Amy Donoghue – Junior International Powerlifter
Amy, who is from Baylin, is an 18 year old student of Biomedical Science at the University of Limerick and is also an Irish Powerlifting Federation Junior Champion.
She first started training with weights when she was just 16 and her potential was shown when she deadlifted 100kg at her first attempt. Based at the Athlone RSC gym and under the guidance of coach Joe Macken, she entered her first competition in February 2014 and won with ease. Since then she has won her category in every competition entered and earned a WDFPF European Powerlifting title in April of last year.
One of her goals was realised last month at the Irish PF National Championships in Limerick when Amy became a Junior Champion in the 57kg category and set National records in the Squat (100kg), Deadlift (130kg) and Total (277.5kg). As a result Amy was invited to join the Irish Powerlifting Federation’s National Team and will represent Ireland as a junior lifter (Under 23) at the World Championships in Texas this summer.
This young athlete has really defied the myth that girls should not lift heavy weights. Her hard work, training, dedication and achievements have encouraged so many others to compete in Powerlifting and has contributed to the growth of the Athlone Powerlifting Club in recent times.
We would like to thank Amy for taking on the role of Ambassador and wish her well over the next year.