Tom was born and lives in Invergordon in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. The 27-year-old, known as the Invergordon Goliath, is the younger brother of 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man, Luke Stoltman. The Stoltman brothers are regarded as the strongest siblings in history after both men qualified for the World’s Strongest Man finals in 2019 and 2021.
At 6’ 8” (2.03m) and over 27 stone (174kg) Tom is a true giant, even among the supersized behemoths of strongman. “The Albatross,” as he is known, because of his huge arms, is the 2021 World’s Strongest man – the first Scot to ever achieve that feat.
At just 5 years of age Tom was diagnosed with autism. It’s something he is proud to speak about in order to inspire other young people with the same condition. Tom has often stated that for his strongman career his autism has been a positive influence, as it has helped him to maintain a focused and single-minded approach to achieving his goals. He has referred to it as his superpower!
At just 27 years of age Tom has already achieved a huge amount in his career, although the best may be yet to come. He began competing in strongman at 18 and by the age of 20 was making the podium at Scotland’s Strongest Man. Scottish titles came quickly, but not before making his debut at World’s Strongest Man in 2017. Within four years Tom had captured the world’s most prestigious title, as well as Britain’s Strongest Man, achieving this remarkable double in 2021.
With his height and size, combined with his incredible speed and all-round strength, many pundits believe the younger Stoltman could dominate the sport over the next few years and perhaps add many more World’s Strongest Man titles to his already impressive resume.
In 2021 Tom achieved what so many strongmen set out to accomplish, yet so few succeed in doing, by winning the 2021 World’s Strongest Man title in Sacramento, California. Tom defeated four-time winner Brian Shaw (USA) and Canada’s Maxime Boudrealt. There are no bigger wins in the sport and the real test now for Stoltman is to become a multiple winner of the title.
Personal Best Lifts
Tom is best known for his stone lifting, where even as a relative novice in the sport he was able to defeat seasoned professionals. He broke the world record for Giants Live’s light set of Castle Stones (100-180kg or 220 – 396lb) at the 2020 Britain’s Strongest Man with a staggeringly fast time of 16.01 seconds, defeating the former record held by Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland.
Tom also owns the world record for lifting the single heaviest Atlas Stone of all time. In 2021 he managed to place a 286kg (630lb) stone over a bar, defeating his own world record. Tom later stated that he would soon attempt to lift a 300kg (660lb) stone!
Tom’s best competition lifts:
Deadlift (strongman rules): 430kg (947lb)
18-inch Deadlift: 478kg (1,054lb)
Axle Press: 190kg (418lb)
Keg Toss for Height: 7.50m (24.6 ft) with 15kg (33lb) keg
Tom’s best training lifts:
Log Press: 215kg (474lb)
Deadlift: 420kg (924lb) x 2 reps
Axle deadlift: 400kg (880lb)
Squat: 345kg (761lb)
Tom has made a tremendous start to the 2022 season, already claiming the Britain’s Strongest Man title. In April he will contest Europe’s Strongest Man – a contest he was forced to miss last year due to covid. As the current and defending World’s Strongest Man, he will be the man to beat.
From the 24th – 29th May Tom will defend his World’s Strongest Man title in Bradenton, Florida. If successful he will become only the second multiple winner of the title from Britain, alongside Geoff Capes who claimed titles in 1983 and 1985.
Following his 2021 World’s Strongest Man win, Tom made numerous TV appearances, including BBC1’s Breakfast show, The Nine and ITV’s This Morning.
Both Tom and his brother Luke have a growing online presence with nearly 200,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel, Stoltman Brothers. @tomstoltmanofficial on Instagram is another way to keep up with Tom’s life and training. His channel is approaching 350k followers.
Tom has also filled many column inches in the online and printed press, featuring, not surprisingly The Scotsman. where Tom has sought to reach out to other young people dealing with special educational needs, calling his autism “just another additional hurdle we have to get over.”