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Lee Andrew Priest (born 6 July 1972 in Newcastle, Australia) is a former International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) professional bodybuilder and a current National Amateur Body-Builders' Association (NABBA) professional athlete.
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Lee Priest grew up in Wallsend, Australia. Priest's mother was also a bodybuilding competitor, and posed with Priest onstage. Priest started training at the age of 12 with the help and support of his grandfather. He competed for the first time at the age of 13 and won. He went on to win numerous other competitions leading up to him winning the IFBB Mr. Australia at 16 17, 18, and 19. Priest competed at the World's Championship at 17, where he placed 4th. At 19 he again competed and won The Mr. Australia title, but was not allowed to get his pro card in Australia because of his young age. It was then Priest decided to enter an amateur competition, Niagara Falls Championships. While there, Priest was discovered and given his pro card. Priest became one of the youngest men ever to turn IFBB pro at the age of 20.
Priest competed successfully within the IFBB for 16 years. After falling shy of a notable championship, Priest set his sights on his most elusive opponent The Ironman Pro. After ten years of coming in 2nd or 3rd, 2006 proved Priest's year as the Ironman Pro.
In 2010, Priest was rumoured to compete at the NABBA Mr. Universe however this did not eventuate. He was invited by Paul Dillett to compete in the WBFF, but due to the lack of competition, he decided against competing.
Priest is also an avid racing enthusiast and champion race car driver. He started racing in 2002 with road-racing and circle track. Priest then progressed to drag racing in 2004. He won numerous races and titles in road and circle track. His most successful bid came within drag-racing. He won Rookie of the Year in 2005. The following year, 2006, he won the SCEDA Racing Championship in Lancaster, California.
Following a seven-year absence from competitive bodybuilding, Lee Priest returned in 2013 to compete in the NABBA Mr Universe where he won the overall title as an amateur. He then appeared as a special guest at the 2014 Universe Championships while he was on tour in the UK.
Priest is an outspoken atheist.
The Lee Priest Classic
In 2014 NABBA International announced plans to hold a professional bodybuilding competition in Sydney, Australia, in partnership with the World Fitness Federation (WFF) International. This will be the first NABBA professional event held in Australia since the 1990 NABBA World Championships held in Geelong, Victoria.
The Lee Priest Classic Australia 2015 was held on Sunday, 22 March 2015 at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney. The contest included both professional and amateur classes with overall male and female amateur class winners receiving a Pro Card from the World Fitness Federation.
A second Lee Priest Classic event was held in the UK in conjunction with Muscle Promotions UK and sanctioned by WFF International. The Lee Priest Classic UK was held on Sunday, 19 July 2015 at The Cresset, Peterborough. The event offered classes for both amateurs and professionals.
- Name: Lee Priest
- Location: Newcastle, Australia
- Born: 6 July 1972
- Height: 5'4" (1.63 m)
- Competition Weight: 196 - 205 lbs. (89 - 93 kg)
- Arms: 22 inches (56 cm) (recorded that he has over 24 inches biceps while off season)
- Chest: 58 inches
- Waist: 30 inches
- Quads: 30,5 inches
- 1986 school boys classic Sydney - 1st
- 1986 school boys Newcastle Hunter Valley - 1st
- 1986 school boys State Championships - 1st
- 1987 Dubbo Classic men's open - 3rd
- 1988 NSW state - 1st
- 1989 NSW state Titles - 1st place
- 1989 WPF Mr. Australia - 1st
- 1989 AAU Mr. Universe - 2nd
- 1989 NSW Hunter Valley Couples - 1st
- 1989 IFBB Australian Championships - 1st
- 1990 IFBB Australian Championships - 1st
- 1990 IFBB World Amateur Championships, Lightweight - 4th
- 1993 IFBB Niagara Falls Pro Invitational - 9th
- 1994 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic - 7th
- 1994 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 4th
- 1994 IFBB Night of Champions - 12th
- 1994 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational - 7th
- 1995 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic - 9th
- 1995 IFBB Florida Pro Invitational - 4th
- 1995 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 3rd
- 1995 IFBB South Beach Pro Invitational - 4th
- 1996 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 4th
- 1996 IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational - 6th
- 1997 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic - 7th
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Czech Republic - 5th
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix England - 6th
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Finland - 9th
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Germany - 3rd
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Hungary - 3rd
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Russia - 9th
- 1997 IFBB Grand Prix Spain - 3rd
- 1997 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 2nd
- 1997 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 6th
- 1998 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 7th
- 1999 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational - 6th
- 1999 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 8th
- 2000 IFBB Night of Champions - 5th
- 2000 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 6th
- 2001 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 7th
- 2002 IFBB Ironman Pro Invitational - 2nd
- 2002 IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic - 4th
- 2002 IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational - 1st
- 2002 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 6th
- 2003 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 15th
- 2004 IFBB Ironman Pro - 2nd
- 2004 IFBB San Francisco Pro Invitational - 2nd
- 2005 IFBB Grand Prix Australia - 1st
- 2005 IFBB Arnold Classic - 4th
- 2005 IFBB Iron Man Pro Invitational - 2nd
- 2006 IFBB Ironman Pro - 1st
- 2006 IFBB Arnold Classic - 6th
- 2006 IFBB Grand Prix Australia - 2nd
- 2006 NOC New York - 1st
- 2006 PDI Night of Champions - 1st
- 2013 NABBA Mr. Universe (1st)
- The Blonde Myth (1998)
- Another Blonde Myth (2001) - Footage leading up 2000 night of champions. "Home video footage" provides new look of Lee Priest. Includes his wedding, whole body work pits.
- Training Camp and Career Highlights - Showcasing the fabulous physique and career of Lee Priest, Australia's own Superman.
- It's Not Revenge (2006) - In the series Titans, Watch Bodybuilding Superstar Lee Priest train a few days out of competition in Austin.
- Reality DVD series (2006–2008) BodybuildersReality.com
- "Muscle Sport Magazine Lee Priest - Muscle Sport Magazine". Muscle Sport Magazine. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "Muscle Sport Magazine Winter 2015 - Muscle Sport Magazine". Muscle Sport Magazine. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- Lee Priest Facebook post "When will people learn forget the fairy tale of god."
- "Lee Priest Pro Bodybuilding Profile". Bodybuilding.com. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- Fordham, Ben (15 February 2014). "Australia's leading body builder says "roid rage" is a myth and the real problem is alcohol". The Daily Telegraph. The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "Mr Universe flexes muscles". Portadown Times. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2015.