The sports career of Canadian armwrestler Joseph Fox is very fast but also fruitful and now he has a chance to pull in Top 8. Is it a surprise for him? ()
Joe, how did you come to armwrestling? What do you do beside the sport?
- My name is Joe Fox and I am 41 years old, I am not young but am fairly new to the sport as I have been armwrestling only 5 years. I armwrestled growing up having 3 older brothers and of course out at the bars and never really got beaten until I ran into Doug Curtiss who was the President of the club in Grande Prairie and then went to my first practice. I thought I was good until I practiced with a club and a 150-pound guy took me down. But this motivated me to train and want to become the best! My 2 boys Kyren and Dane travel with me to events and we all compete and do very well. Beside sport I like to snowboard, camp and quad when we have spare time and visit family and friends.
Were you surprised by your result at Zloty Tur? How long have you been going towards this achievement?
- I had a bad showing at worlds as I missed the go and lost my first match to Poland who ended up placing second then won a match against Sweden I believe and then come up against fellow Canadian Colin Vandersteen and I fouled out of that match so was not pleased with the result. Honestly, I thought I could have been on the podium but this happens, so my buddy Dan said I should enter Zloty Tur. So, I entered thinking these guys are animals but I want to give it a go, I won 2 and lost 2 so was very pleased with the result. And yes, the top guys are absolute beasts and are the best 95kg guys in the world in my opinion.
Ihor Okara is an absolute beast and went right through me. I could not get a good set up with him but these guys are the best and I can only improve from this experience. I have only competed at 80kg on the National and international level before this so 90 at worlds then 95 kg was a big step up for me in weight and I have never faced the kind of talent I met at Zloty ever before, so the only way to get better is to go against those who are better then you and I will keep improving through all of these experiences.