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BELFAST TELEGRAPH Article
“A few years ago Rory Girvan was overweight, drinking too much and in despair. Now, to mark Men’s Health Week, the Belfast gym owner reveals how getting fit transformed his life.
At first glance, champion weight lifter Rory Girvan appears to have it all … he owns and runs his own Belfast city centre gym, Hench, which has produced a string of world class sports men and women, he is a successful athlete in his own right and has a devoted girlfriend.
But Rory (30) has fought a lifelong battle with depression, during which time his weight ballooned to 17 stone, he hit the bottle and would often lie in bed for days wondering if he would ever be happy or enjoy life again.”
“Rory Girvan is at the top of his game as the current All-Ireland Powerlifting Champion – but the Belfast man has been through many dark days with depression. Here he tells Graeme Cousins how exercise and strength training helped him cope with this debilitating mental illness.
Belfast man Rory, who refers to himself as the former overweight depressed guy, is the current All-Ireland Powerlifting Champion who founded one of Belfast’s most respected strength coaching gymnasiums – HENCH.”
BELFAST LIVE article
“Tomorrow, 30-year-old Rory Girvan will complete in the All-Ireland power lifting championships.
It’s quite an achievement for the North Belfast man, already NI champ, but it’s even more of an achievement when you get a glimpse of what he’s been through to get here.
Since he was a teenager, Rory has battled through his own mental health demons – and it’s fair to say that he’s coming out on top.”
IRISH NEWS article
“A MENTAL health charity teamed up with a powerlifting champion at the weekend to promote the link between physical fitness and mental wellbeing.
Niamh, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, and Northern Ireland powerlifter Rory Girvan met with shoppers and staff at Sainbury’s Holywood Exchange – which has chosen the organisation as its charity of the year – to raise awareness about support services for those battling depression and mental health problems…”
PRINCES TRUST Award
“The Ulster Bank Enterprise award recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or a community or social enterprise.
A few years ago Rory suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depression. When he lost his job because of mental health stigma, he decided to return to exercising and start his own business.
Rory used his experience of adversity to motivate him. He soon achieved the title of overall Powerlifting Champion for Northern Ireland and narrowly missed taking the top title at the World Powerlifting Championships in 2013.”
BBC Newsline Article
“Rory Girvan is hoping his story will encourage more men to use physical activity to help develop their mental wellbeing.
Rory knows first hand about the benefits training provides and says everyone should find something they enjoy from “physiological and physical perspective”.
The champion powerlifter has a final message for anyone who has any hesitations about getting active: ‘Just do it. Get Involved.’ “
#1 Way to Get Fit in Belfast
“There’s a strict rule of no selfies in Hench… unless you’re The Mountain from Game of Thrones.”
Rory Girvan turns on power to be Ireland's top lifter
“Belfast’s Rory Girvan has powered his way to become the best Irish lifter of all time in his weight class at the World Powerlifting Championships in Glasgow at the weekend.”
Ex-world champion powerlifter urges NI men to open up
“A former world champion powerlifter and three time world champion strongman has urged men in Northern Ireland to open up about their mental health.
American Bill Kazmaier is backing the efforts of local mental health charity, Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health).
Bill is calling on men of all ages to view opening up about their mental health not as a weakness but as a strength.”
Ambassador for Charity
“Northern Ireland and Ireland Powerlifting champion, Rory Girvan kindly volunteers his time to act as our Ambassador for Male Wellbeing. Rory who also owns and runs HENCH, a gym and fitness centre in Belfast City Centre has faced his own battle with depression. He now shares his experience and his own philosophy for keeping both body and mind ‘fit’ to help encourage men to speak up about their mental and emotional wellbeing, and seek help when they need it.”