Fitzy crowned the new Waratahs Strongman


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HSBC Junior Waratah hooker Damien Fitzpatrick has outlasted some of his more fancied teammates to win the Waratah Strongman for the 2009 pre-season.

Fitzpatrick took out the competition after winning the log press and placing second iron cross and chin up challenges.

It is the second year in a row a hooker has taken out the title, following Adam Freier’s victory twelve months ago.

Daniel Halangahu, who was also edged into second last year by Freier, finished as runner up, with Dan Palmer the bolter into third place.

‘Strongman isn’t about the who can lift the most or row the fastest ‘ it emphasises consistency in anaerobic capacity as well upper, core and lower body strength,’ said Jason Schulman, Waratahs Strength and Conditioning Coach, who this year introduced the famed log press into the Strongman competition.

‘There was lots of great energy in the gym during the comp; heaps of sledging and a lot of PBs which is really encouraging at this stage of the season.’

Ratu Nasiganiyavi (713m) took out the two minute row by a solitary metre from Kane Douglas while Ed Jenkins (88 secs) was a commanding winner on the iron cross.

Matt Carraro finished just one shy of his own team record in the chin ups (19) and Beau Robinson (11.78secs) won the farmer’s walk by the smallest of margins from Palmer (11.86secs).

Jeremy Su’a (17) tied with Palmer in the bodyweight bench press, just one ahead of Halangahu and Tom Carter, while Fitzpatrick clearly won the log press (45) with Halangahu runner up again.

The Waratahs return to training in early January when the Wallabies will join the Super 14 squad ahead of the 2009 season.



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