PORT HAWKESBURY: Elbowroom was in short supply at The Carriage House due to the efforts of the Nova Scotia Arm Wrestling Association (NSAWA) and the provincial championship hosted by the group.
“It was the biggest tournament ever held in Nova Scotia for arm wrestling,” said NSAWA Director Mark MacPhail, in regard to the May 6 event.
“We had exactly 150 entries. It was standing-room only. You couldn’t have wished for better. If there were more people, they wouldn’t have fit. We had regular-circuit arm wrestlers and some locals there.”
It’s been a few years since the NSAWA held an event in Port Hawkesbury, and MacPhail said it was great to be back. Though now living in Ben Eoin, MacPhail is no stranger to the local area, as he’s originally from River Denys.
He’s also no stranger to success at the arm wrestling table, as he is a 10-time Canadian Heavyweight Champion and 28-time Nova Scotia Provincial Heavyweight Champion. He’s also amassed 12 Atlantic Championships and taken a bronze medal at the World Championship.
The Saturday trip to Port Hawkesbury saw him add to his trophy case.
“I won the left, and that was my 28th provincial title,” he said. “I’m pretty proud of that. My left arm felt dynamite, but right-handed I took fourth – losing to Shaun Ross.”
MacPhail wasn’t the only local doing well, as Shannon Paul of Whycocomagh was impressive on the ladies’ side, finishing second in both the Right and Left Open divisions. Elaine Googoo of Whycobah was also good, taking a third in Left Open and fourth in Right Open.
Krista Miller of Whycocomagh took fifth…
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