We grabbed an opportunity to talk with Sean Kennedy, who is the UK's Strongest Man in the under 105kg category. Sean told us about his son being the reason he opens his eyes in the morning, some Norwegian rigging and his ambition to participate at the Arnold Classic Strongman in 2014.
1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I had an unusual wish when I was a lad and that was to work on the river on tugboats! My wish came true. Never has it been said better, 'Careful what you wish for'. I worked 24 hours on and 24 hours off, so I left having fulfilled my dream at an early age and realised that this was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I then became a doorman - Quite a career change.
2. Please describe the high and low of your Strongman career.
Qualifying to take part in the World's Strongest Man U105 should have been the high of my career but it wasn't. The whole event in Norway was disheartening, soul destroying and a real low for me in a sport that I love. The events were rigged for the local lads to win and whilst it may sound like sour grapes I promise you that it is not because had those people won fairly and squarely I would have shaken their hand and said, 'Well done'. But they hadn't. The organiser of the event, a Norwegian, came first, followed by 2nd, 3rd and 4th, yep, you guessed, all Norwegians. After the events I didn't want to talk Strongman, hear about Strongman, or see Strongman. I went off the sport for a good 3 months.
The greatest high of my career so far is winning the title of 'UK's Strongest Man U105'. I always said that my goal since working out as a 9 stone 'boy' 6 years ago was to earn this title and I did in 2012. This was the first year that I entered Strongman and I am grateful to all those around me that I managed to achieve it in my first year in the 105kg category
3. What are your three top tips for Strongman?
A. Never give up.
B. Stay in a positive mind.
C. Take all the advice that is given to you.
4. What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Chris Gearing said to me, "You are stronger than what you think. Truly believe that you can be the best, start acting like it".
5. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say to them?
Mariusz Pudzianowski, because I'd like to ask him how he stayed so strong so long and how did you stay so fit? And, can you give me the secret to the all round package?
6. What is your motivation to keep going, especially on the days when you just don't want to go to the gym?
Letting my little boy down because if I allow that frame of mind to creep in I may have that in a competition and I cannot allow that.
7. How do you spend your free time?
With my son. All my spare time is spent with my 2 year old son Kieran. Every minute I have spare is with him. I want to make him proud of his Dad. He is my world and my reason I open my eyes everyday.
8. What is your best and worst event and why?
My worst event is the Farmer's Walk because my grip is not brilliant, though I have been working on this a lot. My best event is the log press because I believe that I was genetically built for an event such as this. You might say I'm lucky in that way for this event! My personal best is 170kg.
9. What are your ambitions for the future?
To qualify for the 'Arnold Classic Strongman' in March 2014. And to make an impact in South Africa in November.
10. Who is the most famous person you have met? And the most famous person on your mobile?
Terry Hollands is the most famous person in my mobile, though I did bodyguard for Simon Cowell at an event where Ok! Magazine bought Channel 5.
Please share with us your favourite picture and tell us why you like it so much.
My favourite picture is the one above because whenever I am down or unmotivated this picks me up :)
More booost interviews