Derek Boyer or Thunder from Gladiators (pictured),

Derek Boyer or Thunder from Gladiators (pictured), is the strongest man in Australia and has been for nine years.

He has travelled the world to show off his prodigious strength and this Sunday, May 25, the giant strong man will be in Lismore defending his national title at the Australian Hercules Professional Grand Prix, being held at the Italo Club from 10am.

I take it very seriously, Boyer told The Echo. I havent been beaten by anyone since 1997. Im looking for a successor but Ill go on indefinitely if no one can top me.

Ive been training hard, I always do. Big Robbie Fernandez is my main rival. Hell be the biggest man to visit Lismore ever. No question.

The extreme strong man event puts the contestants through six tests of strength including the 10 tonne truck pull, the giant axle deadlift and the Atlas stones of strength.

The weights we will be lifting will be the largest lifted in Australia and competition will be fierce, Boyer said. The propensity for damage is great. I counter that risk by using a good warm up, good technique, good biomechanics and the correct use of safety equipment. Ive managed to remain free of injury so far and that is vital to my success.

As a warm up to Sundays event, Boyer will pull a 10 tonne truck 30 metres along Keen Street today (Thursday, May 22), from 1pm. This truck pull, which wont take long, will be from a seated position, using just the strength of his arms and back.

Boyer holds the Guinness Book of Records title for the fastest and heaviest truck pull. On that occasion the gargantuan pulled a 52 tonne semi-trailer 30m in 48 seconds.

Before the Grand Prix, an amateur strong man event will be held, with the winner getting a chance to match it with the nations best.

For further information phone Bill Lyndon on 0418 379 265.

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