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Strongman helping to fight cystic fibrosis
HE can squat half a tonne and dead lift 300 kilos – despite only weighing 125 kilos himself.
Yet it is the physical challenge that his wife has to contend with that has got one Hampshire man raising money in a Strong Man competition.
Aaron Page, 24, a fish and chip manager from Bursledon, will host a Strong Man competition that will see 30 body builders lock horns in a tussle to be crowned winner of the event.
His wife, Mellissa Page, suffers from cystic fibrosis, and so far, Aaron has raised £700 from a targeted £900 to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The competition, set for October 12 at the Winning Health Solutions gym in Shirley, will see the overhead medley, 16-inch dead lift, 220-kilo yoke, arm over arm pull and finishing off with a normal medley.
Aaron, who weighs in at 125 kilos, will be joined by former World’s Strongest Man competitor, Rob Frampton, and former England’s natural strongest man under 90 kilos winner, Tom Hibbert as the trio pick a worthy winner.
The event is titled Breathe Easy, which pays homage to Aaron’s wife, Mellissa, who often faces a battle with breathing difficulties due to her condition and now studies law at the university of Winchester.
The pair have been together for six years, having been married for three of them.
“Mellissa was diagnosed two weeks after birth. She is so brave and I have never known her to give up on anything,” says Aaron.
“I’ve called it Breathe Easy because Mellissa struggles with her breathing sometimes because of cystic fibrosis.
“This competition is great because it is a novice one, so you never know who is going to walk through the door.
“I’ve been competing since November and I was inspired to do it by looking at a poster of Thomas Hibbert and just decided that was what I wanted to do.
“I’ve played rugby for years and have competed five times – I came first in the Champs for Future competition and third in Britain’s natural strongest man southern qualifier.”
“I am doing it for the charity because having seen Mellissa, I really want them to find a cure.”
To donate, visit cysticfibrosis.org.uk.
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