After high school he journeyed to Alberta to take up ranching in the Beiscker area. Always big for his age, Marshall grew even bigger and stronger as a rancher. In the early 1990’s he was diagnosed with Sherman’s Disease- Spinal problems. To strengthen his body, Marshall began to work out a lot more, not in the gym but in lifting, lugging and throwing everything from poles to machinery.
In 1994 he entered the Alberta Highland Games and won his first of five consecutive titles in the Heavy Events. In 1997 he was Alberta’s strongest man, Canadian Amateur Caber Tossing Champion and record holder for the truck pull (82 tons for 80 feet).
In 1999 this massive strongman at 6’3″ and 350 lbs. was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis limiting his participation even more. Fortunately he always took great interest in how the Highland Games and Strongman competitions were held from his beginnings in those sports.
Forming Goliath Events Enterprises, Marshall started hosting and promoting his own competitions, not just in Alberta, but soon across Canada, Ontario, Nova Scotia, into the United States, Europe and even Dubai in Saudi Arabia. He started the All Strength Challenge television series on the Outdoor Life Network which ran for seven years, serving as host, producer, equipment designer and builder. As a motivational speaker, especially to youth, he advocates the belief: “Strong in Body, Stronger in Mind. Be strong in whatever you do.” and “If your mind can conceive it and your spirit believes it, your body can do it.”
Marshall Ennis, a true builder, is a most deserving addition to the Sports Heritage Wall of Fame.