‘My Triple Crown’

Ark­low’s Stephen bags third All-Ire­land

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BODYBUILDI­NG in Cork

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.

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