Strongman is ready to rock
DEREK BOYER is Australia's strongest man, but for this 145kg hunk of manhood that is simply not enough.
Now Mr Boyer, 42, will try to break his own world record when on Australia Day he attempts to lift a 2m column of basalt rock, estimated to weigh more than a tonne (1000kg).
Mr Boyer holds the world record for lifting a rock weighing 760kg, which he set at Oakes Oval, Lismore this year.
It will be the first time anyone has attempted to lift a rock of this size.
Mr Boyer said he was motivated by a love of challenging himself to lift big things.
His quest to develop super-human strength was inspired by a childhood love of superheroes such as the Incredible Hulk.
"He was a misunderstood heroic figure and I felt that I understood him," Mr Boyer said.
He said he learned at a young age, after succeeding at regional level athletics, that it was possible to achieve your dreams if you were prepared to work hard.
"When I was 11, I came second in the 800m run at school. The winner boasted about himself. So every morning I got up at 6am and trained for the regional carnival. I won that race convincingly," he said.
"From that I learned anything is possible."
The rock Mr Boyer plans to lift is at the entry to the Blakebrook Quarry near Lismore.
If he is successful in his world record attempt he will send out a worldwide challenge to the world's 30 strongest men, of which he is one, to come to Lismore to try to lift the rock.
It is hoped the world's strongest man, Brian Shaw, will also attempt to lift the rock when he is in Australia in March.
The lift will be part of a promotion for Lismore's Festival of Fitness to be held in July.
Mr Boyer has held the title of Australia's Strongest Man since 1997 and has also held the Guinness world record for the heaviest truck pull, which he set in Brisbane in 2005.
You can see Mr Boyer lifting the 760kg rock on YouTube.