Strength on show at new event

One of Macarthur’s strongest men, Mick Abed hopes to bring the annual NSW Strongest Man and Woman competition to Camden in June.

The Ambarvale resident and PTC Macarthur gym owner has been given the licence to run the competition and he wants to hold the event locally.

Mr Abed said he was waiting on confirmation for the event to be held at the Gregory Hills Hotel on June 11.

“It can be hard to find a venue where a lot of people can come and watch,” he said.

“We wanted to keep it local and the hotel is the perfect place to do that because strong men love to eat, drink and lift.

“We want Macarthur to see what we can really do.”

Male and female competitors will be required to carry heavy implements over long distances, overhead press items such as logs and kegs, lift an atlas stone and even dead-lift a car.

This is the first time an event of its calibre will be held in Camden.

“The top scoring athletes will be crowned the strongest men and women in NSW and will qualify for the ASA national competition in Queensland later this year,” Mr Abed said.

“We will have people coming from all over NSW, Queensland and Canberra to compete.”

Mr Abed said the event would be an awesome day out.

“You can watch and be gob-smacked by what these men and women can do,” he said.

“We’re not all bodybuilders, some of us just look like ordinary blokes.”

There will also be a number of stalls stocking a range of fitness and health products on the day.