Strong­est man and woman

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CAM POT­TER

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.

PHO­TOS: Peter Charlesworth

SHOW OF STRENGTH: NESMAW com­peti­tors Scott Miller (left) and Tracy Loyst showed their de­ter­mi­na­tion on Satur­day at Amulet Win­ery.

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