Kapuskasing was host to a number of professional and semi-pro athletes over the weekend, as the community was host to the Northern Strongest Man competition on Oct. 13-15 at the Nikan Mino Fitness Centre.
The weekend event featured a variety of competitions beginning with a Push and Pull event on Friday evening, an amateur competition Saturday morning, the professional Strongman competition Saturday afternoon, and ending with an arm wrestling competition on Sunday.
“We organized a fundraiser for Sick Kids so we brought in professional and semi-pro athletes and made a weekend event of it,” said one of the Kapuskasing organizers Sylvain Labelle.
The competition marked the first time a large event took place in Kapuskasing.
“There's been one or two small demonstrations before, but for a national competition this is the first one and we're hoping to have an annual thing,” Labelle said.
The professional competition featured five participants, three of which are in the top ten in the National standings.
“Everything went really well, we're having a blast and showing Kap what Strongman is all about,” Boudreault said.
Both organizers said that participation was good, with a slower start on Friday and Saturday morning, but hitting peak numbers Saturday afternoon.
“Participation has been good. It was a bit quieter on Friday and this morning, that was expected because we knew that the professional competition would be the bigger show.
Boudreault made waves in the Strongman scene earlier this year as he set two national records, before moving on to claiming the Ontario Strongest Man title, finishing fourth in the nationals, and then heading overseas to the World Strongman Championship in Poland where he claimed fifth place.
He said that the competition should return in the future.
“The fans seem to enjoy it, so we'll try and be back next year.”