Lismore Festival of Fitness. Australia’s strongest men will be Vie for Title of Strongest man at Oaks oval over the Weekend (from Left) Les Milhinch, and walking with Yoke Daniel Macri, both from Western Austraila. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
Lismore Festival of Fitness. Australia’s strongest men will be Vie for Title of Strongest man at Oaks oval over the Weekend (from Left) Les Milhinch, and walking with Yoke Daniel Macri, both from Western Austraila. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

Strongmen give Lismores weekend a lift

ATHLETES from all over Australia will be at Oakes Oval in Lismore this weekend, competing for the title of Australia's Strongest Man.

The top three of the event will also qualify to compete in Melbourne next March for a chance to compete in the World's Strongest Man, a title that an Australian has never won before.

The event is being held in Lismore for the fifth year in a row, and the producer of the competition, former Australian Strongest Man Bill Lyndon, said it is becoming like the official site.

"We've created a little bit of a home for our event," he said.

While the majority of the competition will be at Oakes Oval, it will commence at 10am on Saturday at Keen Street, for the truck pulling.

There are two divisions, one for under 105kg men, and an open division, but Lyndon said that the both divisions will be highly competitive.

"I can't pick a winner in either division," he said.

The 27 strongmen in the open division will have been training hard in preparation, like Daniel Macri, a 23 year old athlete, and currently the strongest man in Western Australia.

"It's been many years of work and preparation," he said.

"I don't want my results to just be the best in the state, I want them to be the best in the country, or even start chasing some of the best guys in the world."

At 23, Macri will be one of the youngest competitors, and said that if he wins, he will be realising a huge ambition.

"It's been a dream for a long time, since I became a fan of the sport," he said.

"It would be a big stepping stone to getting to the world stage, which is the big goal."



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