Young arm wrestlers Jakob Chilton (right) and Chase Schell show off their skills at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre during an arm wrestling tryout event on Wednesday, Dec. 19. (Photo by Louis Tam)
Arm wrestling’s grip on Greg Break got just a bit firmer last week.
The Gravenhurst local was one of over a dozen people who showed up for an arm-wrestling tryout event at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 19. Having won second and third place honours at provincial and national championships years ago, Break had left the arm-wrestling world for a number of years.
But being reunited with organizer Joey Costello at the Wednesday evening event got him thinking about stepping back into the game. The competitive nature of the sport, Break said, is what drew him back.
“I competed against him, and we’ve been friends ever since,” said Break. “Joey trained me, and I placed second in the Ontario provincials in 2000.”
Seasoned arm wrestler Jennifer Lamorie also decided to show up to learn a few new tips and tricks.
“I learned how to use my body instead of just my muscles,” she said.
Lamorie has been arm wrestling since high school, and has her sights set on competing in two high-profile arm-wrestling competitions slated to take place in Gravenhurst in 2013.
“It’s always been an interest of mine… I like to win,” she said. “I’ve never been beaten.”
Costello had organized the event with the goal of eventually expanding his school of arm wrestling into the town. The school, which currently runs out of Snap Fitness in Bracebridge, offers instructional lessons for arm wrestlers both young and old.
With the centennial centre slated to host a provincial circuit competition in February and a province-wide competition in May, Costello is hopeful the school will be able to field more homegrown competitors by then.
“We gotta train the Gravenhurst people so they can perform well at the event,” he said.
The tryout came just weeks after Costello and Canadian arm-wrestling champion Ashley Maher ran an amateur arm-wrestling competition at Lakers Restaurant in Gravenhurst, which drew a large number of locals and a number of participants from remote areas of northern Ontario.
In late February, Costello and Maher will also be hosting an amateur arm-wrestling competition during the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival.