Kettlebell team heading to Ireland for world championship

Okanagan Valley Kettlebell team earns spot on Team Canada for world championships

The Okanagan Valley Kettlebells are sending three athletes to the world championships in Dublin, Ireland Nov. 25-29. Charlie Fornelli,  Slava Petlitsa and Kathryn Golbeck were in Edmonton July 18 competing in the Canadian Kettlebell Alliance national qualifier. Each won their respective divisions and are now part of Team Canada. Fornelli will compete in the men’s professional biathlon and long cycle events (a kettlebell clean and jerk), Petlitsa in the professional long cycle event and Golbeck in the women’s professional snatch-only event.

Kettlebell sport is a power-endurance sport requiring the athlete to lift as many repetitions of a specific kettlebell in ten minutes. The Okanagan Valley Kettlebells will be at the Penticton Downtown Community Market Aug. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fundraiser and give awareness about the sport. They will be donating part of their funds to the OSNS Child Development Centre.

More information about kettlebell sport in Canada can be found here: http://www.ckasport. org/. Golbeck can also be contacted for more information at kathryngolbeck@shaw.ca or 250-487-0999.