A first showdown in Hearst

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Held at the Companion Hotel, the event was organized by community members, in collaboration with athlete Maxime Boudreault, from Kapuskasing and now living in Timmins.

He is considered one of the strongest men in the country and holds Canadian records .

Five professional men and two semi-professional women participate in this first competition in Hearst, as well as male and female amateur athletes.

One of the organizers, Alain Rioux, points out that it was hoped to attract more professional athletes, but that many of them were in other competitions.

This could become an annual event. I hope we can be part of the circuit at some point and grow the competition.

This could become an annual event. I hope we can be part of the circuit at some point and grow the competition.

Alain Rioux, organizer of the Hearst Men’s Challenge

A competition for amateurs was held on Friday night. On Saturday, professional men and women performed five events.

Athletes share scholarships totaling $ 3500.

I’ve made invitations to bring people here and try to have more competitions in Northern Ontario. It feels good not to have to travel very far. It is to make the sport known too.

Maxime Boudreault

It was free to attend but spectators were invited to donate to the Notre-Dame de Hearst Hospital Foundation fundraising campaign

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