Troy Conley-Magnusson is very strong. Very, very strong.
A quick search of his name online and you will see video and images of Troy pulling aeroplanes, semi-trailers and even a fleet of sixteen cars.
There is something incredibly likeable about the guy, and you don’t have to scratch the surface far to see what it is. It is what motivates him.
Over the past couple of years Troy has had a lot of attention due to his many amazing exploits.
He has had more than a fair go at a number of phenomenal records. A Guinness World Record is inevitably going to feature his name very soon, and it could very well be as a result of his next challenge, during the South Bank Truck Festival.
But the question is why? Always start with why.
“What’s important for me is the fundraising,” Troy told us. “That’s absolutely number one. If we can drive that past $30,000 that would be incredible.
“The record is then a nice bonus.”
That is pretty awesome isn’t it?
Troy says that while the challenges are great fun(?), they are for a very sombre reason.
“It’s all about helping kids that have been seriously injured or diagnosed with critical illnesses like cancer and leukemia,” he said.
“Unfortunately, that is what happened with young Ava, at just two years old she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and subsequently lost over 98% of her bone marrow.
“Thankfully, now five years on, she’s ok and in remission, largely thanks to the support Little Wings, Ronald McDonald House and Sydney Children’s Hospital offer.”
Last November Troy was attempting to break the Guinness World Record for Most Cars pulled by an Individual with sixteen Hyundai’s, weighing over 25 tonnes. Unfortunately, he came up short of the record by five metres due to a misplaced foot on one of the car’s brakes!
To keep momentum going and keep driving the fundraising, Troy was looking for another challenge.
“I’ll be looking to set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest truck pushed by an individual for 100ft (30mtrs), currently this is 11 tonnes and I’ll be looking at doing 12-15 tonnes.”
Well, thanks to Daimler Truck and Bus Australia, we have the vehicle: a 12 tonne Freightliner Cascadia.
To be eligible for a Guinness World Record the area used has to be surveyed by a qualified surveyor and certified to be within 1% of 100% flat. We have found that surface on Little Stanley Street in South Bank.
“After the failed world record attempt last year I received a message from Ava’s Mum,” Troy added.
“For all the things I’ve done in my life, nothing has moved me in the way that did.
“So now I’m a man possessed, and a man on a mission, to ensure we reach our $30,000 target.”
It doesn’t do it justice not to include the whole note, however, here is a small excerpt from Ava’s mum Kathy:
“Ava and I were chatting about you and she realised you lived at Ronald McDonald house as well for a long time when you were little, then the penny dropped.
“You could see her eyes begin to sparkle. She asked ‘so I could do that?’
“I think it would be amazing if you could go and tell all the kids who stay at Ronald McDonald house your story.
“You understand gratitude like we do; it is this level of gratitude we have for you today for unlocking our little girls potential.”
He is truly an inspiring bloke – passionate, relentless in pursuing excellence, and most of all – genuinely caring.
“Going the extra mile like I am at the moment to help the community, to allow kids like Ava to be able to follow their dreams, and support families like hers when they need it the most; that’s all I need,” Troy says.
Make sure you are there to support Troy on Friday morning 14 May. You will be making a donation to help Troy reach that target.