Daniel teaches his competitors a lesson

Donemana PS pupils Gemma Wallace and Harvey Laird point to their teacher and Strabane’s strongest man Daniel Potts as school pals Brooke Heywood and Annie Stevenson test Daniel’s strength. DR24

A STRABANE man has clinched the inaugural Strong and Mighty title for 2017.

Daniel Potts fought off all-comers over the course of six events at the ‘Strong Man and Mighty Woman’ contest at Darren Tierney Strength and Fitness in Monaghan last month.
A teacher at Donemana Primary School, Daniel admits that despite being exhausted in the days preceding the event, he is elated to have achieved the title. 
“I participated in a contest a month before and it was through that Facebook page that I saw a link to this one,” Daniel explained. 
“It was pretty much the same format as you see on the strong man competitions on the TV. It took place over a full day and there were six events.” 
He added, “I definitely felt elated to win. I had been trying to cut weight to get in but on the following Monday I felt as though my body had been put through a car crash.” 
The Strong and Mighty events included a truck pull, the super yoke – which saw Daniel carry a 220kg yoke on his shoulders for 80metres – the farmer’s walk, the tyre flip and the log press. The grand finale, as viewers of World’s Strongest Man have come to expect, was the Atlas Stones. 
“That was the final event,” Daniel continued. “The ball weighed 82.5kgs and you had to put it up over a bar as many times as possible. 
“The truck pull was a 25 metre course and you had to do that in the fastest time. I won that one and the super yoke.”
Training out of Peak Performance in Strabane Daniel also admitted that achieveing the title was the culmination of tonnes of hard work.
“To be fair I was in the gym seven days a week with my training partners Mark and Paul. 
“You never know what the events are going to be exactly so you have to cover all the basics. It was hard work. And I have a daughter who is just over a year old so it was tough trying to juggle things at times.” 
The local teacher remarked too that he tries to impart elements of his dietary regime into the classroom at Donemana. 
“I won Strabane’s Strongest Man back in 2016 and a lot of the children found out about that through the paper,” he said. 
“They were really excited about it. 
“They also see me drinking up to six litres of water a day prior to a contest so we try and talk about nutrition and things like that. It’s nice to be able to bring that experience into the classroom.” 
He added, “I do get massive enjoyment out of it. It’s all about having fun and staying safe at the same time.” 



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