Bridlington man to represent Great Britain at bodybuilding finals

Andrew Pickering (right) who will be competing in the NABBA World Championships in Malta
Andrew Pickering (right) who will be competing in the NABBA World Championships in Malta

A Bridlington man is to represent Great Britain in the bodybuilding world championships in Malta after being named the second best bodybuilder in the country.

Andrew Pickering, 30, owner of Universal Physique in Bridlington, travelled down to Southport for the NABBA Britain Finals on Saturday where he finished as the runner up out of 15 participants, beating two former professionals in the process.

Leanne Dobson

Leanne Dobson

Andy will now compete in the National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association (NABBA) World Championships in Malta on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June in the hope of becoming world champion.

Andy said: “My target going into the finals was to try and get into the top six as they are all placed finishes in bodybuilding.

“I was delighted to find out I had smashed my target.”

There was more good news for Andy when the judges picked him for the World Championships in Malta after they were particularly impressed with his conditioning and compactness, leaving him to up his training in order to be in the best shape.

Jonathan Bibb

Jonathan Bibb

He said: “I was not planning for Malta at all as I did not expect to have got this far.

“I am now training seven days a week so I am ready. I am going consume a load of carbs and stop my water intake to be able to fill my muscles out for a more ribbed look.

“There will be around 25 people in my category so the competition is going to be so tough that I need to be in peak condition. Bodybuilding is not like any other sport, it is your whole life.

“You need to set alarms for each meal. I am really looking forward to it though. The support I have received is overwhelming.

Chris Pickering

Chris Pickering

“I am usually the guy who helps other people out with my job, which I enjoy doing, but it is very emotional to think there are so many people cheering me on.

“I would like to thank all my friends and family including my grandma and grandad who came down to Southport for the Britain Finals.”

Andy will fly out to Malta on Monday ahead of the World Championships which he hopes to achieve a top six finish. Andy’s triumph adds to the recent success stories from the Universal Physique gym, on Pinfold Lane.

Andrew’s brother Chris Pickering got the top prize in the first timers class at the Hull Show after only six weeks of preparation.

In the BBUK Championships Leanne Dodson beat off the competition to come first place in the trained figure category while Jonathan Bibb earned second at the Masters over 40s category.

Andy said: “I am so pleased that members from the gym are being rewarded for their efforts.

“It is an exciting time for Universal as we are looking on extending the premises in the near future.

“I am a believer that you can have as many certificates as you like but the proof is in the pudding. People are getting the results in the gym and it is absolutely great.”