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Bodybuilding high school teacher to ‘achieve his dream’ at world championships


Nov 18, 2023

A bodybuilding high school teacher is about to achieve his dreams.

Stevie Burke has a lot to fit into his busy schedule. He teaches PE and Business Studies at Litherland High and runs his own independent special educational school, Sendscope, in Woolton.

He has also been a bodybuilder for 18 years balancing life in the classroom with workouts in the gym. Stevie says the two go hand in hand, and the 36-year-old was recently selected for Team GB to compete in the World Body Building Championships in Seattle.

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Stevie told the ECHO: “I have been a teacher for 14 years and the kids are amazing they are my inspiration. They are always asking about my next competition. Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

“The kids and staff are so supportive I could not do what I want to do without the people around me. The fact that I can still teach and go to the World Championships is priceless.”

Stevie from Litherland, first came into contact with bodybuilding when he was 19. He wanted to build up strength and give himself an edge on the football pitch but ended up swapping boots for dumbbells.

Stevie Burke, from Litherland, has been selected for Team GB to compete in the World Body Building Championships in Seattle

Stevie said: “I wanted to get stronger and found the Hornby Boulevard Gym in Bootle. I told them I wanted to enter a competition. I was trained by Col Matterson who owns the gym. Three months later I entered and won. I was hooked from that moment.”

The World Championships take place today with teams from around the world competing in the tournament. It is a supernatural event meaning that all competitors have to be drug tested and are not allowed to take performance-enhancing substances.

Stevie said: “I did a competition in Birmingham earlier in the year and as a result of that I was asked to join Team GB… To represent Great Britain in any capacity is an honour.

“But to be a lad from a council estate in Liverpool to step out on the biggest natural bodybuilding stage of all with the best athletes has not sunk in. As long as I have my trunks and oil, I’ll be alright.

“I will be happy with anything I receive on the day even if I come dead last. I will shake everyone's hand and walk off stage with my head held high… A little lad from a council estate is about to achieve his dreams.”

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