Since it's inception, the Australian Strongman Alliance has always existed for one main reason - to create a set pathway from novice all the way to the absolute pinnacle of the sport in the world, the title of the Worlds Strongest Man or Woman. In 2018, we're proud to announce we've finally achieved this in a first for Australian competitors - across all divisions.
Before we get underway with our exciting news, some bad news - unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, the 2018 Australian Strongman Alliance Nationals will unfortunately no longer lead to an invite to Strongman Champions League 90/105kg World Championships, the date for the SCL event is just a couple of weeks after the ASA Nationals. I know this competition has been a highlight of the calendar for the last few years as we've consistently had a strong Australian presence, however it just wasn't possible to continue for 2018. We would like to thank Strongman Champions League for the work they've done in bringing strongman to a bigger audience, and hope we can work together in the future.
Finally, the good news. The Australian Strongman Alliance are delighted to announce that for the 2018 ASA Nationals, we will be able to offer the winners of the following ASA weight classes an invitation to the 2018 Official Strongman Games, held by Train Strongman.
- Under 62.5kg Women
- Under 82.5kg Women
- Open Women
- Masters Women
- Under 80kg Men
- Under 90kg Men
- Under 105kg Men
- Open Men
- Masters Men
The 2017 Official Strongman Games was one of the most exciting international competitions the world has ever seen, with over 270 competitors for a massive 2 day event in the huge Dorton Arena, North Carolina. All weight classes except Open Men competed to be crowned the Worlds Strongest, with the Open Mens champion receiving an invitation to Giants Live - and ultimately, competing for a spot on the Worlds Strongest Man circuit.
This means, for the first time ever, Australian athletes have a set pathway from novice all the way to World's Strongest Man - for example, in QLD we have the Brisbane's Strongest Man and Woman, leading to the Australian Strongman Alliance Nationals, leading to the Official Strongman Games, leading to Giants Live and finally leading to Worlds Strongest Man - with almost every other state following a similar pathway thanks to the Australian Strongman Alliance state representatives. Last year the competition saw Zydrunas Savickas, Nick Best, Stan Carradine, Donna Moore and Kristin Rhodes competing, giving Australian competitors a chance to compete with some of the biggest names in the sport.
There are some stipulations to receive an invite, including minimum number of competitors in each weight class and qualifying numbers in 3 of the 6 qualifying lifts, and further information will be released in the next few weeks.
If you haven't already qualified for the 2018 Australian Strongman Alliance Nationals, there are still a few chances to qualify - check out the following link for upcoming ASA qualifiers.
International Athletes: As per previous years of the ASA Nationals, you are welcome to compete without having to qualify within your own country.