Injury hits Hicks’ preparations for World’s Strongest Man

Strongman Graham Hicks outside the Muscle Factory, Lune Industrial Estate, Lancaster.

Strongman Graham Hicks outside the Muscle Factory, Lune Industrial Estate, Lancaster.

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Morecambe strongman Graham Hicks is looking on the bright side despite not having long to prepare for the biggest event of his life.

The 28-year-old travels to Doncaster this Saturday for Britain’s Strongest Man before a rearranged schedule sees him fly straight out to Los Angeles for his third World’s Strongest Man.

The event usually takes place later in the year but has been moved forward for American television.

And it isn’t a move that has been met with approval by all of the athletes with Hicks carrying an injury.

Hicks said: “I feel a bit rushed because it’s been brought forward, but in general my lifting is at its best.

“I was struggling with a rotator cuff issue and tendonitis in my elbow which I’ve managed to get under control then last week my back went.

“I’ve not been able to tie my shoe laces for a week. It knocked my confidence a lot too but I’ll still try to do the competitions and mostly just enjoy myself.

“It’s made it hard because we only found out eight weeks ago.

“Eight weeks prep for the biggest competition of my life isn’t long. Usually I build up over the year and get chance to train a lot more variety of the events.

“My facilities have got better and better and I may not see the benefits this time but I’m sure over the next year or two I can make myself a real threat on a few events on the world stage.

“I believe in my abilities and so long as I stay injury free I still feel like the sky is the limit.”