Student strongman Nick Headland has placed third in the final of the Plymouth's Strongest Man competition.

Nick, who studies the BSc Sport Health & Exercise Science course at Cornwall College Camborne, has been juggling his degree studies alongside competing in the strongman event.

Competing in the U105kg novice weight category was a dream come true for Nick, who described being on the lifting platform “with all eyes on me” as “simply incredible”.

“It allowed me to show off what my hard work and dedication has allowed me to achieve. Competition preparation was a gruelling 12-week strength peaking phase but it all paid off on the day,” Nick said.

“This was my first competition and it has set the bar for my future plans, which are to compete in U105kg opens South British qualifier in 2022 and to progress to a national final.”

Falmouth Packet: Student strongman Nick Headland, who studies at Cornwall College CamborneStudent strongman Nick Headland, who studies at Cornwall College Camborne

The competition consisted of four events; event one was maximum deadlift 230kg for third lift, event two a 240kg yolk walk 10m into 75kg shield carrying 20m, event 3 a 80kg axle clean and press 6 reps and event 4 atlas stone over yolk 80/100/120kg.

“Nick has always shown a great interest in strength and conditioning training throughout his degree,” said Louise Fletcher, curriculum area manager for sport at Cornwall College Camborne.

“He is following his dream in competing in the Strongman competitions and we support him with his ambitions every step of the way,” Louise added.

The BSc Sport Health & Exercise Science course at Cornwall College Camborne is focussed on the practical application of theoretical constructs in an industry relevant manner with the vision to enhance both employability and entrepreneurial acumen.

Work-based practices are mandatory within the program and Nick is currently providing strength and conditioning in the community with a wealth of experience.

The full course offering at the Camborne campus includes: Apprenticeships, Art & Design, Catering & Hospitality, Construction Trades, Engineering, Games Design, Hair & Beauty, I.T, Photography, Media, Military Academy, Motor Vehicle, Sport, Travel & Tourism and Vocational & Work-related Studies, not to mention Access to Higher Education and Adult Leisure courses.