Tuesday 20 February 2018

TV3 star Lisa Cannon's nervous about powerlifting debut, but fiance Richard keeps her motivated

Lisa Cannon is excited by the effect power lifting has had on her body.
Lisa Cannon is excited by the effect power lifting has had on her body.
TV3's Lisa Cannon
Lisa Cannon in Body Health and Fitness gym, Stillorgan. Photo: Ei Keegan.
Lisa at Newbridge Silverware
Lisa Cannon at the opening night of Warhorse at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre Pic: Brian McEvoy.
Fashion Stylist Jacques Mpana and Lisa Cannon, TV3
Lisa Cannon, Niall Breslin aka Bressie - Today FM's The Ray Darcy Show broke their fifth World Record for Today FMs Shave or Dye. 179 heads and 179 shavers, recruited by the show, were gathered in The Round Room to undertake the record attempt. Photo: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

Eimear Rabbitte

IT’s D-Day for presenter Lisa Cannon, and she admitted that she’s feeling “very nervous” ahead of her powerlifting debut today.

The Dubliner will swap her glad rags for a singlet and a weightlifting belt when she takes part in the Powerlifting Championships in Drogheda.

Cannon, who co-hosts fashion show Xpose, has been training for more than two months, but said she is worried it may not have been enough to get her over the line.

“I’m very nervous – I haven't competed in any kind of sport since I was in my early teens,” she told the Herald.

“I’ve been conditioning myself to get to 100kg and I haven't lifted that yet, but I'm hoping adrenaline will get me over the line.”

The 35-year-old has struggled with “the night-before jitters”, but was helped by her fiance, rugby player Richard Keatley, who’s taking part in the male Powerlifting Championships today.


“Richard has been posting motivational quotes from people like Nelson Mandela around the house all week and I have been up really late at night watching motivational videos,” said Cannon.

“Because the diet and fitness regime is so tough, it made sense for Richard to do the competition too because he has been helping me with my food and everything.

“There are 70 women from all over the world and Ireland competing so it is very daunting, but I have trained very hard so I have to believe that I can do it.”

While she’s looking forward to her first drink in nearly three months at tonight's IFTAs, Cannon admitted she will miss her strict regime.

“I think I might actually miss it and the structure that comes with it,” she said.

“Having said that, I’m looking forward to having brunch and eating bacon and sausages so we’ll see how it goes, but I might well do something at a later stage.

\[Maeve Richardson\]The fashion presenter is looking forward to her first drink in three months at tonight's awards ceremony, where she will celebrate alongside her Xpose colleagues.

“Karen (Koster) told me that she is going to buy me my first drink so hopefully I make the ceremony,” Lisa told the Herald.

The presenter will take her red Suzanne Neville gown, originally designed for Hollywood actress Kate Winslet, to the Powerlifting competition with her before making her way straight to the IFTA's, taking place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ballsbridge.

“There are 70 competitors taking part in the Powerlifting Championships so hopefully I get back in time- I could be getting changed in the car,” added Lisa.

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