After repeating as World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Champion in late May, two-time reigning winner Tom Stoltman (2021-2022) tried his hand at one other sport. On June 12, 2022, in the course of the annual Soccer Aid in London, UK — a pleasant soccer match organized for charity since 2006 — Stoltman was a part of an total group that helped elevate £15,673,728 million in euros ($18,908,393 million in {dollars}) for the Unicef UK. 

While he’s one of many greatest names in strongman, Stoltman was merely a part of an prolonged record of who’s who from the occasion. Other noteworthy athletes and well-known individuals concerned included two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Carli Lloyd, eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, actor Idris Elba, and musician Liam Payne. 

Stoltman’s crew gained the match 4-1 on penalties after a 2-2 tie on the finish of regulation. The members on each squads have been largely positionless as scorekeepers additionally solely primarily tracked objectives by way of statistics. 

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According to UKFundraising, the £15,673,728 million in euros ($18,908,393 million in {dollars}) raised is a file for the pleasant match, which has accrued a complete of roughly £75 million in euros ($80,025, 608 in {dollars}) to this point. The Unicef UK is the United Kingdom’s division of the worldwide group for youngsters, which goals to enhance their entry to dietary meals, clear consuming water, high quality well being care, and a great training. 

Upon the match’s conclusion, Stoltman had applicable phrases for his involvement within the occasion in a put up on his Instagram.

“£15-plus million raised for Unicef UK with Soccer Aid, what an amazing total,” Stoltman wrote. “I’m so honoured and proud to be a part of this amazing cause.”

Tom Stoltman’s Future

Judging by his current exploits, Stoltman seems to be following in a current line of legendary WSM Champions who discover a technique to stimulate themselves in different methods other than exhibiting off their power.

Among the extra notable embrace 2018 WSM winner Hafthor Björnsson and 2017 WSM winner Eddie Hall, who boxed in opposition to each other in March 2022. Not lengthy after, Hall confirmed off his prowess as a swimmer in May 2022, whereas Björnsson confirmed off a remade physique. 

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At solely 28-years-old, Stoltman is probably going a good distance from hanging up his lifting belt earlier than partaking absolutely in different athletic pursuits. His participation within the noble 2022 Soccer Aid is nonetheless a superb instance of what the elite strongman is able to when not slotting Atlas Stones onto podiums. 

Stoltman’s subsequent strongman competitors is the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals, which can happen on October 8, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. After a second-place end in 2021, he’ll attempt to unseat his brother and the defending Giants Live World Tour Finals winner, Luke Stoltman.

At this fee, a win there would possibly merely be one other spectacular notch within the belt for one in every of strongman’s superstars. 

Featured picture: @tomstoltmanofficial on Instagram