A DALTON bodybuilder has been crowned world champion.
Nigel Davis, 40, is the first Briton to win the accolade, clinching the title in New York last month and walking away with $6,000.
The semi-professional athlete trains four times a week at Top Bodies gym in St John's Road, Huddersfield.
He said he was delighted at reaching the pinnacle of his sport.
"I'm the first Brit to win the world championships! The whole national team did very well, mind. "
Nigel has come second in the world twice, but this time around ensured he led the British team to victory at the World Natural Body-building Federation World Championships.
Nigel has consistently been in the top 10 in the world in recent years, was voted Natural Mr International in 1997, came third in the world natural championships in 1998 and second in both 2000 and 2002.
He took up the discipline more than 15 years ago when forced to give up rugby through a shoulder injury.
Nigel competes in the lightweight class and, incredibly, weighs under 12 stone.
He works for the AH Marks Chemical firm at Wyke.
Natural body-building is stringently controlled to ensure none of the competitors are taking steroids or muscle-enhancing drugs.
"Most of the competitors are about 40," he said. "Competitors tend to be older in natural bodybuilding. You get muscle maturation and muscle where you want it."