Teenager weight lifts his way to world title
WHILE his peers munched their way through a summer of junk food, Fergus McMullan has shown remarkable willpower in his quest for the body beautiful.
And he may be just 15 years of age but Fergus, from Holywood, Co Down, is already proving he's made of strong stuff.
The teenager took part in the 2015 NIFMA Mr & Miss Bikini Swimwear Ireland Fitness Model Championshipson Sunday and was crowned Mr Physique Under 16 and second in Mr Athletic Under 16.
Fergus’s coach, Cathy McAleer, the present world karate champion and European champion, praised the 15-year-old's determination.
"Fergus has trained extremely hard for the past 10 weeks, most days doing a 6am run, a mid afternoon bodyweight session and thoroughly deserves his titles," Ms McAleer said.
"Fergus has shown great determination and stamina, but is especially to be praised for his dedication to his diet over the summer holidays, while school mates eat ice cream and chocolate.
"On days his friends were going out, Fergus could be found in the gym or running up and down Redburn hills to build up his leg muscles.
"Fergus’ attitude to training is second to none and most of the adults I have trained have not shown the same commitment and dedication.”
The teenager is delighted with his wins and is now setting his sights on the next competition.
Fergus said he had "enjoyed the intense training and learnt a lot" from Ms McAleer's coaching.
"I am looking forward to new season in Karate and I feel fittest and strongest I have ever done."
His next goal is to win an Irish title in the Irish Open next month in Carlow.