THE north east region has a bright young sports star in the making in the shape of 21-year-old amateur bodybuilder Darren Knott.
Darren, who only turned 21 in April, has won the National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA) Junior Under-21 regional title at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall.
The competition was strong, but the former Cramlington Learning Village student stuck to his task and beat the other six competitors in his category to secure a place in the national finals.
Darren, from Whitley Bay, said: “I am very happy to have managed to reach the nationals because the north east competition is one of the harder areas to compete in.
“Usually people who do well in the north go on to do well nationally, and that’s what I’m aiming to do.
“I have hopes of a top six finish and this is my main priority because if I can finish in the top six I will automatically be invited to compete at universe level.”
The NABBA national final in the under-21 category is at Southport on June 2, where the top three from each of the nine regional areas across the UK will go up against each other.
Darren’s father, also Darren, said: “I am absolutely over the moon at what he’s done in such a short space of time, and he is in good shape with time on his hands to get some more definition.
“We are just taking it one step at a time, but with his legs being so good, it’s a good basis to build on.
“On a good day, if everything goes to plan, I think he will finish in at least the top three.
Darren, pictured, said he has his eyes set on a long future within the sport and hopes to get some sponsorship and recognition to allow him to compete on a regular basis.