The Be Strong Youth Rally and CI Strongman Competition wrapped up at the Lion’s Center on Saturday, 5th October after a second day of events, with scores of youngsters, parents and spectators coming out to enjoy the activities despite light showers.
Organized by the CI Powerlifting Organization, the Be Strong Youth Rally featured visiting Strongman extraordinaire, Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall; known as one of the strongest men in the world.
The event brought out participation from over 1200 young persons, in addition to families and friends from across the Cayman Islands who came out to support their personal favorites over the course of the weekend.
Proceeds from the Be Strong Youth Rally and CI Strongman Competition will benefit the Cayman Heart Fund, the Alex Panton Foundation and the Anti-Bullying Foundation as well as assist Cayman’s powerlifters with expenses for overseas competitions.
Mr. Hall, who suffered from anxiety and depression as a youngster, was also bullied, a fact which led him to take up the sport of powerlifting and weight training.
In his remarks on Saturday, he acknowledged and praised the purpose of the event and the courage of those who overcome adversity to go on to lead successful lives and be an inspiration to others.
The Beast has also been an ambassador of sorts while in the Cayman Islands and on his Instagram page, which boasts over 1.6 million followers, the Englishman has been ‘shouting out’ the British Territory and telling the world about the wonderful time he and his team are having here.
Cayman Islands Powerlifting President Tony McInerney noted, “We are exceptionally pleased to have Eddie here and we are also extremely grateful for the amazing turnout for this very special event. We are so thankful for all the community support.”
Sportsmanship, confidence-building, character-development and competitiveness are all major components of what the strongman competition is all about and a series of exciting competitions during the event included feats of strength, as well as races consisting of agility and general coordination and skill.
Young men from all age-groups all brought their ‘A games,’ and the competition was certainly fierce. Though not to be outdone by the lads, the ladies showed up ‘big time’ too and gave an extraordinary display of energy, determination and sportsmanship.
According to Wikipedia, “Edward Hall is an English former professional strongman, notable for winning the World's Strongest Man 2017 competition and for being the world record deadlift holder, lifting 500 kg under strongman rules, which he achieved in 2016”
Mr. Hall also visited students in Cayman Brac.