We’ve all seen them on T.V… the strongman competitions.
Huge men lifting huger objects, flipping tractor tires, pulling trucks with their teeth (ok, not with their teeth – but pulling trucks).
And now B.C is home to its very own champion strongman – Chris Paul Davies, B.C.’s strongest man has qualified to represent Canada at the Arnolds World Amateur Strongman Competition – A.K.A., the big leagues.
He’s the first B.C. athlete ever to have qualified.
Earlier tonight, he stopped by Drex Live to talk about it. And to lift some stuff. Er – people.
Davies is on his fourth year as B.C.’s champion strongman, and shooting for his fifth. He’s also ranked third in Canada – and just narrowly missed getting certified as a professional in his last national competition.
He says the sport is growing quickly.
“Its entertainment value, and it’s a sport at the same time because we’re really trying to legitimize the scoring, everything is really calculated now, we have federations going – it’s really good.”
Davies says he’s excited about his oportunity at the big leagues – winning at the amateur worlds could see him bumped to the pro level.
“Those guys you see like Halfthor Bjornson, and all the top, top guys. The amateur one is the worlds, and we’re fighting to get to that podium to compete with those guys.”
On top of a strongman, Davies is also a philanthropist. Through competitions and fundraisers, he raises money for CHIMO a non profit that provides care to women and children fleeing abusive relationships, and says he hopes his success will allow him to do more.
“There’s only so long the government care goes for. This is an aftercare with counselling.”
And finally, what we all want to know… what’s the heaviest thing he’s ever moved?
“We pulled that picker truck from Highway Through Hell. We pulled that one 100 feet – it’s the big one that picks the semis out of the ditches. 84,000 pounds.”