Pontefract bodybuilder aims to be Mr Universe

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Pontefract bodybuilder James Oldfield has been placed fifth in the Mr Universe competition.

The superfit 33-year-old, who only started competing just over a year ago, was placed fifth in his class at the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association (NABBA) competition in Southport last month.

Mr Oldfield competed against 15 other international bodybuilders and was placed fifth in his group – which meant he was the fifth best amateur bodybuilder in his class in the world.

He said: “I still can’t quite believe what I’ve achieved over the past three weeks, it’s been a blur.

“I’ve had to do demanding training sessions several times a day, every day and I have followed a strict eating regime to make my body develop into what you can see today.”

The competition followed a year of work and dedication which also paid off earlier in the month when he won the beginners Yorkshire Open Classic title and the overall championship in Castleford.

He then went to the Mr England championships in Birmingham where he came third, giving him a last-minute entry into the Mr Universe competition.

Mr Oldfield added:“I just want to thank everyone, my fiancée, Kayley and all my family and friends who have supported me over the last few weeks.

“They have supported me by going from competition to competition around the country.

“In particular I want to thank Stuart Smith, my mentor, and the guys at Fitness Base and muscletricks.com who have pushed me to achieve these results.

“I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Mr Oldfield has always been a keen fitness fanatic but decided to become a competitive bodybuilder a year ago after Stuart Smith, a former Mr Britain and owner of Fitness Base gym in Pontefract where Mr Oldfield trains, saw his potential.

Mr Universe, won four times by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is considered the biggest title in amateur bodybuilding.

Mr Oldfield said: “I now plan to take some time off and relax but I am planning on coming back to competition in 2016 when I am aiming to win the Mr Universe title.”