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Kell hoping to compete overseas after arm wrestling success at nationals

Antigonish arm-wrestling athlete Garry Kell holds up the two medals he earned – a gold and silver – during last month’s Canadian championships in Edmonton.

Earns gold and silver at Canadian championships in Edmonton


After another successful Canadian arm-wrestling championship competition, Antigonish’s Garry Kell has set his sights on attending an international event this fall.

Kell earned a gold and silver at the Canadian event in Edmonton last month.

“Finished first in my left under-75 kilos (under-165 pounds) and second in my right to an Alberta competitor,” Kell, who competes in a class for physical impaired athletes, said.

“The biggest thing now is getting some training in and heading off to the worlds,” he said, talking to the Casket Aug. 20.

Kell noted, because there are two governing federations for his sport, there are actually two world competitions coming up in the next few months; one in Romania the end of October, first of November, and then one, in Poland, roughly a month later.

He said he hasn’t determined which one he would set his sights on, but the biggest obstacle is funding and he is in the process of looking for sponsorship or donations now.

A 27-year veteran of the sport, Kell noted he has competed in international competitions in the past but, on both occasions, they were held in Canada.

“I’ve been at the Worlds twice when they were held in Canada; 2003 in Ottawa and 2008 in Kelowna, B.C.,” he said, adding if he can accomplish his goal of raising enough money to attend, it would be his first time traveling outside of the country.

Would attending a world event outside Canada be his swan song?

“I don’t know … maybe,” Kell said with a chuckle. “It’s a long career; I started when I was 22 and I’m going to be 50 in November.”

Could be a nice birthday present.

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