WHEN he started bodybuilding, Tony Davison simply no longer wanted to be skinny.
But now the Morpeth resident is looking forward to showing off his muscles on the world stage this weekend.
The 49-year-old is part of the Great Britain team taking part in the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (IBFA) World Championships in Rome.
He earned his place through a strong performance in a qualifier at Bedlington in the summer — on the same weekend in the same venue he was the Novice section winner of the Mr Northumberland contest.
Tony will fly out to Italy tomorrow and will compete in the lightweight category on Sunday afternoon.
“I used to be very skinny and I was only 9st 2lbs when I got married, so I started weightlifting and bodybuilding to get bigger muscles,” he said.
“In 1999 I entered my first competition, a Mr Durham event, and won and things developed from there.
“I’m very excited about taking part in the IBFA World Championships. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be representing Great Britain and everything out there from the arena to the hotel accommodation is first class.
“The category I’m competing in suits me down to the ground and even though the standard is very high, hopefully I will be able to get on the podium.”
The Kirkhill resident, who is Manufacturing Manager at Coca Cola’s Schweppes Abbey Well site in Morpeth, will have 10 family and friends supporting him in Rome.
He said: “My wife, Catherine, and three children have given me fantastic support in competitions and I must thank my training partner Paul Jordan as he has been a massive help to get me where I am today.
“My bosses at work have also been great as I have a schedule that gives me the time I need for training.
“The biggest factor in being successful at bodybuilding is nutrition and what you eat because you need a physique with the minimum amount of fat possible.”