Search for Wanaka’s strongest

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Local strongmen and women will have a chance to prove their skills in Wanaka’s first Strongest Man competition next year.

The event will take place at the 2018 Wanaka A&P Show and will see local residents pitting their strength against all-comers, including champions from previous competitions on the North Island.

Organiser Chris Latham said that entrants will need a range of skills to succeed in the two-day event.

“The athletes perform strength feats that include lifting cars, carrying steel anvils, flipping giant tyres and loading river stones onto barrels. They’ll need strong backs, legs, shoulders and grip. Having plenty of muscle on your frame will also go a long way in laying the foundations to train for the event,” Chris said.

Despite the event’s title, women will be able to enter.

There will be three categories for entrants – Open Men, Men under 105kg and Open Women.

Chris is hoping the new event will both entertain the A&P show crowd and help to grow the sport across the country.

“Strongman is a sport that captures the imagination of the crowd and we often have casual passers-by stop and get fully into it. Our fans range from children, usually the most vocal supporters, to the elderly - men and women. Strongman is a sport that anyone will enjoy. Who wouldn't want to find out who's the strongest person in their town?”, Chris said.

“I see big room to grow the sport of strongman in New Zealand and where we are at now is only the beginning.”

The Wanaka A&P Show is on March 9 and 10, 2018 and Wanaka’s Strongest Man will run on both days. For further information on the strongman event, contact Chris Latham on 

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