The 21-year-old GMIT Culinary Arts student was crowned European Young Chef 2017 at the European Young Chef Awards last month. The only female finalist, and one of eight chefs to make it to the final stage of the competition, the Gort girl was awarded the accolade following a practical skills test at the University College of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts in Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona.
The brief called for dishes that promoted innovation around traditional cuisine from the students respective homelands and Aisling’s salted mackerel, pickle, root seasonal vegetables and sheep’s yogurt proved most popular with the judges. The final of the 2018 competition will be held in Galway, as part of our year-long programme of events for European Region of Gastronomy. Watch this space!
A strength athlete based in Galway, Michelle competes as both a strongwoman and a powerlifter. A member of Galway Strength and Performance, a strength-specific training ground based in Ballybrit, Michelle competed in Ireland’s Strongest Woman earlier this year winning her weight category outright as well as setting a new Irish record in deadlift. Just last month, Michelle received her official invitation to compete at the World’s Strongest Woman which means she has been selected as one of the top 30 lightweight females in the world and will compete on 16 December in North Carolina USA. With an increase in popularity regarding both health and wellbeing, strength sports such as strongwoman and powerlifting are becoming more and more popular to promote interest and increase participation in the sport.
21-year-old Brendan Kenny is a champion kickboxer from Monivea, Galway. 2017 saw him compete at some of the most prestigious tournaments all around the world. He took multiple gold and silver medals at the Irish Open, Dutch Open and Hungarian World Cup which earned him the number one ranking in the 84kg category and number two ranking at 79kg. Brendan travels to Dublin to train with Red Star Kickboxing several times a week to get the correct training to compete with the best in the world. He runs his own kickboxing club in Monivea and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with the local kids. Last April, Brendan won his first national title at senior level. The victory allowed him to qualify to represent Ireland in the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships last month. It’s onwards and upwards for this young sportstar!