Hastings talent triumphs at Southern Championships

Gabriella Beckett proudly displays her medal at the UKUP Southern Championships
Gabriella Beckett proudly displays her medal at the UKUP Southern Championships

A bodybuilder from Hastings was victorious at a show in Sevenoaks.

Gabriella Beckett placed first in the junior category at the UKUP (UK Ultimate Physiques) Southern Championships.

The 21-year-old, who was also born in Hastings, has thereby earned the right to compete in the UKUP British Finals in York in late October.

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Gabriella has always been into fitness, and did football, netball and running when she was younger. She had an idea of wanting to compete on stage at a very young age when she did work experience at a local gym in Hastings.

Gabriella has now been training in the gym for three years and has been doing bodybuilding for two. She has also created a business as a personal trainer - Body By Beckett - and has been personal training and doing bootcamps for two years.

She said: “When I was younger, I always wanted to become a personal trainer. Helping others is a passion of mine and helping people on their weight loss journey is the best feeling.”