Ker­ryn pur­sues strength be­yond weightlift­ing

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - DAMIEN RACTLIFFE

BELL Post Hill strong­woman Ker­ryn Siems will re­turn to South Africa, her coun­try of birth, to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Arnold Pro Strong­man Africa event next month.

The 29-year-old, who boasts the yoke and dead lift records in the under-72.5kg women cat­e­gory, is aim­ing to win the event, which is part of the world se­ries that ar­rived in Aus­tralia last month.

Siems fin­ished fourth in that field, “the big­gest field of the girls to date,” she said, which ranks her in the top 5 per cent of girls in Aus­tralia.

“I com­peted at the Arnold Strong­man in Aus­tralia; that was last year and I placed sec­ond,” she said.

“That qual­i­fied me to be able to go to South Africa.

“Over the last three years I’ve con­tin­ued grow­ing and get­ting the num­bers up there.”

Siems runs her own all-fe­male per­sonal train­ing busi­ness out of Strong Gee­long, but also as­pires to teach oth­ers about the sport of strong­woman.

“I do have some clients that come to me that want to build up their strength,” she said.

“I’ve got some plans to run some strong­woman work­shops as well and teach the lifts in a group set­ting.

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in weightlift­ing.

“I was asked about do­ing some powerlifting com­pe­ti­tions but I couldn’t tee it up to get to one of them. The comp that I could make was a strong­woman comp and I thought, ‘I’ll just give it a go’. That was the first time I qual­i­fied for the Arnolds, that was in 2016.

“I’ve just been go­ing hard at it since then.”

For those who have never seen the strong­woman events, it’s quite dif­fer­ent to the weightlift­ing events at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

“It’s just lift­ing heavy, awk­ward ob­jects or im­ple­ments — stones and we do a log clean and press, a lot of over­head stuff,” she said.

“We do the yoke, so lots of car­ries. I’ve done a 250kg yoke carry, that’s with a big frame on your back that you walk with. As awk­ward as you can make it, that’s the strong­man.

“I ac­tu­ally hold the record in the under-72.5kg women for the yoke.

“I also cur­rently hold the dead lift record for 162kg dead lift; I’ve lifted more since then but not in com­pe­ti­tion.”

Fol­low­ing next month’s event in South Africa, Siems will turn her at­ten­tion to Vic­to­ria’s Strong­est Woman in Novem­ber, in which she has placed twice.

Bell Post Hill pow­er­house Ker­ryn Siems has done all the heavy lift­ing and now she will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in South Africa at the Arnold Strong­woman Se­ries next month.

Strong­woman Ker­ryn Siems.

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