‘My Triple Crown’
Arklow’s Stephen bags third All-Ireland
ARKLOW native Stephen Nolan has been competing in many sports from the age of 12 and after 25 years of competitive sport he has accomplished what he calls his ‘Triple Crown’.
Starting with Stephen’s All-Ireland gold medal in cross country league, whereby you have to run at least four from five races just for one medal provided that you finish in the top three of course, The Arklow man trained and competed in athletics for 21 years, winning his last two races in Tinahely at 32 years of age.
Talented Stephen also started boxing at the age of 12, winning two fights at 13. But the athletics took full flight as the schools and Father Murphy’s competitions were coming thick and fast.
Stephen trained every day and in all weather conditions to better his chances of winning the gold someday - which took five years in the end.
He trained with Fr. Murphy’s three days a week, with Benidicts two days a week and every lunchbreak five days a week around the school fields.
This training eventually won him the All-Ireland gold.
He also started doing Taekwondo at 14 with Master Michael Fitzgerald and won a national Title in 2001.
At 17, he started lifting weights and joined Cha Fleming’s bodybuilding gym at 18.
He qualified as a fitness instructor later that year up in DCU, obtaining the N.C.E.F. But, subsequently, he couldn’t find work in the town in the fitness industry so ended up working in P. Boland’s (Topline) for eight years and DJing and the weekends.
After Boland’s he set up Nolan’s Wallpapers in the town but his passion for fitness was unstoppable and started to teach Boxercise with Pat Breen up in St. Mogues Hall in Inch for three years.
‘Then a chance encounter with Declan Byrne, a highly recommend mechanic, and also a fitness guru himself in cycling, taekwondo and Kenpo asked me would I be interested in setting up what’s now Deco Dojo and we set off teaching kickboxercise six years ago,’ explains Stephen.
Then he went for his personal training cert in Liffey Valley and qualified as a level 4 personal trainer with the N.E.F.P.C and has been teaching for five years in Deco Dojo and one year in Coral Leisure Center in Arklow.
At this stage natural bodybuilding was his newest passion and from 16 months out he decided, ‘right, let’s go all out for a national natural bodybuilding competition’ and lo and behold he won gold on his first ever bodybuilding competition down in Cork earlier this month.
This achievement was massive for him as it was his third national title in three completely different sports, or as Stephen likes to call it, ‘My little Triple Crown’.
Now personal training on the other hand is for everybody who wants to improve themselves. He trains all ages from 12 to 80 years old at your ability level. He does mobility with strength and conditioning ie. resistance training for all. Plus, he looks after your diet and nutrition too so don’t be afraid to contact him either on Facebook, messenger, text or call on 083 8331114.
Up next for Stephen is a shot at the W.N.B.F. (world natural bodybuilding federation title) in New York.
‘I need your help and support. If there are any willing sponsors out there give me a shout because this world title .... I’m training to win,’ he said
Stephen Nolan during the competition in Cork.
Stephen with his gold medal.