Englishman Eddie Hall, 2017 World’s Strongest Man and reigning Guinness Book of Recordsholder for heaviest strongman deadlift (500 kg/1,102.3lbs, 2016), will be coming to Cayman to participate in the first ever Cayman Islands Strongman Competition. The event will take place on Saturday, 5 October at the Lion’s Centre from 12pm to 5pm and individuals and teams will be able to enter to compete for strongman titles in various categories such as the Atlas Stone lift, Farmer’s Walk, Deadlift, Tire Flip and Bearing of the Cross. There will also be strength competitions for kids and Hall will do demonstrations.
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 Strongman Competition will go to local charities Cayman Heart Fund, the Alex Panton Foundation and the Anti-Bullying Foundation as well as 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. 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,” said Cayman Islands Powerlifting President Tony McInerney.
Eddie Hall himself 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 says that while in Cayman, Hall, also known as “The Beast”, 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. I hope my story will help others see what can be achieved through dedication and hard work,” said Hall of his upcoming visit. “I hope everyone has been training hard to put on a great show for the crowd in a couple 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.