Digby scallop fisherman wins Canadian arm wrestling championships

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on May 20, 2014

Digby scallop fisherman Phil Carty is a Canadian arm wrestling champion.

Correction: Phil Carty is a two-time Canadian arm wrestling champion.

Carty went undefeated, with the right and with the left, in the 90 kg Masters (over 40) class at the Canadian Arm Wrestling Championships in Charlottetown on the weekend.

“I promised I’d bring home a title this year,” said Carty. “Well, here’s two.”

Carty made the promise in this newspaper after returning from the Battle of the Atlantic XIII in January.

Carty only started competing on a whim in August 2012. Since then he has slowly been wracking up wins against bigger and more experienced opponents.

His medal streak slowed down last year when he fell while scallop fishing and tore the bicep right off the bone.

His promise from January meant any title from the Nova Scotian, Atlantic or National championships but he also said he’d be happy with top three in Canada.

“It’s pretty crazy to think about it,” said Carty. “I just started in this a couple years ago and, well, I am the best in all of Canada.”

Carty had intended to pull in the 100-kilogram class but when he weighed in the day before on Thursday, he was at 91.6 kg (or 202 pounds).

Rick Pinkney, president of the Nova Scotia Arm Wrestling Association, encouraged Carty to lose the 1.6 kg (or four pounds) to make the 90-kg class.

Carty spent five hours climbing in and out of the hot tub on Friday to lose the four pounds and make the weight.

To make the weight exactly.

When he stepped on the scales Friday night in his underwear, he weighed 90.1 kg.

“I didn’t hesitate,” said Phil. “They started to say, Phil you have to drop your underwear, and before they could finish the sentence I dropped them. I was 90 kg on the button.”

Sunday he also competed in the Open class and finished fifth with his right and seventh with his left.

He was the only competitor in his weight class to pull two days in a row.

“I felt great but then when I was on the table I knew I had pulled the day before and that probably made a big difference,” he said.

Mark Crouse of Beaconsfield in Annapolis County also brought home medals from nationals – in the Masters 80-kg class, he won silver with his left and bronze with his right.

In the open class, Crouse placed fourth with his left in the 77-kg class and fifth with his right.

Jeff McBride of Digby, competing in the same open class, was fifth with his left and seventh with his right.

Ron Morehouse of Digby placed sixth with his left and fifth with his right in the open 105-kg class