Gary returns triumphant

First published in Somerset

GARY Clarke returned home triumphant after taking part in the World’s Strongest Disabled Man competition in Iceland.

The 35-year-old from Chard may not have finished in the leading positions in the contest, which attracted competitors from around the world, but he set personal bests in a number of the disciplines.

“I was really pleased to have set four PBs – that’s what I set out to achieve,” said Gary after taking part in the competition in Reykjavik for the second year.

“I knew I wasn’t going to win the competition because I was facing people who had been competing in Strongman for years, while I’ve only been doing it for 18 months or so.

“To set those PBs was fantastic and I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition where I hope to do even better.”

Gary, who has cerebral palsy, set PBs in the log lift, the Hercules Hold, the Crucifix Hold and the truck pull.

“I’ve still got lots to learn and a lot to improve, but the other competitors and organisers said they saw a noticeable improvement in my performance this time compared with 12 months ago,” he said.

Gary, who thanks sponsors Impey Showers Ltd and CMS Clothing for their continued support, said the competition was an amazing experience.

“Though it’s very competitive the competitors support each other, and that’s what sport should be all about,” he said.

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