Chilliwack strongman flexes muscles for new playground

Chilliwack strongman Scott Wallace is holding a charity pull event at Party in the Park Friday to raise funds for a local daycare.

Scott Wallace hoists his son

Scott Wallace won’t have time to think of the pain surging through every inch of his muscled body.

Fifteen seconds and it will all be over.

But give it a second after, he says, and he is sure to collapse.

If not from the physical exertion, then the pride of knowing his son’s daycare is one step closer to getting a much-needed new playground.

Wallace is a Strongman. Since 2012, the 6 foot 2, 290-pound behemoth has been training, competing and winning several Strongman competitions throughout North America.

This Friday is different.

This Friday, Wallace isn’t looking to be a champion, he’s looking to help a community in need.

This Friday, at Party in the Park, Wallace will be using his physical powers to raise a playground for a Chilliwack daycare. It’s the next step, he says, in his journey to becoming one of B.C.’s most notorious Strongmen.

“It’s my way of taking it to another level,” he says.

To not just be about the competition, but the community as well.

Truck Pull for a Playground is a fundraiser for A Nice Place to be Daycare, of which Wallace’s three-year-old son Cole attends, as did his older stepson.

The daycare, located on Vedder Road, has been operating in Chilliwack for 22 years. The playground is almost just as old.

The wood structure is tired and weathered, as is the fencing around the yard. The landscape is hard and rocky with sink holes.

“I’ve tried putting grass in, but it doesn’t stay,” says daycare provider Tracey Tantrum. “When it rains, the kids treat it like a swimming pool.”

And because Tantrum has kept fees to a minimum, catering to all families, many who are low-income and rely on government subsidies to help with daycare costs, she doesn’t have the extra funds needed for a playground makeover.

Enter Wallace.

Wallace had been wanting to do something for the community for almost as long as he’s been competing in Strongman. It was his wife Carrie that led him to the daycare’s needs.

They love the daycare, they love the relationships they’ve formed, they love the staff. But that playground, it’s seen better days.

“The playground is not where it should be,” says Wallace. “It’s old and beaten up and it’s definitely time for a new one.”

This Friday, during Party in the Park, Wallace will haul a 50,000 pound, Canex flatbed truck, strapped to his shoulders, 50 feet along Victoria Ave.

The event, sponsored by Supplement King, is estimated to last 15 seconds.

“It’s an exciting thing to watch; a lot of people in Chilliwack haven’t seen it done before,” says Wallace.

“I make lots of noise. I scream, I holler, I grunt. I love doing it. I love that not everybody can do it.”

The fundraiser, which has already received several in-kind donations with things like signage, fence repair and landscaping, is hoping to raise $4,000 for the playground structure.

“A lot of the time people get caught up with their every day lives and they forget what’s important,” says Wallace. “Ultimately, our kids are the most important, whether they’re yours or others.

“Even if it’s just $5, if 500 people give that, look how much that adds up to.”

In addition to the truck pull, Wallace will also be performing log presses, atlas stone lifts and circus dumbbell presses for the charity.

For more information, visit the online fundraising webpage at www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/a-nice-place-to-be-charity-pull/206357 and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1434838463463439/

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