SHETLANDER Dhanni Moar finished 11th in a World’s Strongest Man competition at the weekend, setting a new Scottish record in the process.
The isles’ strongest man took part in the under 105kg event at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on Sunday.
Moar was the highest placed UK participant in the competition, with the muscle man beating Britain’s strongest man in the same weight category.
After carrying a 420kg super yoke for 20 metres, the athlete made a new Scottish record – his seventh to date – and expects to land a British record when results are finalised this week.
Moar went up against competitors from all across Europe, as well as America, and he said he outperformed his expectations.
“Going into it at that level, I was just happy to be there representing Scotland,” he said.
“I wasn’t fussed with how I did – maybe that’s why I did so good.”
Next up for Moar is a defence of his Shetland’s Strongest Man u105kg title on Saturday, while he’s also got six other competitions lined up, including Europe’s Strongest Man.
The strongman works as a self-employed joiner, which gives him flexibility to attend events and train, but he is looking for more funding to help him progress.
“These events have opened me up to more invites, which is good, and bad,” he admitted.
“It’s good that I’m getting the recognition, but it’s bad because I could do with getting more funding, and fast.
“My travel and accommodation is covered, but I’d need more sponsorship to be able to train full-time.
“At the event in Belfast I came eleventh, but seven out of the top ten were full-time athletes.”
Shetland’s interest in strongman training and weightlifting is ever increasing, but it’s still overshadowed by traditional sports like football and hockey, he said.
That’s something, however, which Moar seems to enjoy.
“I like doing it because not lot of folk can do it. It’s not like running, or triathlons, where there’s a huge pool of people doing it. Strongman is still a minority sport. I like being different,” he said.