The area’s amateur strongmen and women were out in force at City Park, competing in the first-ever Kelowna’s Strongest competition.
Hans Fuhrmann, a resident of Kelowna, organized the competition while competing.
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“I’m over the moon, everything is going according to plan, I’m so happy for every athlete who is here,” Fuhrmann said. “It’s way beyond my expectations of what I thought we could do.”
More than 200 people showed up to cheer on the competitors, watching the athletes lift thousands of pounds throughout the day.
“I didn’t expect as many people as we have here, it’s really nice to see,” said Elizabeth Williams, a Kelowna resident. “It’s nice to have a bit of normalcy and to be able to just stand, discuss something that isn’t covid.”
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Maria Barwig was one of the stars of the meeting. She has been training for more than a year and a half, in competition.
“Strong men and strong women are usually a hidden thing and to see so many people here supporting us is so awesome,” Barwig said. “We definitely feel all the love and support.”
The top three athletes from each division will qualify for a provincial tournament, where they will compete for a spot at a national competition.
Hans Fuhrmann said he plans to make the event annual, especially with the high attendance at the event this year.
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