Professional weightlifter Rob Kearney celebrated his first place win at the 2019 Arnold Pro Strongman contest in Australia by tying the knot with his longtime boyfriend, Joey Aleixo.
Kearney won the Strongman qualifier event on Saturday, earning him entry into the 2020 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship, co-founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Kearney married Aleixo, also an athlete, on Sunday at Half Moon Beach, south of Melbourne. The couple wore matching outfits ― crisp, white button-up shirts, navy shorts and tan boat shoes ― during a bright day over clear ocean waters, with Kearney sporting his trademark Mohawk.
Schwarzenegger, an actor, former California governor and bodybuilding legend, was one of the few people who knew of Kearney’s nuptials.
Kearney, already an established professional strongman, came out as a gay man to the bodybuilding world in 2014. In October of that year,
At the time, he was the second strongest middleweight champion in the world and the first openly gay man to compete professionally in Strongmen competitions at an international level.
Kearney is one of three athletes in the world who have qualified to compete for the world title at the annual Strongman World Championship in Columbus, Ohio, in 2020.