I have always done some sport or another throughout my life, be it hockey, football, basketball... I was even a sailing instructor for a number of year but it was 3 years ago when I got into Girevoy. This is the offical name for Kettlebell sport, it is a form of weightlifting that uses a unique combination of endurance and strength. It is a sport that you will quickly learn where you're strength and weaknesses are but also to allow you to grow and and turn your weaknesses into strengths.
The sport originated out of Russia and over the past few decades has been growing momentum at and increasingly fast pace. There are numerous ranking tables and governing bodies but it has a great community of lifters all over the world. A competition set for an athlete consists of one of the three lifts (snatch, jerk, long cycle) or in biathlon which is a combination of snatch and jerk for a total of 10 minutes, for max reps. When I picked the sport up, I wasn't aware of its benefits, or its reach and the increase in fitness and general wellbeing it could bring to my life.
I train 6 to 7 times a week with a range between endurance cardio to HIIT and weightlifting, and of course training with Kettlebells four times a week. Currently in preparation for my second World Championships In Kazakhstan where I hope to place on the podium. Holding a Candidate of Master of Sports in 24kg Long Cycle in my weight category and some Rank I's in other lifts, I intend to continue competing and gain my Master of Sports ranking within the next year or so.
As a sponsor you would get a unique opportunity to get in at the ground floor as they would say in business. This sport is growing and with the reaction I see when a new athlete picks it up, it will be huge over the next few years. Being part of a national team representing Australia, there is also an opportunity to not only solely sponsor me as an athlete but also get involved with the national team, which offers many sponsorship options currently, including logos on all team uniforms, supporters apparel etc, branding at events etc.
1986 (age 32)