and behold it was a class from Jessica Wadd. Since then that same class continues, attracting more and more new people to the sport in the area.

What do you like about the sport?

The sport style of kettlebell training is an amazing combination of strength and endurance. Not only does it make you physically fit, but also mentally too, as you need to be strong willed to succeed also. Whats more is the community and the friendship that is seen around the world in this sport. It truely is amazing.

Do you have a Coach?

Yes. I receive online programming from Abigail Johnston. One of the most outstanding female lifters in the world. I also attend a group session run by Jessica Wadd, another force to be reckoned with in the sport.

  • Do you have any ranks?
  • CMS OALC 24KG KetAcademy (Arnold Classic 2016)
    Rank 1 Snatch IUKL (IUKL Worlds 2016)
  • Best competition result
  • One Arm Long Cycle – 58 reps 24KG Arnold Classic Melbourne 2016
  • Long Cycle – 69 reps 2x16KG IUKL Nationals Melbourne 2016. 2nd place medal at IUKL World Championships Kazakhstan 2016, with 68 reps.
  • Biathlon – 91 reps 2x16KG Jerk. 134 16KG Snatch QLD Regional March 2016
  • Snatch Only – 128 16KG Snatch IUKL World Championship Kazakhstan 2016 (6th place)

What do you do when your not playing with Kettlebells?

I am a Product Owner in a fast pace growing startup called Skedulo. Unfortunately it means I have a stressful, busy and sedentary lifestyle while at work. Meaning that its even more important to keep my strength and fitness up.

Any advice for people new to the sport?

Engage with the Kettlebell community around you. As you grow in the sport you will go through lots of ups and downs and having some great support behind you is vital. Also just spend the time under the bells, sometimes you will feel like the progress is slow, but you need to keep putting in the hard work to reap the rewards.

Meet Cheryl Schneider the Vice President of the GSAA

Meet Cheryl Schneider the Vice President of the GSAA

Athlete Profiles

Achievements
IKSFA CMS LC
Ketacademy MS LC
Ketacademy CMS Snatch
IUKL Rank 1 Snatch
Represented Australia x 2 at IUKL World Championships
Winner at Australian Nationals 2016 Snatch – Professional Division
Coach at Lonedog

Qualifications
Diploma of Management
Certificate IV (Fitness)
Certificate IV (Massage Therapy)
Nutrition Coach
IKSFA Certified Girevoy Sport Coach
For further qualifications (lonedog.com.au/index.php/contact-us)

Contact
Mobile: 0427 261 101
Email: cheryl@lonedog.com.au
Gym: Lonedog – 6/986 Carcoola St, North Albury, NSW

Interview with Athlete Doug Kay

Interview with Athlete Doug Kay

Athlete Profiles

🎙How Long have you been competing in GS?

My first comp was in November 2013 with 16KG Longcycle. I’d been training since the previous March and had a curveball of a major ankle injury 8 weeks prior – Just to make it harder! I managed 82reps and felt very pleased with myself.

🎙What got you started?

Following losing a lot of weight in my early 30s, I started to seek out alternatives to “just being fit”, as that was getting very boring, I needed a goal to work on. I started doing powerlifting for a while with a trainer at my local gym and he suggested I check out Kettlebells. He trained me for my first comp and I was hooked from then on.

🎙What do you like about the sport?

Let’s be honest, It’s still a fringe sport and there is a lot of opportunity to compete at a world level. That said you still have to reach the base qualifying levels. It is a great mix of strength, endurance and flexibility which has appeal for me. It’s challenging, takes consistent work to improve and keeps me out of mischief! mostly…

🎙Do you have a Coach?

I currently train with James Ross (The Richmond Gym – Melbourne). I’ve trained online with various other coaches but do recommend the benefits of an english speaking, locally accessible coach. Just easier!

🎙Do you have any ranks?

I have Achieved Rank 1 in Longcycle (March 2016) IGSF

Best competition result

Long Cycle – Rank 1 – 70 reps 2x24KG

Working on Biathlon this year and may consider both events if my body holds it together!

🎙What do you do when your not playing with Kettlebells?

I eat, a lot. And think about how I can improve my kettlebell lifting. And I run a Project Management Office for a small IT company here in Sydney.

🎙Any advice for people new to the sport?

Relax and be patient. It’s a challenge to get good at it and it will take time. Like all weight baring sports, at some point you have to push your limits and see what’s possible.. but balancing that with not rushing to lift heavier all the time is important. Get a reputable coach, talk to them and listen to them, push yourself and don’t forget to stretch!

It’s also an awesome international community of friendly and very welcoming lifters. Get amongst it.

Interview with Master of Sport James Ross

Athlete Profiles, Video Interviews

A HUGE congratulations to James Ross (owner of The Richmond Gym) on achieving Master of Sport in Biathlon this past weekend at the Arnold Classic competition in Melbourne.

James managed 80 Jerks and 91 Snatches with the 32kg Bells. James is now the only Australian to hold MS in Half Marathon, Long Cycle and NOW Biathlon!

Watch the interview below with Cheryl and James and get his valuable advice.

Interview with Saga Wessman

Interview with Saga Wessman

Athlete Profiles

🎙How Long have you been Competing in GS?

I started in 2013 with coaching from Jessica Wadd and attended my first competition with a 8kg bell.

🎙What got you started?

I was working at a gym where they had open lift sessions and after trying a few classes i was hooked. I also trained to get certified under IKFF as a Kettlebell Coach in 2014.

🎙What do you like about the sport?

I like the challenge of strength endurance in the sport and that it is a never ending journey. I love the community of kettlebell sport I’ve made some lifelong friends along the way.

🎙Do you have a Coach?

Yes Jessica Wadd based in Brisbane. I need someone who can push me the right amount and prepare me for competitions.

🎙Do you have any ranks?

CMS with ketacademy in OALC 16kg – (Melbourne, 2014)
Rank 1 with IUKL in TALC 12kg – (Brisbane, Dec 2016)

🎙Best Competition Results

-One Arm Long Cycle-
16kg- 117 reps at IUKL World’s in 2016 Kazakhstan (trial)- placing 4th

-Long Cycle-
12kg- 79 reps – 48kg class- unofficial WR (Brisbane, Dec 2016)

🎙What do you do when your not playing with Kettlebells?

I teach my clients about the benefit of exercise and keeping fit and healthy. I love to travel overseas to find new adventures!

🎙Any advice for people new to the sport?

Be patient and try to learn from others about technique and attend local competitions to get experience on the platform!

Contact here via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saga.wessman

Meet the President of GSAA Jessica Wadd

Meet the President of GSAA Jessica Wadd

Athlete Profiles

Qualifications

Cert 3&4 in fitness
IKFF CKT 1&2
Kettlebell Coach

Achievements

First Australian female to compete with 2x24kg Biathlon
CMS 2x24kg Biathlon (Keta academy)
Represented Australia 3 times at IUKL World Championships
Head Coach to team Kettlebell Jess

Contact

Mobile: 0404142766
Email: hello@kettlebelljess.com
Gym: Kettlebell Central, 2/65 Sandgate Road Albion