World’s strongest disabled man smashes record
The world’s strongest disabled man has broken a record by pulling a 10-tonne truck in his wheelchair.
Dave Walsh was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014, but his condition made him even more determined to continue his fitness regime.
He told the Daily Star: “I was competing in able-bodied strongman competitions from 2012, and I competed at a high level up and down the country.
“When I was diagnosed with MS and forced out of the competitions - as my body wasn’t playing games any more - I fell into depression and didn’t know what to do.
“I knew I needed to snap out of the depression and that’s when I saw the disabled side of the sport in 2017 - and I’ve never looked back.”
The 36-year-old from Chippenham, Wilts, smashed the previous record which was five times heavier than the former benchmark.
“One of my Strongman friends that was training with said he thought I couldn’t pull a truck it and I wanted to prove him wrong, so I found someone who was doing truck pull session and went along,” he said.
“I managed to pull ten tonnes and break the Guinness World Record. The record before was two tonnes so I definitely broke it. I wanted to pull 17 but I was limited on the day because of the size.”
Walsh’s feat was watched by his family and friends who witnessed him smash the record.
He added: “Next up for me is to retain my title as the World’s Strongest Disabled Man 2023, and then train for a 20 tonne truck pull and then do 25 tonne.”
[ Dave Walsh admitted he was quite sore the day after ]