One of Åland's largest export items, physically speaking, powerlifter Kenta Sandvik, now adorns an Åland stamp for the first time. Photographer Daniel Eriksson tagged along to the gym, Kenta's home turf.
About 20 years ago, Kenneth "Kenta" Sandvik first slunk into the gym behind a friend who was more comfortable in the gym. Today, he competes in 8 to 10 competitions every year. He has seven world and six European championship medals on his shelf and has a place in the International Powerlifting Federations Hall of Fame.
"I began to compete to stay motivated. And I aimed at not always ending up last," Kenta Sandvik says.
He has now been competing since 2001. At close to 40, he sees no reason to scale down or put down his barbells.
"I still find it stimulating and I enjoy the strong sense of fellowship in our club. The only thing that could make me want to quit is if I hurt myself or lose the incentive."
For the sake of the anecdote, it is necessary to add that Kenta Sandvik works for Åland Post.