A Bridlington man who won second place in a national body-building competition now has his eyes on the another title.
Paul Stones, 50, of Tudor Close, secured a silver medal in the Masters over-50s category for the National Amateur Body-Builders Association UK Championships, after he was encouraged to take up body-building four years ago by staff at Universal Physique gym.
Paul said: “I have done weightlifting my whole life but I only started taking body-building seriously after Andy and the staff at the Universal Physique said I had the body to do it.
“I wasn’t even aware that this was a national competition!
“It was a shock and I thought it was a regional one - they began calling out all the other places and I didn’t expect to come second.”
Andy Pickering, owner of Universal Physique gym on Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate, said: “When Paul first came to the gym, he came to me for some advice.
“He had previously entered another competition where he didn’t do as well as he did in this national one - he wasn’t in the right category.
“It’s all about what nutrition you put in your body, so I helped him with his diet.
“I said he would be better entering the UK Championship in the Masters over-50 category, which is still a hard one to win.
“I’m really pleased, anything in the top six is a good achievement.”
Now Paul plans to enter the National Amateur Body-Builders Association’s British Finals in Southport next summer and aims to secure a place in the top three.
If successful, it means the doors will open for Paul to enter the Mr Universe championships.
Paul added: “I couldn’t have done it without Universal Physique.
“About 20 to 30 of my family and friends at the gym came to watch me and because body-building is usually a solitary sport, it was nice to have all that support behind me on the day.
“I’d like to thank them for all the support.”