Stratford's Lewis Byng breaking strongman records
FORMER Stratford College student Lewis Byng has shown he's not afraid to do any heavy lifting by taking on the challenge of competing not only as a shot putter, but also as a strongman in international competitions.
Byng studied Sport at the college between 2019 and 2021 and before that has was already making waves as a shot putter.
The Stratford star was U20 and U23 UK champion in 2019 and was also placed eighth in the European U20 Championships.
While Byng is looking to reach the 2024 Olympics, he's also began competing as a strongman.
At just 19 he claimed the British U23 deadlift record with 371kg and has since deadlifted a whopping 400kg at the age of 20.
Byng is now planning for a long-term career as a strongman.
“Strongman is the widest variety sport as it has competitions that are strength-based, maximum lifts, amount of repetitions, farmer's carry among others," he said.
"Also, it is brutal, you must be strong, fit, muscular, have endurance and really be a good all rounder and I enjoy that challenge.”
Byng is now preparing to break the deadlift record this July and has been invited to compete in World U23 Strongman in November 2023.
Ultimately, he aims to be world’s strongest man. So, with an ambition to be in the Olympics for shot put and world’s strongest man, Byng has shown he's not afraid of a challenge.