“The only disability in life is a bad attitude”

Josh Goodfellow.
Josh Goodfellow.

A former national sprint champion is campaigning to raise awareness for disabled bodybuilding.

Twenty-year-old Josh Goodfellow swapped the track for the gym a year ago.

But despite lifting the weights and living the healthy lifestyle, Goodfellow believes there is no place where bodybuilders with disabilities can turn.

He is hoping to create some form of internet forum or blog, where like-minded people can share their experiences.

He has also written to both the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation and the British Natural Bodybuilding Federation, hoping to encourage them to become more pro-active.

But he has not ruled out creating a federation for disability bodybuilders in the future.

Pushing his message through Twitter, Goodfellow says he has been overwhelmed with the support shown by some of the sport’s top names, including current Mr Olympia Phil ‘The Gift’ Heath.

“I’ve spoken to people in the military who are victims of unfortunate circumstances,” Goodfellow said. “People who have limbs missing. They still want to train out and they’re behind this.”

But just as importantly, Goodfellow wants to attract more people to the sport.

He added: “There are people with disabilities, and able bodied people who think they can’t do this. I want to show people there aren’t boundaries, except the ones they put in front of themselves.

“You can push yourself every day, no matter who you are.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

Goodfellow has never been one to let his disability get in the way.

He was born with cerebral palsy, but took up athletics at a young age.

He was a four-time national champion over 200m and, in 2007, he was ranked fourth-fastest in the world in his T35 category.

After turning his attentions to the gym, he now works as a personal trainer at the town’s Workhouse Gym.

Anyone interested in learning more about Goodfellow’s campaign can contact him at jgoodfellowfitness@gmail.com