World cham­pi­onship joy for body­builder Matt

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AN am­a­teur body­builder has been ranked among the top 10 in the world – at just his sec­ond ever show.

The Ad­ver­tiser re­ported how Matt Bowd, from Chad­der­ton, was named Bri­tish cham­pion after the NAC-UK Opens last month.

He went on to rep­re­sent GB at the world cham­pi­onships in Ham­burg and came away a re­spectable sev­enth in the Mr Ath­letic cat­e­gory.

The 28-year-old, who works as a per­sonal trainer at Ab­so­lu­tion Gym, in Stock­field Mill, Chad­der- ton, and runs his own fit­ness company Elite Mil­i­tary Fit­ness, said: “I’m over the moon. To be con­sid­ered one of the top ten in the world for my class is un­be­liev­able. Ev­ery­one is re­ally proud of me.

“Just to com­pete is an achieve­ment on its own but to rank so highly at my sec­ond ever show is crazy.”

The fa­ther of six took to the stage in Ger­many with 50 other com­peti­tors from across the globe who were all try­ing to im­press judges.

Matt added: “I was a lot more re­laxed this time but the at­mos­phere was huge.

“I was called up for com­par­isons three times which was a lit­tle nerve- wrack­ing. I just feel so proud to be among the world’s best in what I do.

“It’s such a big pro­fes­sional show and there were lots of TV crews and peo­ple stop­ping me to take my pic­ture – I felt like a celebrity.”

And Matt should get used to be­ing in the lime­light as he makes ap­pear­ances on Corona­tion Street as new gym in­struc­tor, Go­liath.

Matt has filmed around 15 episodes which will air over the com­ing weeks.

Now back in the UK Matt will con­tinue train­ing and hopes to de­fend his Bri­tish ti­tle next year.

He added: “The support I’ve had has been amaz­ing. Es­pe­cially from ev­ery- one at Ab­so­lu­tion and our sis­ter gym Fit Bodz.

“Peo­ple have been com­ing up to the gym to see me and many have said it’s great to see Chad­der­ton on the map. It’s re­ally given the com­mu­nity a sense of pride.”

Follow his progress at mat­tbowd_­train2be on In­sta­gram.

Gary Louth

●● Body­builder Matt Bowd

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