Worlds strongest man takes on Big Brother tonight
WHEN last sighted in Lismore, he was dragging a semi-trailer up Keen St. But being Australia's strongest man is no longer enough for Derek Boyer.
These days the former television Gladiator, once known as Thunder, has a new title, the World's Strongest Man (over 40), after a blitzing a gruelling three day masters strongman competition at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Now back on Australian soil, Mr Boyer, 43, is back to his high-profile antics, bullrushing the Big Brother house as an intruder.
Speaking after filming yesterday, Mr Boyer was a bit cautious about how much he could reveal of what would happen on tonight's episode, beyond that it involved a certain amount of "demolition".
"You could say one of the housemates gets 'Thunderstruck'," he boomed.
Put like that, it kind of makes you glad young Brad Darke managed to get out of the house when he did.
To earn his new title, Mr Boyer, who lives on the Gold Coast but has spent so much time in Lismore he's almost accorded "local" status, said he was flown to Belfast by South Lismore trucking company Hernes Freight Service for the World's Strongest Man Masters competition.
There he competed against the strongest men from places including the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, and Poland in events such as running 20m while carrying a 190kg weight, picking up cars and dragging trucks uphill.
Mr Boyer said he won the competition comfortably, but he wouldn't have been able to compete at all without Hernes Freight Service's willingness to pay for the flights.
"It means a lot that a country family business supported me in that way and I can't reflect back enough gratitude for it," he said.
"I'm planning on returning the favour by doing a lot of Guinness World Record-type events with Hernes Freight, so Lismore will be seeing a lot of me."