Invergordon siblings launch online fundraising to help them compete in international strongman events after claiming title of World's Strongest Brothers
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AN online fundraising campaign to help Britain’s strongest brothers get to international competitions has been set up.
Invergordon siblings Luke (34) and Tom (25) Stoltman claimed the title of World’s Strongest Brothers after the biggest competition in the world put them in second and third place.
However, the cost of getting to and from the events, that are hosted all over the world, has become something of a burden on the competitors. Luke still works full time, while Tom uses a mix of sponsorship and training workshops to fund his career
As Tom explains, most other senior sportsmen and women would have financial support for their work. He said: “We are at the top level in the world and we fund all our training and travel ourselves.
“As we are representing our country we are keen to be at as many competitions as possible. But the cost can sometimes be prohibitive.
“We know we can win so we want to make sure Scotland is on the podium.”
Fundraiser Simon Celestial, a media consultant, from Inverness, said: “These two men travel the world flying the flag for Scotland.
“People often ask what they can do to help them compete in these high level competitions.
“They are now the world’s strongest brothers. They are the only brothers to make it to the world’s strongest man final in Dubai.
“Lots of people ask me how they can support them get to competitions and that is why we set up a fundraiser online at www.gofundme.com/f/stoltman-brothers to allow people to help support the travel costs to events.”
Mr Celestial added: “Luke and Tom are planning on doing as many competitions as possible however, this can quickly add up in cost. Therefore we need the public’s help.”
He added: “Only donate if you are in a secure financial situation.”