Sheffield grandad scoops Mr Universe title

Grandad Nigel Cox, with hisMr Universe his trophy andhis grandchildren Laila, four, and six-month-old Olly.
Grandad Nigel Cox, with hisMr Universe his trophy andhis grandchildren Laila, four, and six-month-old Olly.
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WITH bulging biceps and rock-hard pecs, Nigel Cox doesn’t look like your typical grandfather.

But the 51-year-old Sheffield bodybuilder has proven you’re never too old to achieve a boyhood dream by scooping the title of Mr Universe.

Nigel, of Norton, beat off stiff competition from around the world to be crowned the winner in the over-50s category at the National Amateur Body Builder’s Association contest.

Entrants were put through their paces by a team of judges in the day-long competition.

Nigel, who helps to train a new generation of bodybuilders at his local gym, said: “I’m really, really happy. The trophy’s massive.”

His first foray into the world of amateur bodybuilding was in 1984. Inspired by his hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nigel began competing in competitions across the UK.

The building company owner has had his sights set on the Mr Universe title for a number of years, but it was being crowned Mr Great Britain earlier this year which convinced him he could do it.

He said: “I came fifth last year and I knew then that it was my goal to win it. This is what I have wanted since I was a boy.

“It was tough, there were people from all over. The guy who came second to me was from Brazil.”

Nigel added: “I first got into it in my 20s. There are lots more young lads getting into it now.”

In the past Nigel, married to Jane, has been reluctant to give in to age, but after four years non-stop competing he now intends to take a well-earned year out.

He said: “I’m going to have a rest and help a few other lads who are competing.

“I went on holiday after the competition and I did relax a bit.

“But towards the end I was in the gym doing some light training with Jane!”