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Bodybuildi­ng champ at 80

Workouts helped ease money woes

- REUTERS SYDNEY

Almost 80, Ray Moon has overcome polio, open-heart surgery, prostate problems and financial ruin to become an Australian bodybuildi­ng champion.

With rippling, head-turning muscles and the stamina of a much younger man, Moon was crowned champion in the “over 60s” category of a national amateur bodybuildi­ng competitio­n on Sunday.

“I usually go in the “over 70s” but they cut it out, so I was up against younger men,” Moon told Reuters by phone.

The former millionair­e restaurant­eur started training some five years ago to “sort out his troubled mind” after his business collapsed.

“I was unfortunat­e enough to hit a fi- nancial hurdle and it left me with no money so I needed something to get my head together,” he said. “So I started working out with the owner of the gym who was a former Mr. Universe.”

Moon, who turns 80 this year, follows a strict diet and training regime. “I train five days a week, two hours on exercises and cardio and I also walk three or four kilometres a day on the treadmill,” he said. “I’m on a high-protein diet,” he added. Moon said he hopes he has inspired elderly people to become more active. And his advice is simple:

“I’ve always had a positive attitude well before I went broke, but it certainly helps when you’ve got no money and you’ve got to start again — it makes a big difference,” he said.

“Give-up never won a race!”

 ?? Reuters photo: Mick Tsikas ?? Bodybuilde­r Ray Moon, who is turning 80 this year, won the Victorian Bodybuildi­ng Championsh­ips in Melbourne Sunday.
Reuters photo: Mick Tsikas Bodybuilde­r Ray Moon, who is turning 80 this year, won the Victorian Bodybuildi­ng Championsh­ips in Melbourne Sunday.

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