Boer Jaco ready to deliver a tour de force


It’s time again for a bit of farm power on the international stage: Jaco Schoonwinkel is going to flex his muscles at the World’s Strongest Man competition.

After a nasty knee injury cut short his participation last year, the Swellendam farmer was persuaded to show the rest of the strongman world exactly where a South African David dug his roots.

According to his wife, Mikayla, his participation is a remarkable achievement.

“His dedication and hard work to get where he wants to be is incredible and he is an excellent example for our boy. To be selected among the top 30 strongest athletes worldwide is quite simply wow,” she said.

Schoonwinkel trains four times a week for a few hours per session. He also makes time to build his strength even after a full day’s work on the farm.

And according to insiders, he is stronger and more motivated this year than before his untimely injury.

“He is working very hard with his coach (Rory Scheepers) to be ready for the next competition and his preparation is going very well. I can see that his head is right and that he is ready to participate again.”

Needless to say, the road to strongman success sometimes follows a hard and lonely route. For example, an athlete must participate overseas in official Strongman competitions and stand on the podium before being invited to the WSM.

Moreover, like rugby and cricket, it is not one of South Africa’s mainstream sports and it is difficult to get the necessary support and sponsors.

However, Schoonwinkel has previously confirmed to RNews that braai meat provides so much more muscle strength than a protein drink.

“Yes, it definitely helped build strength; especially the amount I eat,” Schoonwinkel said with a laugh at the time.

The World’s Strongest Man competition will be held from May 1 to 5 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA.