Derek Boyer smashes the Australian Record for lifting the 1100kg rock, with Mayor Jenny Dowell officiating.
Derek Boyer smashes the Australian Record for lifting the 1100kg rock, with Mayor Jenny Dowell officiating.

Boyer rocks Aussie record

It's not often you seen our Mayor Jenny Dowell with her head on the ground, looking between a man's legs. The sight, although strange, was not as strange as seeing the giant Derek Boyer sitting harnessed to a 1.1 tonne rock out the front of Oakes Oval in Lismore.

Derek, also known as Thunder from a past TV show called Gladiators, returned to Lismore on Australia Day to beat a world record. His attempt took all of his might, but Derek couldn't quite get it off the ground.

After the first couple of tries he said if he's successful it would be the heaviest stone ever lifted in history.

"I have the power; this wasn't meant to be easy!" he proclaimed on his third attempt.

The crowd around cheered him on, but after five attempts it was time to move on from the world record to beating the Australian record.

An A-Frame allowed Derek to use his arm strength as well, where as the world record attempt was purely core and leg strength. This method of lifting something so heavy had not been done in Australia before.

"I shall conquer..." Derek screamed when he began to lift the rock, and the crowd began to cheer.

He stood a little taller and Jenny Dowell and the other two judges' flags were in the air.

"I'm proud to be Australian today, and like an Australian I get the job done," Derek said after beating the Australian record. "This is an official challenge to strongmen worldwide to attempt to lift this rock out the front of Oakes Oval, Lismore. Whoever does it shall be king."


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