Northern Rivers roller derby members, Kimmando Karnage, Nora the Explorer, Larry End’er, Amazon Agetya and Sydeshow Ali (pulling at front) in the truck challenge at Lismore Festival of Fitness.
Northern Rivers roller derby members, Kimmando Karnage, Nora the Explorer, Larry End’er, Amazon Agetya and Sydeshow Ali (pulling at front) in the truck challenge at Lismore Festival of Fitness. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Girls' show of strength

BICEPS bulged and veins swelled as Northern Rivers locals tried to pull a truck up Keen St, Lismore, quicker than Australia's Strongest Man.

Seven local businesses entered teams into the inaugural Lismore CBD Truck Challenge, a sub-event of Lismore Festival of Fitness, held on Saturday.

In an effort for the fastest time, the teams and 43-year-old Derek Boyer, winner of Australia's Strongest Man competition for the past 15 years, took turns pulling a 30-tonne truck 20m up the street.

"Once the truck is snapped of its perch, I think it will build up momentum quite quickly and you can expect to see some pretty quick times today," Mr Boyer said.

Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre's team was fastest with a brisk time of 41 seconds, while Mr Boyer took 65 seconds to pull the truck 20m on his own.

"I want to thank these guys for coming out here and taking on the challenge," Mr Boyer said.

"It speaks volumes about the place and the environment these competitors come from - Lismore."

Since 2008, Mr Boyer has annually pulled trucks through Lismore's CBD but never competed against locals.

Lismore Festival of Fitness organiser Severino Da Roit said the truck pull and festival aim to get people living healthy lifestyles.

"It's about raising people's awareness of fitness and the truck pull shows you have to be fit to be strong," he said.

The truck pull was also a fundraiser for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. The rescue organisation entered a team into the event but was called out to a mission and forced to withdraw.



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