Strongman contest going rough and ready

Strongman contest in Veresdale to benefit Guide Dogs Australia


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STRONG: Independent Strength Federation founder William Johnson is hosting the Rough N Ready strongman contest on his property at Versdale. Photo: Supplied

STRONG: Independent Strength Federation founder William Johnson is hosting the Rough N Ready strongman contest on his property at Versdale. Photo: Supplied

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The contest will take place in a horse paddock on Saturday.

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The Independent Strength Federation will hold its final competition of 2017 on December 16 at Veresdale. 

ISF founder William Johnson said the contest was called Rough N Ready, an apt name since this year’s event will take place in a horse paddock.

“We run three or four competitions every year but this one is a good introductory event for people who are interested in the sport,” he said. 

Mr Johnson said the contest would feature strong men, women and children.

“We’ve been running junior classes for ages 13 and older but we are the only federation in Australia to include classes for children six-years-old and above.”

Six-year-old Marshall Speechley in training for the Rough N Ready contest.

Six-year-old Marshall Speechley in training for the Rough N Ready contest.

Mr Johnson said the Rough and Ready contest will feature about ten competitors aged six to nine, with activities designed to give them a challenge without lifting too heavy and risking injury.

“The kids only have three events, which will start about 8am,” he said.

“Then we will move onto the adult competition, which will include farmer’s walks, hand-over-hand sled pulls and stones to drums.”

“We have people travelling from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and New South Wales to compete or have their child compete.

“Our eldest competitor is a lady of 68 and our youngest just turned 6.

“We also have a bloke who has Parkinson’s disease and will be competing along with his young daughter, who will also compete.”

The Rough N Ready will be the first strength competition for Stevie Speechely.

The Rough N Ready will be the first strength competition for Stevie Speechely.

Mr Johnson said proceeds from raffles held at the competition would be donated to Guide Dogs Australia and while spectators would be welcomed free of charge, there is a no-dog rule on the day.

“We’ve asked people not to bring their dogs because we’re having it on my property where there are horses,” he said.

The Rough N Ready competition will be held at 67-63 Malabar Road Veresdale 

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