Festival of Fitness on today
BENCH pressing 320kg may notbe your cup of tea, but for a group of very elite athletes who have come from many different parts of Australia it’s all in a day’s heavy lifting.
And as part of the inaugural Lismore Festival of Fitness to be held at Oakes Oval today, the competition to find Australia’s strongest man will get under way with a 22-tonne truck-pulling contest in Keen Street at 11am.
“The competitors will individually have to pull a 22-tonne truck in the fastest time over 25 metres as their first event,” event manager, Severino Da Roit, explained.
“Then at the oval, the official opening will take place with Page MP Janelle Saffin at 12.15pm.”
With mascot Robert the Bruce overlooking the proceedings, the eight competitors will compete in a number of events, including the log lift where they have to ‘clean and press’ a 125kg log as many times as possible in 75 seconds.
Bill Lyndon, director of Aussie Power Events, organiser of the competition, named some of the other ominous-sounding events that will take place.
“We also have Sampson’s Barrow, the Eureka Stones and the static Dead Lift,” he said.
“The events measure distance and quickest time and they are exciting and fast.”
Training to become Australia’s strongest man is not easy, according to Mr Lyndon.
“It’s not just about lifting heavy weights in the gym,” he said.
“For some competitors they train specifically for different events.”
Mr Lyndon, a retired strongman himself, said it was more about athletic endurance and good diet.
“Eating clean energy food, fruits and vegetables, and protein for recovery, is important,” he said.
“Nutrition is at its peak these days.”
The day is a charity event and profits from today’s festival will be donated to the local homeless shelter and soup kitchen.