Three members of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Powerlifting Club are on the Irish team at a world championship event being hosted by the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation in France later this month.
Barry Piggott, Dan Fleury and Tomas Cuddihy are the first CIT powerlifters to compete at this level, and will face the cream of the sport globally when they participate in the WDFPF World Single Lifts Championship in Autun, France, from June 22nd to 25th.
The club experienced its first international success last month, when Tomas Cuddihy, competing in the WDFPF European Championships in Italy, became European Champion in the 125kg Masters One division, setting a new Irish record with his 600kg lift.
Tomas will compete in all three lifts (squat, bench press and deadlift) in the 125kg Masters One division in France. Dan Fleury will contest the bench press in the 110kg senior division, while Barry Piggott, the national champion in squat and bench press, will compete in all three lifts in the 82.5kg junior category.
The lifters (coached by Peter Lucey) qualified for the Irish team following their performances in the Irish Drug-Free Powerlifting Association national single lifts championships last February.