November 2011

For immediate reIease

Student bodybuiIder competes Stateside

A Leeds Metropolitan University student is hoping to be crowned the Natural
Bodybuilder World Champion in New York this month.

John Heaton, a mature student on the BSc (Hons) Sports Performance
degree course at Leeds Metropolitan and Wakefield-based personal trainer,
won the World Light Heavyweight Title in Barcelona last year and will now
travel to America to take part in the Ìnternational Natural Bodybuilding and
Fitness Federation (ÌNBF) World Championships on Saturday 12 November.

Thirty-nine-year-old John became involved in bodybuilding in 2004 when a
personal training client entered a figure contest. He decided to enter the
novice physique competition to be able to diet and prepare with his client.
Previously an amateur rugby player, John was forced to retire from the sport
due to an injury and was drawn to natural bodybuilding as a drug-free sport.

John commented: "Some of my competitors have been competing since they
were juniors so Ì am still a relative newcomer to the sport. To have won two
British Titles and a World Title in this time has made me especially proud. Ìf Ì
can add a second World Title to my resume, it will be amazing. Ìt is tough
juggling a full time job, full time degree and three small children so time
management is very important to me!

"The drug-free route was never an issue to me as Ì have never been tempted
to try the chemical assistance methods available due to the health risks and
the example it sets to my children. There are no shortcuts to success in life
and with discipline, hard work and resilience anything can be achieved."
John won the Natural Physique Association (NPA) Novice British Title in 2004
and went on to win the heavyweight British Title in 2006 and the Mike
Williams Classic Pro-Am title in 2010.

John only competes within Natural Bodybuilding federations, where
participants are drug tested, including urine analysis and polygraph (lie
detector) tests.


For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite in the News and Media
team at Leeds Met on 0113 812 3022 or email

Notes for editors:

O Leeds Metropolitan University has 30,000 students and 3, 000 staff.
O The University has achieved its best ever Research Assessment
Exercise results. Sports-Related Studies is in the top 6 institutions in
the country with research rated at the highest levels of 4* and 3*.
O Leeds Met has been rated the top university in the UK for its language
support, accommodation quality and learning spaces in the 2010
Autumn Wave of the Ìnternational Student Barometer and sixth in the
world for the quality of its lectures.
O The University's award-winning learning environments include
Broadcasting Place, voted the best tall building in the world in 2010 by
the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
(CTBUH) and also winner of the 2010 Leeds Architecture Awards New
Building category, the iconic Rose Bowl building, awarded Best
Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property
Awards and the pioneering Carnegie Village student accommodation.
O Leeds Metropolitan is one of only a handful of UK universities to have
been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.