NESMAW a huge success
THE North East Strongest Man and Woman 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 Arnolds 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 Arnolds was: 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 qualifying spots.
Event organiser Rahn 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 Arnolds 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 Arnolds 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.
MAXIMUM ENERGY: (Clockwise from top left) Event organisers Aten Weston and Rahn Deuis speak to Cori Miller; Scott Miller competes in the Dannatt stone event; Tracy Loyst completes the natural stone load; Cori Miller pushes herself to the limit on the Viking press.