Sports and fitness enthusiasts will be testing their strength and endurance this weekend at the first Cayman Islands Strongman competition, which takes place on Saturday, 5 Oct., at the Lions Centre from 1‑6pm.
Englishman Eddie Hall, 2017 World’s Strongest Man and reigning Guinness Book of Records holder for heaviest strongman deadlift (500 kg/1,102.3lbs, 2016), is in Cayman for the event and is expected to wow spectators with various demonstrations.
Hundreds are expected to come out and watch individuals and teams compete in five of seven events: the atlas stone (mandatory); deadlift (mandatory); farmers walk; tyre flip; carry and load medley; heart walk; and bearing the cross. The top three teams overall and top three individual males and females in each category will receive medals.
There will also be simulation activities for children who want to experience ‘kid-size’ strongman elements.
While in Cayman, Hall, also known as ‘The Beast’, will speak at the Be Strong! Youth Rally, an event for Year 7 to 9 students from public and private high schools, which will take place on Friday, 4 Oct., at the Lions Centre from 10am to noon.
Hall will talk about his struggles with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts and how he found purpose, happiness and success through powerlifting. Also on the agenda for the rally is former Miss Teen Latecia Bush, rapper DLMND and Isaiah Bodden, who will perform a skit entitled ‘If Anxiety had a Voice’.
Hall will travel to the Brac on Thursday to talk to students and spread his message.
“I am excited to be a part of the first Cayman Strongman competition. I’ve already had such a warm welcome to the Cayman Islands and I’m looking forward to sharing my story with everyone on Friday and Saturday. I hope it will encourage people and motivate them to be strong, no matter what they’re going through,” said Hall.
The CI Strongman competition and Be Strong youth rally is being hosted by the Cayman Islands Powerlifting Organisation. Some of the proceeds from the Strongman Competition will go to local charities Cayman Heart Fund, the Alex Panton Foundation and the Anti-Bullying Foundation, as well as assisting Cayman’s powerlifters with expenses for overseas competitions.
Admission to the Cayman Islands Strongman Competition is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Doors open at 1pm and competition begins at 2pm. Food and drinks will also be on sale.