Strongest man and woman
THE North East Strongest Man and Woman ( NESMAW) event was deemed a success on Saturday.
In one of the most gruelling sports where men and women compete in trying to lift more weight than their fellow competitors, NESMAW produced some outstanding results.
With a ticket to the Arnold event in Melbourne on the line, plenty of strongman enthusiasts took up the challenge put out by Rahn Deuis to perform at Amulet Winery.
Winning a qualifying spot in the Arnold were: Vernon van Schalkwyk ( open weight), Scott Loudon ( under 105kg), Aaron Pearce ( under 90kg) and Murray Joyce ( under 80kg) in the male division, while in the women’s category Victoria Stewart ( open weight), Alira Verity ( under 82kg) and Tanya Duncan ( under 65kg) won quali- fying spots.
Event organiser Deuis said the whole competition ran smoothly.
“We have received nothing but positive feedback so far,” Deuis said.
“The rain threatened a little bit but everything ran really well and most said it was one of the best events they have competed in which is pretty nice to receive. “The venue owners were awesome.” With the Arnold qualifying ticket on the line, competitors impressed Deuis.
“Watching the specially made Viking press get used was great,” he said.
“We had the Bink’s carry under lights and the natural stone load of five stones weighing from 94kg to 174kg at sunset so it was pretty cool to watch that too.
“The Arnold organiser said he is more than happy for us to hold a qualifying event next year as well.”
NESMAW raised between $ 400 and $ 600 for each of the Wangaratta and Beechworth hospitals.
SHOW OF STRENGTH: NESMAW competitors Scott Miller (left) and Tracy Loyst showed their determination on Saturday at Amulet Winery.