Strongest man in NSW
TWELVE months ago Troy Munro gave his Under-80kg NSW Strongest Man trophy to Grafton toddler Sebastian McLachlan, who had suffered serious injuries when he fell from a second-storey window in South Grafton.
This year he stepped up to win the 2014 Under-90kg title at Wiseman's Ferry near Sydney and this time dedicated his efforts to Coffs Harbour friend Billie Curan.
"She found out she had a tumour on her chest not so long ago," Munro said.
"She was also hard done by. So we did all we could to help her and dedicated the whole weekend to her to show she doesn't have to do it all herself.
"We've also been selling singlets and half the proceeds go to her and half to Ride For A Cure."
Munro's achievements in fewer than 18 months since he took up the multi-disciplined weights-oriented sport are colossal.
Incredibly, Munro also competed in the 105kg division across the two days and finished runner-up.
Events included towing a tractor in the harness pull, deadlifting 300kg, 75 seconds of continuous reps of a 100kg telegraph pole in the log press, walking as far as possible for 75 seconds with a 100kg stone in the carry, keg toss and the loading race, in which competitors carry a 75kg stone for 20 metres across a sand volleyball court and place it on a platform, then repeat the procedure with an 80kg and finally a 110kg stone.
Born and raised in Grafton, Munro still has a lot of family in the area. But two years ago he moved to Coffs Harbour and started training for strongman events at Beach Bodies.
"My first competition was last January. I'm still new to the sport and progressing along nicely.
"I just enjoy competing."
The 30-year-old now owns a supplement company and is preparing to open a mass nutrition store in Harbour Drive on June 7 with the grand opening on June 14 with co-proprietor Craig Daley, also originally from Grafton.
Munro will compete at the Nationals later in the year and next March contest the Arnold Classic Multi-Sport Festival at the Fit-X Sports and Fitness Expo in Melbourne.
But in the meantime his focus switches to the footy field. One of the by-products of Munro's move to Coffs Harbour was a switch in allegiance from his boyhood rugby league club Grafton Ghosts to the Coffs Comets, where he plays at prop.
Munro lines up with the likes of North Coast representative prop Billy Blanchette as the Group 2 favourites take on Woolgoolga Seahorses this Sunday.
Surprisingly, recovery from the torrid weekend of heavy lifts will not be an issue.
"I feel great and was back in training last night."