Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan, 30 years old


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

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 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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