Jonathan Kelly County Antrim IRE – Highland Games & Strongman

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Jonathan Kelly is truly a superb athlete in a range of sports, strength sports is what makes him a champion on our Irish Strength Hall of Fame. He has proven not only to be a great Arm-wrestler and Strongman champion, but has lifted undisputed 7 Irish Highland Games titles (2003, 2005, 2007,2009, 2010,2011, 2015).

The fact that some of these titles are not back to back, proves the quality of competition in Ireland. Jonathan Kelly had to face real tough athletes on the way to achieve these 6 crowns, and lift the coveted Highland Warrior Trophy as series champion.

 

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Winning many Highland games competitions over the past years, he has consistently proved he is the man to beat! These titles have taken Jonathan to several world internationals in Germany, Norway, France, Hungry and Scotland. In 2013 Jonathan Kelly became IHGF World Amateur Champion and IHGF World Amateur Caber Tossing Champion in Holland. A massive achievement from our Celtic Warrior in the  Games.

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Being young in the sport he has many more years to give, and wins to take. Our greatest 6 times Irish Highland Games champion now deservedly finds his way onto our Irish Strength Hall of Fame board. Jonathan Kelly being over 5 times winner makes him a legend in this our Irish Highland Games Sport.

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Jonathan Kelly County Antrim came from a Rugby and Highland Games background to become a Strongman champion. He used his skills of power flexibility to good use right away in the Strongman sport, winning all the mobility events almost right away! Farmers walk and Tyre Flipping disciplines he was becoming unbeatable . His static power in less than two years grew to the point Jonathan Kelly in 2011 won Ulster Strongest Man and went on to be crowned Ireland strongest Man 2011 and lift the biggest trophy in Ireland the coveted Finn McCool Trophy in the same year.

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In 2012 lost the title, placing a disappointing 3rd by Jonathan’s  high standards.  But like all REAL CHAMPIONS you must win it twice, with the special ones reclaiming it after they lost it. In 2013 Jonathan Kelly was crowned Ireland Strongest Man 2013 and lifted the coveted Finn McCool Trophy for the second time. Jonathan Kelly to win it once is good and to win it twice you are a REAL CHAMPION! Welcome to the Strongman induction into the Hall of Fame .I am sure we will see many more strength titles from this young man.

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