History

Coming together is a beginning
Keeping together is progress
Working together is success

~ Henry Ford

Coming together is a beginning

The first time a group of strength athletes from the Bongerd gym came together was during the strongman 2012. This strongman was organized by the ingenious Mark Rothuis and the all-female all hot Thymos team with the aim of finding the strongest ‘non-metrosexual’ man of Wageningen. This clash of testosterone could be considered the genesis of the association. From this point in history sprang forth the vision of what can be achieved when buff dudes and dudesses come together. It was during this strongman that Mark Reijerman and Aernoud van Kerkhoven came up with the idea to start a strength training association. Tharick Sam-Sin soon joined as treasurer and from summer 2012 efforts were being made to start the association.

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Keeping together is progress

So how did we manage to stay together and grow? We kept an open mind and left space for ideas people had. We asked many to fill in a questionnaire to decide on the name of the association and the activities people wanted to do. We went with the trial and error approach and tried everything. Committees were born from the many initiatives within the group. The website was set up, merchandise was developed, we had eating competitions, bootcamp trainings, even the first lectures and achieved 40 members in our first year. The foundations were placed to make Wageningen Beasts a common concept in Wageningen. However, there was still skepticism towards the idea of a strength training association. Not everyone supported our vision, but on the same time we came together often with our members, persevered and made progress.

Working together is success

The years after that there were new enthusiastic board members that tried their best to create cohesion within the association. Besides the weekly trainings there were 2 to 3 activities every single week, from BBQs, to lectures, competitions, parties, and most of all: a close group of friends spending time together and enjoying their lifestyle. In this third year of the association we had grown to an astonishing amount of 98 members! We started to profile ourselves in the city of Wageningen, with open lectures, the annual Strongman competition and great activities during the AID like the bus 88-pull.

The year after the board almost completely changed again, making room for a fresh vision of new enthusiastic board members. As we now finally were a real, rapidly expanding association, the board members emphasized professionalization of the association, in order to sustain the organization and our 14 committees.

Within little more than three years, the concept Wageningen Beasts that was made up by a few students grew to a living association. A big accomplishment driven by passion, creativity and perseverance. As we keep improving every single day, who knows what we can achieve together in a few years!

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