Down man Herbie.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Down man Herbie. thumbnail Herbie Chiang has been named Mr UK after a magnificent win at the National Amateur Body-Builders’s Association finals.

ROSTREVOR'S Herbie Chiang is now Mr UK following his magnificent win at the National Amateur Bodybuilders' Association finals, which took place in Leeds.

At the young age of 59, Chiang finally got his hands on the Mr UK trophy, having previously missed out with a third and second finish.

Chiang, former owner of Re-Flex gym in Newry, trains at Elite Health in Lisburn and was delighted to have nailed one of NABBA's top prizes, but he was surprised to have won event.

"It feels great to get the title, as the way it works is you go and do your thing and then the top six are selected and they call out, sixth, fifth, fourth, third and at that stage I was still standing, but hadn't heard my name," said Chiang, formerly from Annalong.

"So there were two names left and I was about to step forward when they called the name of the other guy instead and then it took me split second to realise I had won.

"It felt great and it was nice to have my wife there too. It was a good weekend." It is a big trophy and the Rostrevor man was worried when he wasn't allowed to take it on board the plane.

"They charged me £40 extra to take the trophy home to put it in the luggage hold," said Chiang.

"I was worried they might break it and then we were at the luggage conveyor belt and when it didn't come I panicked.

"But I needn't have worried as I looked out and saw the airport staff walking across the runway, especially to take care of my trophy, so more power to Flybe."

It was the 30th show Chiang has competed in, which included Mr Northern Ireland and Mr Ireland wins and already he is thinking of his next event.

He has even committed to competing at the Mr Universe, which comes to Belfast in 2019.

"I have qualified for Mr Britain again which takes place in May and then Mr Universe in October," Chiang said.

"In 2019 Mr World takes place in Belfast and I already have been picked to represent Northern Ireland at that, so I am still competing with the best of them."


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