Two of the Airdrie Arm Wrestling Club’s (AAWC) best had huge success Feb. 16 and 17 at Battle Zone 13 in Hinton, Alta.
Stacey Foster and Glenn Webber brought home a pair of first-place trophies and two runner-ups from the two-day tournament.
“I was hoping to come back with two firsts, but I was dealing with an injury, so I wasn’t too sure (how I would perform),” Foster said.
Foster took gold in both the women’s right- and left-handed 150 pound and under events, winning both in her first tournament of 2018. She had taken eight weeks off prior to the event to recover from a nagging shoulder injury she sustained during the Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation (CAWF) 2017 National Championships in Halifax last July.
Foster said it was important for her to recover from her injury, but felt she was getting rusty being away from training and competition for so long.
“I still worked out, but my doctor didn’t want me doing anything with my arms or chest,” Foster said.
“The shoulder is starting to recoup, but the muscles are getting weaker.”
The time off didn’t seem to faze Foster, however, as she was named the 2017 Female Athlete of the Year at the event.
“I was very surprised and happy with that,” Foster said. “I was shocked, but I am proud, very proud.”
Now that Foster is back at the table, she has her attention focused on the 2018 Alberta provincial championships, which will take place this spring at a yet-to-be-determined location.
A strong showing at provincials will fuel Foster going forward as she intends to head back to the 2018 CAWF National Championships in Laval this July.
Foster wasn’t the only AAWC athlete to have success at the event. Newcomer Webber continued his impressive start to competitive arm-wrestling with second-place finishes in both the left- and right-armed 200 pound and over events.
This was the 52-year-old’s second event since he began competing in late 2017.
“I didn’t expect to do too well because in arm-wrestling, you have to have that tendon strength, and there is actually a lot of technique to it you have to learn,” he said. “I’ve thought at my age, I’m kind of passed being a beginner, so (competing) has been a pleasant surprise and I quite enjoy it as well.”
Weber added he didn’t intend to get into the competitive aspect of arm-wrestling, but was introduced to the sport by his daughter, who also competes. Both plan to participate in provincials in the spring.