Farm boy Will a strong chance for glory

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - BLAIR RICHARDS

LIFT­ING hay bales on the fam­ily farm has laid the foun­da­tions for a young Tas­ma­nian ath­lete’s rapid rise in com­pet­i­tive strong­man.

Af­ter less than a year of com­pet­ing in strong­man events, Will Rogers has been given a shot at the ti­tle of the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s

Strong­est Man in 2020. The 23-year-old ap­pren­tice cab­i­net maker from Forcett be­gan train­ing for fit­ness be­fore turn­ing to com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’ve al­ways been stronger than av­er­age. Grow­ing up ru­rally I’ve al­ways been work­ing with my hands,” Mr Rogers said.

“I took an in­ter­est in train­ing a long time ago when I was try­ing to lose weight. I found my­self get­ting stronger and stronger and a friend rec­om­mended I try strong­man and I had a go at it.

Mr Rogers’ suc­cesses this year in­cluded fourth place in Aus­tralia’s Strong­est Man and sev­enth in the strong­man event at the Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger sports fes­ti­val.

Mr Rogers trains at Art Gym in Ho­bart.

“I couldn’t have done it without them,” he said.

As an in­di­ca­tion of what Mr Rogers can lift, in a re­cent com­pe­ti­tion he com­pleted a 170kg axel press, a 150kg over­head log press and threw a 200kg stone over a 1.2m bar.

Mr Rogers said he dreamt of mak­ing it to the top of the sport.

“I’m ready to take on the world,” he said.

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