A local arm wrestler has returned from the Golden Arm in Eskilstuna, Sweden Feb. 26.
Heinricks took the last place spot at the event, placing eighth out of eight competitors in his class.
It’s an unusual finish for the provincial, national and global contender, but Heinricks, who has only partial mobility in his legs, said he was disqualified after his legs gave out, moving his elbows on two matches.
Heinricks explained that arm wrestling matches are conducted in a standing position to allow contestants to leverage their weight.
“I didn’t know how much I needed to improve my legs,” he explained,
Heinricks now plans to consult with people in the disabled community to find a way to strengthen his standing position.
“There has got to be a way, and if there is I will find it,” he stated.
Aside from the competition, Heinricks said he enjoyed Sweden, noting the people were great to travellers and the scenery of the country was beautiful.
Next up for him will be the B.C. arm wrestling provincials in Kelowna, date to be announced, and the Canadian National arm wrestling championships to be held in Vancouver in June.