A RUABON man has been crowned ‘Mr Wales’ at a national bodybuilding championship.
Chris Bailey, 26, won the title at the NABBA Mr Wales show on May 10.
His bodybuilding coach, James ‘Tricep’ Towey, 33, of Borras Park, said: “During 2011 and 2012 Chris won the Mr Cheshire show and the Mr Staffordshire, taking overall titles in both.
“He then went on to the Mr Universe competition and finished in the top 10. Chris took 2013 off from competition to build his physique.”
Mr Bailey's hard work paid off and he has won a slew of competitions this month.
Mr Towey, who has been a bodybuilding coach for three years after setting up his Tricep Academy in Wrexham, also secured sponsorship from SImply Gym and Nando’s.
He said: “On May 3, Chris competed at the IFBA Championships in Bolton and won the heavyweight class and the overalls.
“The next day he competed at the Atlas Championships in Milton Keynes and again won his class and the overalls. A week later and Chris was competing in the NABBA Mr Wales, a show that nobody from our home town of Wrexham had ever come close to winning previously.”
Mr Towey described the feat as “unheard of”, and congratulated Mr Bailey on winning three national competitions in seven days.
He said: “This Mr Wales title means everything to us. So many local bodybuilders have tried to bring this trophy to Wrexham before over the last 40 years and have fallen short.
“Not only have we made Wrexham bodybuilding fans proud but have made history at the same time.
“Chris is the most successful, talented and decorated bodybuilder Wrexham has ever produced and is proud to finally put Wrexham on the bodybuilding map.”
Mr Bailey will be competing in a number of shows in September and is looking to become a professional bodybuilder in the future.