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Five women compete to be named P.E.I. strong woman

Moncton's Belliveau emerges as winner


Published on July 16, 2017

Shelley Lilly, from Summerside, feels the strain as she raises a 100 pound log over her head in the P.E.I. Strong Woman event.

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Among the excited screams from the Midway rides were the enthusiastic cheers for the P.E.I. strong woman contest.

The true grit event, that featured five women challenge their bodies by lifting the heaviest obstacle in a sequence, was held in front of a large audience at the Credit Union Place parking lot under a clear, sunny Saturday afternoon.
Shelley Lilly, organizer and participant from Summerside, says women are increasingly realizing they have greater physical strength than what they previously may have imagined.
“Anyone can do it, even women, and sometimes you need to just remember that you are stronger than what you think you are. This is not just a man’s sport. Sometimes women are afraid they can’t lift heavy weights, but what’s the worst that can happen? If it doesn’t go up at least you tried,” encouraged Lilly.

Overall winner
Samantha Belliveau of Moncton, N.B., was the overall winner while Lilly finished second. Birgit Eissner of Wolfville, N.S., came third. Jennifer Pizio-Perry of Greenmount was the fourth-place finisher while Barb Watson of Alberton also competed.
Contestants started strong carrying 108 pounds in each hand in the “Farmers Walk” for over 60 seconds or 100 feet.
After passing the first sequence, six lobster traps that each weighed 60 pounds were carried as quickly as possible from one side to the other over a span of 25 feet.
“Last year I entered a powerlifting competition in Alberton after hearing about it from a girl in my gym, and I just went to Amherst in Nova Scotia and competed, and now I’m doing this event,” grinned Lilly, who had just completed a press medley of lifting 40 pound dumbbells, raising a 55-pound keg full of water, 75-pound small keg full of sand, and a 100-pound log over her head.
“Normally the P.E.I. strong woman contest is held in Alberton at the end of the month, but they were only holding the men’s event, so I decided to put one on during the Lobster Carnival for the women,” explained Lilly. “And we’re having a good time so far.”
The event wrapped-up with contestants pulling a 150-pound sled, and tossing sandbags weighing 30 pounds over a distance of 50 feet.

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Anyone can do it, even women, and sometimes you need to just remember that you are stronger than what you think you are.

Shelley Lilly