He got interested in armwrestling, when he was 12 years old. Back then he lived in a small town, Powasan, in Ontario, Canada. Each year there was a winter fair there, where armwrestling contests wer held.
I fought each year and always wound up in the first three – recalls Ford, who will fight in the armfight #44 on 24th October. - A few years later my family moved to another close-by town, Trout Creek. There I made friends with a neighbor, who's uncle was an armwrestler. This was Neville Beachey. It was at Neville's house that I learned the basics of armwrestling and started competing all over north Ontario.