Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan, 30 years old

Education:

2008 BS Criminal Justice from Sacred Heart University

2010 MA Criminal Justice, Sacred Heart

2015 John Jay College of Criminal Justice Certificate in Advanced Terrorism Studies

Athletic career:

2004-2008 Division I wrestler at Sacred Heart University (149lbs/157lbs)

Multiple time New England and Connecticut State Champion at 85kg and 94kg (want dates?)

2015 94kg American Open Championship competitor

2016 94 kg National Qualifier

2015-2016 USAW Level I and II certified

Professional career:

2011-2015 Norwalk, Connecticut Police Officer

2015-present Cranston, Rhode Island Police Officer

How I joined the great sport of Olympic Weightlifting:

In the spring of 2008 at Sacred Heart University I had wrapped up my wrestling season and I was training in the weight room. I was anticipating to continue wrestling in 2009 as part of my red shirt senior year. However, I was introduced to Gary Valentine who recognized that I may have https://xenproject.org/my-profile/3475-shutov.html potential in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. I knew of the lifts, but never the correct movements in their entirety. Gary Valentine took me from a good lifter to a great weightlifter. After lifting with Gary for just a month I immediately noticed the difference in my strength capabilities. I went back into the wrestling room and was easily handling teammates with less physical exertion.

Since then I made a decision to never look back and have since devoted myself to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. If it was not for that day that I met Gary…I may have never become this passionate about the sport.

My best lifts were in August 2015:

Connecticut Championships: Blue Streak

Bodyweight 89.9kg

Snatch: 135kg

Clean and Jerk: 167kg

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