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Cavan Paralympian Britney Arendse back home on Irish soil

Aug 31, 2021 07:15 By News Northern Sound
Cavan Paralympian Britney Arendse back home on Irish soil
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She beat her personal best three times at the Games.

Cavan Paralympian Britney Arendse is back home on Irish soil.

It was a busy Games for the Mullagh powerlifter, who had her homecoming late last night.

She was the Irish team's flagbearer for the opening ceremony and she smashed her personal best three times at the Paralympics in Tokyo.

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She finished seventh in the 73kg class and managed weights of 103kg, 104kg, and finally 107kg, despite having never lifted more than 102kg before the Games.

Local councillor Shane P O'Reilly thanked everyone in Mullagh who turned out at midnight to welcome Britney home.

South African-born Britney started powerlifting at 16 and made history at the Tokyo Games when she became Ireland's first female athlete to compete in the sport at the Paralympics.

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