World on his shoulders
HE is one of the strongest men in Australia and lifts boulders for fun; now Ngarimu Ahipene has his sights set on the rest of the world. Fresh off victory at this year’s Arnold Strongman Australia in the under 90kg category, the Aubin Grove man is preparing to head to Daytona, Florida for the Official Strongman Games. The opportunity comes just two years after he stepped away from a successful crossfit team to take on the new challenge. “Our team made it to the World Crossfit Games in 2017 so after that, I’d done everything I’d wanted to do and I took a pretty keen interest in strongman,” Ahipene said. “I tried for the Arnold title at the beginning of 2018 and came fourth in my first competition, which I thought wasn’t too bad.
“All of last year I spent training strongman, then went over to Arnold this year and managed to win my division by the skin of my teeth.”
Strongman involves lifting oddly-shaped objects such as atlas stones and monster dumbbells, with few rules governing the lifting technique.
Strongman Ngarimu Ahipene in competition.