Sam Stewart from team Fruitos competes in the challenge yeaterday.
Sam Stewart from team Fruitos competes in the challenge yeaterday.

Show of strength assists kids’ charity

AS THEIR muscles ache after pushing themselves to the limit, many Samson Challenge competitors' minds are focused on improving their time in 2014.

Such is the addiction of physical exertion for a worthy cause.

Samson Challenge organiser Rebekka Battista said the third annual event raised more than $10,000 for charity Our Kids, which will go towards Lismore Base Hospital's children's ward.

Mrs Battista said competitors from the 43 teams said the 2013 course was the hardest in Samson Challenge history.

She thanked all the teams for their efforts in the challenge and in fundraising.

 

"The feedback I have been getting from competitors has been great and the event has turned out to be fantastic," she said.

 

BG Stave of the Crossfit Byron Bay team said her first Samson Challenge was exhausting but she will be back in 2014.

"It's great to compete in a team with the other girls to raise money for a good cause," she said.

Hundreds of spectators watched and cheered on competitors as sweat dripped from their straining bodies under sunny skies after last month's event was postponed due to rain.

Goonellabah's Ray Taylor, whose team Steve's Studs took out the men's masters division said he enjoyed the Hepburn Park location, the course and the run to and from GSAC.

"I have always played competitive sport so after retiring this was the next step for me," he said.

"Coming from a competitive team aspect the Samson Challenge has filled the void for me as I wanted to continue to keep fit."

Samson Challenge champion teams

  • Overall winner: Group FX Lismore
  • Open men's: Group FX Lismore
  • Open women's: Synergy PT
  • Mixed open: Nine12
  • Masters men: Steve's Studs
  • Masters mixed: Nine12S.O.C'S


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