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Student reaches final of Plymouth’s strongest man 2020

Published: 11th January 2021

Student strongman Nick Headland has been juggling his degree studies alongside competing in the Plymouth’s Strongest Man competition.

Nick, who studies the BSc Sport Health & Exercise Science course at Cornwall College Camborne, placed 3rd in the final of the 2020 competition.

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 continued.

“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.”

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 continued.

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 & conditioning in the community with a wealth of experience.

The Cornwall College Group boasts a new, highly experienced leadership team that is committed to delivering exceptional opportunities, facilities and training to all of the college’s learners.

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.

To find out more about Cornwall College Camborne and the amazing courses available, please visit our Virtual Open Day site .

There is a live chat function and the ability to also apply online. For more detailed information about our courses, please visit or contact the College on 0330 123 2523.


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