Farm boy Will a strong chance for glory
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.