A NURSERY manager from Workington has burst onto the world bodybuilding stage after bringing home three prestigious awards in her first ever competition.

Kiana McCarron, 24, from Workington took to the stage at the PCA First Timers 2023 bodybuilding competition last Sunday, November 12.

At the competition in Hull, Kiana won the Ladies Toned Figure Category and then went on to compete for the overall sword and won that too, making her the overall ladies winner of the competition.

"I was and still am lost for words," the first time champion said. "I honestly can’t believe I have achieved this accomplishment after my first ever bodybuilding competition."

Times and Star: Kiana celebrates with fiancé Karl Gorman after her wins.Kiana celebrates with fiancé Karl Gorman after her wins. (Image: Supplied)

She then went on to compete in the second competition of the day in the UK open contest, which was against ladies who have competed for years.

Kiana said: "I managed to take third place which was a great achievement for me. I didn’t expect to do so well in an open category considering this was my second time on stage."

She was inspired to start bodybuilding after going to Ted's Gym in Workington, which has grown famous for producing a number of successful champions over many years.

Kiana said: "I have trained in Ted’s Gym for six years which is an amazing gym and I couldn’t have accomplished this without the fantastic support network from the gym.

"I have always aspired to step onto the stage from training in Ted’s. I joined a team called Team DW which specifies in female bodybuilding preps in May 2023.

"From then on, I have been on an intense prep which included strict guidelines to food, following a regimented training plan and completing numerous cardio sessions.

“I would like to show a huge appreciation to my partner Karl for endlessly supporting me and inspiring me to be determined and succeed. I couldn’t have done it without him.

"Also a special thanks to my coach Dan Welburn for providing the knowledge, guidance and support to believe in myself. Finally, I’d like to thank my amazing friends and family who all came along to Hull to support me.

"I couldn’t have achieved this without them all, I will be forever grateful.”

Times and Star: Kiana with her trophy collection after her first competition.Kiana with her trophy collection after her first competition. (Image: Supplied)

The competition may have been the first for the nursery manager, but it certainly won't be the last as she heads to Malaga this weekend to compete in the World Championships, and looks ahead to a bright future in the sport.

She said: "The feeling of all the hard work I have put in day in day out has all been worth the results I have achieved. I have fallen in love with this sport and I am so excited to see what the future holds for me in the bodybuilding industry. This is only just the beginning.

Times and Star: Kiana was supported by many friends and family on the day.Kiana was supported by many friends and family on the day. (Image: Supplied)

"I have plans to compete in the World Championships this upcoming weekend which is held in Malaga, Spain. This is an invite-only competition which I secured from my first two shows.

"I will be competing against athletes from all over the world which will sure be a surreal experience for me and I am so excited for this."