Tug of war team is top of the heap
JAS Singh knows the importance of sheer strength.
The 51-year-old has spent the last 27 years working on his banana farm, a hard labouring job which no doubt has contributed greatly to his success off the farm and in the field of tug of war.
Mr Singh recently took his team to victory at the National Titles held in Newcastle, defeating the reigning champions Dumeresq in front of a crowd numbering a couple of thousand.
The Woolgoolga Bowling Club Sikh tug of war team are now the Australian champions, not a bad accomplishment for a team who sees their sport of choice as a 'hobby'.
"We just do it for a bit of fun, and for socialising," Mr Singh said.
The tug of war team is made up of players aged from 18 into their early 50s.
The team which formed 14 years ago and won their first match at the Brisbane Sikh Games, now includes three original members and holds an undefeated record.
So where will they go from here?
"Well, some of the boys are talking about going overseas," Mr Singh said.
"We never really had ambitions for that, we started as amateurs then we were being called champs."
Mr Singh is pleased but not entirely surprised by the team's success, given most of his teammates are also banana workers.
He put their success down to the fact that they had already developed their strength in their lifestyles, but another key element was the closeness of the team.
"It's more brotherly. We have co-operation and an understanding of each other because we're like a family," Mr Singh said.
That family sentimentality also applies in post-game celebrations.
"We keep the boys in line," Mr Singh said.
"There's a huge age gap so us oldies stop them from misbehaving too much."
However, there is a defnite reason to celebrate, with our boys from Woolgoolga still being undefeated after their 14 years, and with no sign of being bested soon.