I had the opportunity
to compete in the 2006 World Masters Girevoy (Kettlebell) Sport championships in Hamburg , Germany. Although there was
an major language barrier , on the competition platform we all spoke the same language, albeit with different "accents" reflecting
various styles of lifting.
The Ukrainian team was strong
, and there is clearly an excellent training infrastructure. David Klenow cut an imposing figure from the moment he stepped
into the gymnasium . It wasn’t just the pirate look – Ukrainian bandana , double earring , short ponytail and
long socks – he swaggered with all the assuredness and intent of a hardened buccaneer. It was obvious he had travelled
the high seas for many years, with many tales to tell! For the non-Russians who
competed he was most encouraging , approaching us after our performances and by means of sign language peppered with
Russian, indicating the GS world was our oyster . But only if we prepared to weather some rough seas!
For me , the meeting will
always be memorable for meeting the “Pirate” with his big beaming smile.
After the competition he
showed me pictures of his family , his many medals and pictures taken with the governor of the Ukraine.
He handed me two pages of Cyrillic script ; essentially a piece summarising his journey thus far , and spoke thus: “internet”.
I presumed he wished to be “known” in the West and thus I have constructed this little site dedicated to a
great master girevik.
Thanks to David for much
inspiration and , following the comp , giving me the shirt off his back.
Paul Tucker , Tasmania,
(Many thanks to Vlad Rakic & Mr
Radic Snr. for translating the document , first into Serbian and then into English. )