WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships

VIDEO: Aoibheann lifts World Championship crown

John Connolly


John Connolly

Ballinamore's Aoibheann Boyle is top of the World after she became a World Champion last weekend in Italy and set a new World record in the process.

Aoibheann won the Junior title at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Riva del Garda in Italy as she set a new world record in the squat with 140 kg while also benching 62.5 kg and finishing off with a 16 0kg deadlift with her World record captured on the video below.

There was further joy for Ballinamore as Tommy "Spike" McCormack took third in his category in Italy.

Leitrim's new World Champion has been inundated with messages of congratulations since her triumph in Italy but still managed a low-key homecoming on Monday evening when she arrived back home as she told the Leitrim Observer "The reaction has been amazing, I can’t believe the amount of support I got from everyone around the town, it has been amazing.”

For more on Aoibheann's remarkable victory in the World Championships, see this week's Leitrim Observer for more reaction.