CrossFit devo­tee bound for Thai con­test

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham bodybuilding sen­sa­tion Nathaniel Smiler is set to con­tinue his me­te­oric rise in the sport this week­end, as he jets off to Phuket in Thai­land for the ICN South­ern Uni­verse Pro Cham­pi­onships.

The 24-year-old CrossFit en­thu­si­ast, who en­tered the bodybuilding scene with a win­ning per­for­mance at the ICN WA Perth Clas­sic in May, se­cured his place in Phuket af­ter win­ning at ICN Na­tion­als in Syd­ney ear­lier this month.

Speak­ing to the Tele­graph be­fore fly­ing out, Smiler said he never ex­pected he would get his pro­fes­sional card and be com­pet­ing on the big­gest stage.

“I never thought I’d be in lit­tle shorts per­form­ing on stage let alone go­ing to Thai­land for it,” Smiler joked.

“Ev­ery­thing has just hap­pened so fast.”

Smiler said he had con­tin­ued to use his CrossFit train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the big event and was keep­ing his hopes high af­ter a roller­coaster jour­ney so far.

“I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately — win­ning WA’s re­gional and get­ting my pro card and win­ning na­tion­als — so I guess the next step is to have a crack at win­ning worlds,” Smiler said.

How­ever, the tal­ented ath­lete knows the com­pe­ti­tion will be harder than ever.

“There are guys who have been train­ing for years try­ing to get their pro card,” he said.

“I don’t ex­pect to see any­thing less than the best in the world.”

The South­ern Uni­verse Pro Cham­pi­onships will fea­ture some of the world’s best nat­u­ral body­builders, with Smiler set to com­pete on Satur­day.

To sup­port him in the next stage of his fit­ness jour­ney, visit go­fundme.com/Get-Nate-toWorld-Cham­pi­onship.

Pic­ture: Carl Hensel

Nathaniel Smiler

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