Community helps to send Sudbury athlete to World’s Strongest Disabled Man Championships
PUBLISHED: 17:06 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 04 September 2018
More than £1,000 was raised to help send a Suffolk strongman to the World’s Strongest Disabled Man Championships in Norway this weekend.
Chris Rix, 33, from Alpheton, near Sudbury, will be going for gold at the event which takes place in Bodo, just inside the Arctic Circle, on Saturday.
Chris, who has cerebral palsy, will compete in the men’s seated category three, alongside 26 other athletes – from the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and Iceland.
There are five disciplines: deadlift 180kg; log press 80kg; 20m car pull (time allowed 60 seconds); front hold hook with shackle 8kg, and weights from 2.2kg to 12kg; and loading game, sandbags weighing 40kg, 50kg, 50kg and 60kg (time allowed 90 seconds).
To support the trip to Bodo, Nethergate Brewery in Long Melford hosted a truck pull in August, which raised just over £1,000 in sponsorship. Other donations have been coming in online, by post and in person.
Chris said: “Many thanks to Nethergate for a super venue and their support. I’m very grateful for all the support.”
Rix works at Tesco in Sudbury, and trains at Zest in the town. Sudbury company TGA sponsors his training.