Bodybuilders set for national finals

Tony Ellett
Tony Ellett

A BODYBUILDER is getting set to compete against the best in Britain after sealing victory in a major competition.

Tony Ellett is celebrating after being crowned the National Amateur Bodybuilders’ Association Class One Champion – despite it being his first competition in more than two years.

SCULPTED: From left, Martin Sarnacki, Joy Pilkington, Tony Ellett, Paula Harrow and Luke Howard

SCULPTED: From left, Martin Sarnacki, Joy Pilkington, Tony Ellett, Paula Harrow and Luke Howard

The 33-year-old beat the challenge of five other hopefuls in his category at the contest, which was held at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, Hartlepool, and was also awarded the prize of overall winner on the day – beating the winners of the other classes.

He now has just four weeks to prepare for the Mr Britain contest to be held in Southport, Merseyside.

Tony, a dad of two-year-old Curtis, who lives in Hart Station, in Hartlepool, said: “I am really pleased with how it went at the weekend.

“I won my first competition two years ago, but since then I haven’t competed at all, I wanted to make sure I was in the best possible condition.

“I knew I was in good shape going in to the competition, but I didn’t really have any idea as to how I was going to do, I just went knowing that I was going to give it my best shot.”

The fantastic result at the weekend comes at the end of months of extremely hard work for Tony.

As well as working five days a week for Network Rail, in Darlington, Tony trains every day and also has to maintain a disciplined diet consisting of four meals of chicken and rice daily.

Dedicated Tony trains at Ellwood Fitness World, in Park View Road West, Hartlepool, under the watchful eye of five-time Mr Universe Eddy Ellwood.

His performance capped off a fantastic day for the gym.

Steve Wright, who has featured in the Mail in the past, won the class four category and qualified for the Mr Britain competition.

Tony and Steve will be joined in Southport by Jeff Bentham, who won the first timers competition, and Aidan Jackson, who finished third in the novices competition.

Paula Harrow, Joy Pilkington and Nikki Bentham were also celebrating after qualifying from the Miss Tone Figure contest.

Budding 16-year-old Dyke House School student Luke Howard also impressed after getting through to the national teenage finals.

Gym owner Eddy told the Mail: “It was a great day for us, we had a lot of fantastic performances.

“Now it is about focusing again on the national competition at the end of the month.

“Tony knows what he has to do, stay strict with his diet and continue to work as hard as he has been.”