It’s all roads lead to Dublin for the McElhinney family from Iskaheen this weekend as dad Paul takes part in the 29th NABBA World Bodybuilding Championships.
The former Moville man and present Mr. Northern Ireland Class 3 bodybuilder, who works in Magee College in Derry, has linked up with SHINE (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Information, Networking, Equality) to raise money for the local charity.
This is the first time father-of-two Paul has qualified for the illustrious competition and hopes for a decent placing.
“I wasn’t well for a few weeks after winning the Mr. Northern Ireland event at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, but hopefully I can still come away with a top 10 placing. It’s great to be linked with a charity like SHINE and I hope we raise a bit of money for this worthwhile group.’’
Paul’s connection to the Spina Bifida charity comes through his connection with his work in Magee.
“The North West Eagles wheelchair basketball squad train at Magee and it was through Stephen McCrudden, their coach, that I became aware of SHINE. It’s a privilege to be able to help,’’ said the Muff man.
So, its south-bound on Saturday for Paul, wife Joanne and children Rory (4) and Aaron (1) and hopefully, a good result, and a fair bit of money for SHINE!
Inishowen councillor Martin Farren praised the success of the local dad, Paul and wished him “all the best” at the upcoming World Bodybuilding Championship.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, Colr Farren said he would like to “congratulate Paul” on becoming Mr. Northern Ireland.
“Paul deserves a big congratulations for firstly becoming Mr Northern Ireland and secondly getting a chance to compete in the World Bodybuilding Championship. It is a magnificent achievement.”
The Labour councillor added: “I have known Paul and his family for many years and I know they will be very proud of him.
“He has dedicated his life to bodybuilding and fitness and I have no doubt he will do extremely well in the competition. I wish him all the best and hopes he enjoys every minute of it.”