Heave-ho: Showing off their strongman skills in preparation for Saturday’s Australia’s Strongest Man are Hernes Freight Service employees (from left) Trent Schaefer, Jamie Lavis, Simon Balzer and Josh Herne, trying to budge a 25-tonne semi-trailer.
Heave-ho: Showing off their strongman skills in preparation for Saturday’s Australia’s Strongest Man are Hernes Freight Service employees (from left) Trent Schaefer, Jamie Lavis, Simon Balzer and Josh Herne, trying to budge a 25-tonne semi-trailer. Jacklyn Wagner

Strongest men to pull 25t truck

THE lads from Hernes Freight Service in Lismore are a tough bunch, but they don’t compare with the men competing in Australia’s Strongest Man this weekend.

The trucking company will be leaving one of their prized trucks in the hands of 10 of Australia’s strongest men, when they individually take on the 25-tonne truck pull up Lismore’s Keen Street on Saturday.

Hernes junior warehouse attendant Trent Schaefer said he really doesn’t know how these men do it.

“Four of us tried to pull the truck and it didn’t move an inch,” Trent said.

“I would imagine they will feel very sore and very tired after pulling that much weight.”

The business owner, Stuart Herne, said the event was for a great cause and was highly beneficial for the local community.

“All the proceeds are going to the Lismore Homeless Shelter and Soup Kitchen, so it’s really going to be helpful to those people in our community who are in desperate need,” Mr Herne said.

“Australia’s Strongest Man is likely to generate lots of tourism for Lismore and as a result the motels, cafes and stores will be bustling with life this weekend.”

Hernes Freight Service has been a proud sponsor of the event for three years now and plans to be for years to come.

“I’m happy to be a sponsor of the event to help the community I have lived in my entire life,” Mr Herne said.

“It’s a family day out and it will be great to see most of the local community taking part in it.”

Most of the event will take place at Oakes Oval, where Australia’s strongest men will continue to compete in events pushing their strength to the extreme.

The 315kg giant axle lift, one-tonne wheel barrow push and 125kg overhead log press are only a few of the must-see events taking place at the oval.

There also will be entertainment to suit everyone’s taste, including hip hop performances, DJ music, zumba aerobics and circus acts.

The entrance fee is $10 for adults and it’s free for kids younger than 12 years of age.



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