Digby fisherman promises armwrestling belt or a trophy this year

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on February 24, 2014

Phil Carty of Digby gets set to arm wrestle with Randy Bayers of Ship Harbour at the Battle of the Atlantic in Noel on Jan. 18.

Cathy Carty

Digby’s arm wrestling scallop fisherman says he’ll bring home a trophy or a belt this year.

Phil Carty won the amateur class with his still-recovering left arm and came second in the elite class with his right at Battle of the Atlantic XIII at the Hants County Pub in Noel on Jan. 18.

“I felt like I was on fire,” said Carty about the tournament, where he only lost two matches, both to Randy Bayers the eventual winner of the right heavyweight elite class. “This was my best performance yet and I’m still progressing—I went from fourth last year to second this year.”

He actually beat Bayers early in the tournament, the only one to do so, but when they met in the final, Bayers beat him two in a row for the gold medal.

Carty was given permission to pull in the amateur class with his left because it still wasn’t 100 per cent—this was Carty’s first time competing with the left since he fell while scallop fishing, caught himself on a ladder rung and ripped his bicep away from the bone.

Still he won the amatuer over 176 pounds class, beating out fellow Digbytonian Jeff McBride. McBride was also second to Sean Weaver of Middleton with his right in the 198 pound class.

Ron Morehouse of Digby finished fourth in the left over 176 pounds class.

Carty has started going to the gym this winter and thinks that added strength is going to make a big difference for him.

He’s headed to the Nova Scotia Championships in Middle Sackville on Saturday, March 8, the Atlantic Canadian Championships in Moncton on April 5, and Nationals in Charlottetown in mid-May.

He says he plans to do “real good” in Middle Sackville and in Charlottetown.

“If I could place in the top 3 in Canada, that’d be a success for me,” he says.