The holder of the 2017 title of World’s Strongest Man will be appearing in the Cayman Islands in October when he will take part in the first Cayman Islands Strongman Competition.

Englishman Eddie Hall, known as ‘The Beast’ and who is also the reigning Guinness Book of Records holder for heaviest strongman deadlift (500 kg/1,102.3lbs in 2016), will be among the competitors vying to win such categories as the Atlas Stone Lift, Farmer’s Walk, Deadlift, Tire Flip and Bearing of the Cross in the Cayman contest.

The competition will take place on Saturday, 5 Oct. at the Lions Centre from noon to 5pm and individuals and teams will be able to enter to compete for strongman titles in the various categories. There will also be strength competitions for kids and Hall will do demonstrations, organisers said in a press release.

The competition is being hosted by the Cayman Islands Powerlifting Organisation, a group of heavy lifting and training enthusiasts, many of whom train at Cayman Islands Barbell Club. Some of the proceeds from the competition will go to local charities Cayman Heart Fund, the Alex Panton Foundation and the Anti-Bullying Foundation, as well as to assist Cayman’s powerlifters with expenses for overseas competitions.

“The powerlifting community here in Cayman is small but we’re passionate and we’re growing,” said Cayman Islands Powerlifting President Tony McInerney. “Some of our members and athletes – particularly the younger ones – have found the sport to be an effective outlet for dealing with personal physical, emotional and mental challenges they are facing.

“This competition will be a great boost for their self-confidence and help prepare them for upcoming competitions.”

McInerney said Hall, who held the title of Britain’s Strongest Man from 2014 to 2018, has a similar story to some of these athletes and he goes around the world sharing his experience with the hope that he can inspire and help others. “I believe this is what attracted him to this particular event, and we want to make sure as many youths as possible have the opportunity to hear about his incredible journey,” McInerney said.

McInerney says that while in Cayman, Hall will talk to students about his struggles with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts and how he found purpose, happiness and success through powerlifting.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to the Cayman Islands and getting to meet everyone,” Hall said in the press release. “I hope my story will help others see what can be achieved through dedication and hard work. I hope everyone has been training hard to put on a great show for the crowd in a couple of months and I’ll see you soon.”

Admission to the Cayman Islands Strongman Competition is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Food and drinks will also be on sale.

For more information or to register to compete, contact Tony McInerney on 925‑5335 or [email protected]

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