ALBERTON – Alex Wallace admits being big and strong often serves competitors well in strongman competitions, but he believes strong and fit are even more important.
The 34-year-old Wallace, who is 25 pounds leaner than he was a year ago and about 50 pounds down from two years ago, won all five events in the strongest man in P.E.I. championship at the Prince County Exhibition recently, an event he co-ordinated.
“Weight loss probably helped me,” the Elmsdale resident assessed, explaining he’s been putting more emphasis on cardio workouts and conditioning.
Improved conditioning, he explained, helps with recovery time between events.
Five competitors took part in this year’s P.E.I. championship. Having won the first four events, Wallace needed to finish no higher than fourth in the final event, the atlas stones, to retain the P.E.I. title. He went on to win that event, too.
He had the event won after lifting the third atlas stone into place, but he didn’t stop until all five stones were on platforms. He said he chose to keep going and use the event as practice for the national championship in Quebec City on Aug. 15 and 16. He won the right to return to the national event by finishing second at the Atlantic championship in Nova Scotia on Canada Day.
Last year, he finished 10th out of 12 competitors at the nationals, and is hoping to move ahead in the standings this year.
John MacDonald placed second in all five events – farmers walk, tire flip, press medley, truck deadlift and atlas stones, to finish second overall in Alberton.
Third, fourth and fifth, respectively, went to Mason Perry, Mitch Illsley and Stephen LeClair.
The Prince County Exhibition’s junior strongman competition was won by Dylan Carragher, followed by Logan Heffel and Mitchell Perry.
Jody Wilson won the exhibition’s women’s strength and conditioning competition. Dominica Pollock took second, and Natasha Dunn was third.