New mum Cerys is still a bikini cham­pion

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LOTTE DOB­SON

AFITNESS- MAD mum has de­fended her Bri­tish bikini cham­pion ti­tle just six months af­ter giv­ing birth to her ‘mir­a­cle baby’.

Cerys Dawes, 25, man­aged to jug­gle nurs­ing her young baby boy, Ro­man, while train­ing for her big re­turn to the stage as a bikini com­peti­tor.

The Mid­dle­ton mum first got the buzz for bikini com­pe­ti­tions when she started train­ing in the gym with her body builder part­ner Dave Fin­ni­gan in 2015.

Sim­i­lar to body-build­ing, the ‘bikini’ cat­e­gory mer­its com­peti­tors based on their mus­cle­tone, curves and over­all ‘beach body’ type.

Cerys was a nat­u­ral and found that by stick­ing to strict train­ing plan and diet of six meals a day, she rapidly started to build mus­cle.

She won her first Bri­tish bikini ti­tle in Novem­ber 2015 af­ter whit­tling her­self down from a size 14-16 to a lean size 6-8.

But soon af­ter her win, Cerys, who had been told as a teen she would strug­gle to con­ceive, dis­cov­ered she was preg­nant.

Bikini com­pe­ti­tions were put on hold and in October 2016, Cerys and Dave wel­comed a healthy baby boy, Ro­man Fin­ni­gan, into the world.

“I was ab­so­lutely gob­s­macked when I found out I was preg­nant,” she said.

“I’d had a num­ber of ab­dom­i­nal prob­lems since I was 16 and was told I could prob­a­bly never have chil­dren.

“It might have been be­cause I was so fit and healthy from train­ing that I fell preg­nant. It was a mir­a­cle.”

Still keen to keep in shape, Cerys eased her­self back into train­ing and within six months had snapped back into com­peti­ti­ion- win­ning form.

Cerys en­tered the NAC com­pe­ti­tion to boost her own con­fi­dence, but to her shock she im­pressed the judges once again, and won her cat­e­gory.

She said: “I was ab­so­lutely huge when I was preg­nant. I looked like I was hav­ing twins.

“I re­laxed for about six weeks af­ter giv­ing birth and then eased my­self in by train­ing on the bike for 30 min­utes to an hour a day.

“I didn’t start train­ing again be­cause I felt un­der pressure to lose weight. I wanted to start train­ing again for my­self and to show that it can be done.

“I am a big be­liever that if you put your mind to some­thing, you can do any­thing.

“For some mums, their out­let is go­ing out with their friends at the week­end.

“For me, it’s hav­ing an hour to my­self in the gym in the evening. I just never imag­ined I would go back and win again.

“I gen­uinely feel like I am a bet­ter, more well­rounded mother for do­ing it.”

Cerys, a nurs­ery as­sis­tant, is hop­ing to de­fend her ti­tle again in Novem­ber later this year but for now will be fo­cussing on fam­ily time.

Cerys back on win­ning form baby Ro­man and part­ner Dave

Cerys back on win­ning form

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