Bishop's Stortford High School student Alfie Poyser dreaming of career as professional strongman
Alfie Poyser has made a brilliant start along the road he hopes will lead to him realising his dream of becoming a professional strongman.
The 16-year-old, who is studying for a sport BTEC and psychology A-level in The Bishop's Stortford High School's sixth form, came second in the Ingatestone's Strongest competition.
Poyser, who has been doing strongman training for a year, had been planning on entering a competition at Witham RFC in June, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.
However, he found the event in the village of Ingatestone and entered the beginners category, with the second youngest entrant being 22.
The teenager – who trains at home and at Koru Gym in Stortford as well as being mentored online by the 2016 Europe's Strongest Man champion Laurence Shahlaei – came second in a field of 17. He was pipped to top spot by a 41-year-old rival only on event placements after they tied on points.
Poyser lives in Park Lane, Stansted, with mum Carly, who is the Bishop's Stortford RFC Ladies team manager, dad Andy and 15-year-old brother and fellow TBSHS pupil Oscar.
He has current personal bests of 220kg for deadlift, 350kg tyre flip, 180kg squat and 100kg bench press.
Poyser works in the Bishop's Stortford rugby club shop at Silver Leys and used to play in the youth section before picking up a back injury. He hopes to go to university to study to become a physiotherapist as well as pursuing his professional strongman dreams.
His next big competition is the Under-23 UK's Strongest Man in February.