It’s nearly upon us. Saturday 26th April. The GSU English Kettlebell Championships 2014. Live from Manchester.


It seems to have come round so quick. I can still remember all the trial, tribulations and stresses from hosting our first Kettlebell Competition last year. This time it’s been slightly easier to organise as I know what to expect, but still it’s a mammoth job. Last year we had 70 athletes visit us from all over the UK and Ireland. This time round we have athletes coming to us from a whole wide range of countries. We have a team visiting us from Andorra, if anyone speaks Spanish you may be called upon, as well as a visitor from Norway, luckily Linda speaks English! Phew!! It all adds up-to 100+ athletes visiting us from nine different countries.
The pie chart below shows the percentages of athletes attending.

Countries Represented

Anyone who has ever organised a Kettlebell Sport Competition will understand all the stresses involved. All the planning and prep work. Training up judges. Double checking and triple checking all the data to make sure everything is correct. Then re-doing it all when people inevitably pull-out at last minute. I can’t remember who said it but I’m sure…

‘It’ll be alright on the night!’

Last years competition ran better than I ever imagined and we had some awesome feedback from it. For me it was the best competition of the year, but then I may be bias. Can myself and the team pull it off again? I hope so. It sure as hell won’t be from lack of trying. We’ve tried to go bigger and better this year, which will hopefully be reciprocated in the quality of lifting and competition. We even have a couple of surprises up our sleeves.

As always it will be great to catch up with old friends, and watch some inspiring lifting. It’ll be interesting to see how the new faces get on. There is always one surprising performance from a débutante, who will it be this time round? I can’t wait to find out.

First up we have to get through the weigh-ins and the final set up on Friday and then we’re good to go. Roll on Saturday….

It’s time to get up. It’s time to compete. You’re competing against yourself, so just be better than you were last time round. Do things better than you have ever done them before. Make your time count. Always compete.