Student swaps books for weights to take fitness crown


A bodybuilder from Wentworth was crowned champion at a regional competition held in London, last Sunday.

Luke Hayes, 21, was awarded the top spot in the junior physique class at the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s London and South East Championships.

The 21-year-old’s victory, which came after weeks and months of gruelling gym work and strict dieting, qualifies him for the national championships, set to take place in October.

Mr Hayes trains at the Paradise Centre, in Ely, and has had a passion for fitness and weightlifting since he was 14.

He is currently finishing studying for a degree in physical education and coaching at Anglia Ruskin University and is making plans for a career in teaching PE or personal training.

He is a former student at Cambridge Regional College where he now teaches part time in the sports studies and uniform services department.

Mr Hayes said: “I would like to thank all my friends and family for coming to support me and I am looking forward to having a shot at the national title.”