Strong man (and woman) com­pe­ti­tion re­turn­ing to Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

The Labradorian - - Sports - BY TOM NILES

An event that used to be pop­u­lar in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay is re­turn­ing.

On Oct. 13, res­i­dents of the Lake Melville area will be at­tend­ing the “Strong­man” and “Strong­woman” com­pe­ti­tion in Happy Val­leyGoose Bay, at Gear’s Gains Fit­ness Cen­ter.

It’s the first time since 2011 that the event has been held.

Par­tic­i­pants will be di­vided by gen­der.

The com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gories are: Ju­nior fe­male (Un­der 18), Ju­nior male Less than 125lbs, Ju­nior Male over 125lbs, Se­nior Fe­male Un­der 150lbs, Se­nior Fe­male Over 150lbs, Se­nior Male Un­der 200lbs, and Se­nior Male Over 200lbs.

Par­tic­i­pants have the op­tion of mov­ing up a cat­e­gory if they feel that they are able to com­pete at this level, but can’t move down a cat­e­gory.

T.J. Gear is one of the owner and op­er­a­tors of the gym.

He says he was in­spired to lead the event af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing a few years ago.

“I com­peted in the past and thought it would be a great idea to host at the gym.”

He will also be com­pet­ing.

Some of the events for the com­pe­ti­tion in­clude:

• a tire flip, con­tes­tants must flip a tire as many times as they can in a minute

• a farmer’s walk, con­tes­tants must walk a spe­cific route with­out drop­ping their ob­jects.

• a log press

• stone carry

Those who wish to com­pete for the ti­tles of “Strong­man” and “Strong­woman” can sign up at

Gear’s Gains; there are signup sheets at the front desk and near the bul­letin boards.

More up­dates will be avail­able on their Face­book page as the event draws closer.

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