Tightening the belts: Digby armwrestler retains Battle of Atlantic titles

Published on October 18, 2016

DIGBY – Phil Carty is keeping his Battle of the Atlantic armwrestling belts for another while.

The Digby scallop fisherman successfully defended both right and left middleweight titles at BOTA XIX at the Engine Room in Truro on Oct. 15.

Carty beat Barry MacDonald of P.E.I. three straight in both right and left matches in the under 200 pound class.

Ralphie Bayers of Ship Harbour had qualified as the contender for both middleweight belts but he is working up north and was unable to attend.

Carty competed in the elimination matches in Truro too but in the heavy weight class.

“I miss that extreme competition,” he says. “I missed pulling them big guys – that’s what I was initiated into when I got into arm wrestling and I really enjoy those good battles with the big guys.”

When Carty started armwrestling in 2012 he weighed about 95 kilograms and competed in the heavy weight class but dropped weight to 90 kg for the 2014 Canadian Nationals.

He won double gold there and again at Nationals in 2015 and is still undefeated three years in a row with his right arm in the Masters middleweight class.

But he can still compete against the big boys. He finished third with the right at BOTA XIX and fourth with the left.

Carty injured his left arm scallop fishing in 2013 – ripped the bicep right off the bone – but has gradually been putting heavier loads on it.

“The left is really coming along, I got down to the quarter finals with Charlie McGeoghegan, Mark MacPhail and Kenny Snow,” says Carty. “Me and Charlie had a real barn burner and it drained both of us and Kenny was able to beat both of us after that to get into the final, but you know anytime you can place in the top three or four against guys like this, these are Canadian heavyweight champions, world champions, if you can compete with them, that’s a good tournament.”

Carty figures his next BOTA title defence will be a little tougher.

Wayde Graves, a.k.a the Repo Man, of Halifax won the right to be contender with both arms for BOTA XX sometime in the new year.

“It’s going to be interesting,” says Carty. “He dropped weight too to get into middleweight and we always have good matches and raise a lot of hell together.”


For a collection of stories covering Phil Carty’s armwrestling career check online at digbycourier.ca