World on his shoul­ders

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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