MEMBERS of the Royal Navy are renowned for being at the height of physical fitness.
Now, one Private from HMS Sultan, Gosport, will show his physical attributes on a national stage.
Private Gokul Gurung, a member of the Military Provost Guard Service, is to compete in a bodybuilding tournament, in Farnborough, on Sunday, July 19.
Gokul will take his place in this year’s UK Nepal Federation of Body Building and Fitness event, which sees people from the Nepalese community living in the UK compete for the title.
The HMS Sultan-based Gurkha will compete in the over-40s division, hoping to make his peers proud by bringing the crown back to the base.
The self-confessed fitness fanatic spent 22 years as a physical training instructor, serving all over the world within the Royal Gurkha Rifles second battalion.
He found his passion for bodybuilding during his time in the battalion, and has been competing in contests up and down the country for several years.
Gokul said: ‘I have worked hard in preparing for the event and I hope to finish in at least the top three.’
Gokul has been training hard in preparation for the competition, working out for an hour and a half each day at the gym, six days a week, putting him in the best shape he has ever been and confident of finishing strong in the competition.
The Private has said he would not have been able to put in the hours at the gym if it was not for the encouragement from his colleagues at HMS Sultan.
Gokul, who is proud of his Nepalese background, believes the contest is great for the Nepalese community and is a great way to promote healthy living and fitness to people around the UK.
The competition, now in its fourth year, has gone from strength to strength.
In 2013, it introduced the concept of Mr UK Nepal, and this is something that Gokul is aspiring to in future competitions.
‘I really want to win the trophy. Winning would make all my colleagues at HMS Sultan proud,’ he said.
‘Without them I would not be prepared.’