Derek Boyer

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Derek Boyer
Born (1969-06-14) 14 June 1969 (age 47)
Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
Occupation Strongman Powerlifting Actor
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 138 kg (304 lb)
Title Australia's Strongest Man
Competition record
Representing  Fiji
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1996 World's Strongest Man
9th 1997 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1998 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2000 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2001 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2002 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2007 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2011 World's Strongest Man
10th 2009
Australia's Strongest Man
1st 2000
1st 2001
1st 2002
1st 2003
1st 2004
1st 2005
1st 2006
1st 2007
1st 2008
1st 2009
1st 2010
1st 2011
Fit X Strongman Championships
1st 2011
Representing  Fiji
WDFPF Raw World Powerlifting Championships[1]
1st 2003 145kg
WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships[1]
2nd 1993 145kg

Derek Boyer (born 14 June 1969) is a Fijian-Australian world champion powerlifter, former professional strongman competitor and actor.

Strongman and powerlifting[edit]

Boyer has competed seven times in the World's Strongest Man contest, reaching the finals in 1997.[2] He is the reigning 12 time Australia's Strongest Man, winning from 2000–2011.[3] Boyer goes by the nickname "The Island Warrior".[2] He has won numerous powerlifting titles in Australia.[2]

Boyer currently holds the Guinness World Record for heaviest truck pulled, after he pulled a Kenworth K104 truck weighing 51,840 kg (114,287 lb - 51.84 metric tons) over a level 100 ft (30.48 m) course in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 6 March 2005. He captured his 11th straight Australia's Strongest Man title on 5 June 2010.[4]

Acting and television[edit]

Boyer has portrayed Bayman in DOA: Dead or Alive and promoted the steel products company Orcon, as Orcon's "Man of Steel", featuring Orcon's trackside promotional efforts at V8 Supercars events where Orcon has been a sponsor of race teams, Larkham Motor Sport, WPS Racing and Ford Performance Racing. He took on the role of 'Thunder' in the revived version of the Australian television sports entertainment series Gladiators in 2008. He specialized in strength events like Duel, Whiplash and Sumo Ball, where he used his weight advantage.

Boyer appeared on Channel nine's The Footy Show (AFL) on 19 August 2010 and with Shane Crawford attempted the world record for the most bench presses (weight had to be over 100 kg) in a minute. With no practice at all he achieved 116 with the record standing at 121. In a later attempt on the record on 23 September on The Footy Show, Boyer managed to break the record completing 126 bench presses.

Boyer was featured on the SBS program "Housos" as a prisoner who takes a shine to the "white meat" of Dazza Jones. Boyer appeared on an episode of Big Brother and in 2014, he was featured on 7mate's Bogan Hunters as a celebrity judge.[5]

Retirement and return to competition[edit]

On 14 September 2010, Boyer temporarily retired from strongman competition in a letter sent to Federation of Australian Strength Competitors (FASC) president Bill Lyndon. He stated that he will be focusing on powerlifting and sumo wrestling in the future, although he quickly came out of retirement just six months later.[6]

Boyer came out of retirement and won the Australian Fit X Strongman Championships on 12 March 2011.[7]

Recently, Boyer won the 2011 Australia's Strongest Man and earned an invite to compete at the 2011 World's Strongest Man (WSM) contest in North Carolina, United States.[8] This will mark his eighth appearance in WSM.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Boyer Derek - powerlifting and bench press performances, records, bio, photo, video". 1993-10-09. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography"
  3. ^ Aussiepower official site
  4. ^ Derek Boyer Wins 2010 Australia’s Strongest Man
  5. ^ "Bogan Hunters - Series 1". 17 July 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Derek Boyer Retires From Strongman". 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  7. ^ a b "Derek Boyer Wins Fit X Strongman Championships". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Derek Boyer Wins Australia's Strongest Man, Headed to World's Strongest Man". 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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Preceded by
Grant Edwards
Australia's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Mike Vrljic