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Annapolis Valley-based international arm wrestling competitor eyeing provincials

Shawn Ross competing at the Atlantic Canadian Arm Wrestling Championships in Amherst April 9 against Charlie McGeoghegan.
Shawn Ross competing at the Atlantic Canadian Arm Wrestling Championships in Amherst April 9 against Charlie McGeoghegan.

BERWICK - A Valley-based provincial, Atlantic and national level heavyweight arm wrestling champion has his sights set on the upcoming provincial championships

Shawn Ross of Melvern Square has competed around the globe, including the Arnold Classic. He’s now looking forward to his next challenge, the upcoming provincials in Berwick May 7.

The championships are being held as part of the first Forged Power and Fitness Expo and feature a full slate of categories.

Ross is coming off his most recent win, first place in the right over 220-pound category at Atlantics in Amherst April 9. He also walked away with a third place finish in the left open category, despite an injured left hand. Team Nova Scotia won its 17th consecutive team title at the event.

Ross said he loves the one-on-one competition. It’s just him and his opponent and his fate rests entirely on his shoulders.

“I like that personal challenge,” Ross said. “It’s the one-on-one aspect of it, controlled violence.”

Winning the Middleton Regional High School winter carnival arm wrestling championship in Grade 8 drew Ross into the sport. He’s currently vice-president of the Nova Scotia Arm Wrestling Association, under the umbrella of the Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation and World Arm Wrestling Federation.

Ross said he’s currently cutting weight, something he sees as “an excuse to clean your diet up and have a goal.”

Shawn Ross of Melvern Square has competed around the globe, including the Arnold Classic. He’s now looking forward to his next challenge, the upcoming provincials in Berwick May 7.

The championships are being held as part of the first Forged Power and Fitness Expo and feature a full slate of categories.

Ross is coming off his most recent win, first place in the right over 220-pound category at Atlantics in Amherst April 9. He also walked away with a third place finish in the left open category, despite an injured left hand. Team Nova Scotia won its 17th consecutive team title at the event.

Ross said he loves the one-on-one competition. It’s just him and his opponent and his fate rests entirely on his shoulders.

“I like that personal challenge,” Ross said. “It’s the one-on-one aspect of it, controlled violence.”

Winning the Middleton Regional High School winter carnival arm wrestling championship in Grade 8 drew Ross into the sport. He’s currently vice-president of the Nova Scotia Arm Wrestling Association, under the umbrella of the Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation and World Arm Wrestling Federation.

Ross said he’s currently cutting weight, something he sees as “an excuse to clean your diet up and have a goal.”

Competing with the best

Some of the best arm wrestlers in Canada are here in Nova Scotia and he trains with a lot of top-level competitors.

“How I keep on my toes is trying to stay ahead of everyone else,” Ross said. “I believe I’ve won provincials the last four years in a row.”

He has a plan when he locks up with his opponent and the match is set to begin – but he’s ready to change it up in a split second if needed.

“When all is said and done, if you’re an arm wrestler, and you’re more powerful, it’s hard to technique out of that power,” Ross said.

It’s all about angles and simple geometry; Ross says he tries to get to a point where he’s comfortable and his opponent is not. If both competitors can find their individual comfort zones, it results in a longer match.

Ross hopes Valley residents will turn out in droves to support the arm wrestlers competing at Berwick’s Apple Dome May 7.

“We’re going to have a great display of arm wrestling out there, some of the top pros in the world are going to be there,” Ross said.

Ross said the popularity of the sport is exploding, both locally and globally. Like any sport, he says, there are hills and valleys but it’s on a definite upswing now that has yet to peak. For example, Ross said there are more women competing than ever before.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

 

By the numbers

Number of provincial titles to Shawn Ross’s credit: 10

Number of consecutive provincial championships: 4

Number of Atlantic titles for Ross: 10

Number of national titles for Ross: 10

Number of times Ross has broken into the top 10 in the world: 5

 

 

 

Forged Power and Fitness Expo planned in Berwick

 

The expo will also feature strongman demonstrations, mixed martial arts, Kettlebell Krushers and Tacfit. Various fitness and workout groups will be on hand to share instructions, tips and information.

An interactive area will offer spectators a chance to try several different sporting stations, including hockey, football and soccer. There will be vendors and displays ranging from nutritional products to sports organizations and teams. Food vendors will also be on hand and there will be a tattoo and piercing booth.

The marquee event is the four-way Can-Am Arm Wrestling Super Challenge, involving two Canadian and two American professional super heavyweights. The winner takes home $1,000 in prize money.

 

If you go:

The event takes place at the Kings Mutual Century Centre, 250 Veterans Dr., Berwick on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50 for adults or $10 advance. Children 12 and under get their tickets for half price. Advance tickets are available at Everlasting Ink, New Minas; T&S Printing, Kingston; D’Aubin Family Meats, Bridgetown; Shawn’s Sports Excellence, Wilmot, and Berwick Building Supplies.

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