How glamorous paramedic went from learning how to lift weights in CrossFit to making the Australian Commonwealth Games team in just four years
- A Victorian paramedic is set to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games
- Brenna Kean, 27, went from CrossFit to the pinnacle of weightlifting in four years
- Kean juggles demanding full-time work as a paramedic with intense training
A glamorous paramedic who was introduced to weightlifting through CrossFit just four years ago has skyrocketed through the sport’s ranks to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in July.
Brenna Kean, 27, learned the basics of lifting when she joined the world-famous fitness regime and picked it up so quickly she was soon training with one of the best coaches in Australia.
From there she stamped herself as a top-level talent, resulting in her selection in the national team by Commonwealth Games Australia on Tuesday.
Brenna Kean went from learning the basics of weightlifting in CrossFit classes to representing her country in an incredibly short space of time
She’ll represent Australia in the 59kg class when the British city of Birmingham hosts the Commonwealth Games from July 28
Hailing from Geelong, about 65km south-west of Melbourne, Kean had to juggle her full-time paramedic job with a highly demanding training regime – and found one of the keys to success came when she was unconscious.
‘I’ve always been really strict with my sleep plan,’ Kean told the Geelong Advertiser.
‘Obviously sleep is one of the most important things for an athlete so I really manage my schedule around my sleep and then training.’
Kean will represent Australia in the 59kg class only after competing for the first time in March last year and recording a series of personal bests recently.
The elite athlete’s first club competition was in Geelong, which qualified her for the Victorian Championships.
Ms Kean then excelled at the Australian championships in November, before heading to the Singapore International in February.
Kean (pictured) will be the first Australian weightlifter in action when she makes her Commonwealth Games debut
And for someone who comes in under 60kg, she can throw a lot of metal around, recording a personal best clean and jerk of 108kg and a total of 190kg at the Singapore International event in February.
She sees her Commonwealth Games debut as an ‘incredible opportunity’ and wants to enjoy the experience.
‘Being my debut I don’t have many expectations … I love competition and I always have … it feels like just the beginning but it’s a super exciting opportunity, I just want to try and do my best,’ she said.
Despite weighing less than 60kg, Kean has a personal clean and jerk of 108kg
The talented weightlifter (pictured with her husband Sam Hibble) said she is eager to make the Paris Olympics in 2024
‘This opportunity is such a privilege and hope to make everyone who has supported me proud,’ Kean said on Instagram.
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