A Closer Look at Coach Kortney:
Many of you know Kortney from training alongside her or you may have experienced her coaching classes in City Centre. She came on board as an apprentice coach with CrossFit Dublin back in June, shortly after relocating to Dublin from Wisconsin with her husband. Prior to her time at CrossFit Dublin, Kortney was a certified personal trainer and wellness coach in her hometown of Beloit, Wisconsin. She was also an avid CrossFitter at the local CrossFit which is also when she received her L1 coaching certificate.
After moving to Ireland and joining up with CrossFit Dublin, Kortney chose to prioritize her training focusing on becoming more technically proficient in Olympic weightlifting in order to better coach the lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk, as well as to help improve her own CrossFit performance. As they say, “train your weaknesses until they become strengths” – and that’s exactly what she has done. When she’s not at CrossFit, you can probably find her training with her weightlifting coaches: Weightlifting Ireland president–Harry Leech, and Ireland’s number one ranked female weightlifter–Alexandria Craig, at Capital Strength Weightlifting Club located in D8.
Since embarking on a more Olympic weightlifting specific training program, Kortney has successfully competed in two Weightlifting Ireland sanctioned competitions with plans to continue competing in the future. Her very first competition was The Capital Strength Open in September where she completed 5/6 lifts and took first place in her weight class competing as a 69kg lifter. Her second competition was the National Irish Club Championship held in Cork this past October. Lifting again with Capital Strength, she contributed to her team’s first place win for overall club in Ireland, while individually taking third in her weight class.
Kortney continues to train the Olympic lifts regularly, and plans to host an Olympic weightlifting workshop for CrossFit Dublin members in the coming months. She will also be working to earn her Weightlifting Ireland Level One Assistant Club Coach certification, which is an extensive course in coaching the Olympic lifts accredited by both The Irish Sports Council and Coaching Ireland. Her involvement in the sport of weightlifting helps maintain the high quality of coaching for CFD members as she is eager to share her knowledge and passion. If you have any questions or hope to improve your technique on the lifts, don’t hesitate to seek out Kortney inside or outside of class, and she’ll be happy to assist.