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The Universe Championships is the most prestigious bodybuilding event in the World.  It is a meeting of the best athletes from each country, coming together to compete with the best of the best, for the ultimate bodybuilding title.

The Universe Championships is the oldest running show in the history of body building.  Starting in 1949, it was known that year as ‘Health and Strength’.  From that small beginning, the Universe Championships have grown to be the ‘who’s who’ in the sport of Body Building. 

It is an honour in itself, to represent your country, competing at the Universe Championships. But it is the greatest honour, and the highest achievement attainable as a bodybuilder, to be a Universe Champion.  This is a title that puts you up in the running with the biggest names of bodybuilding history.  Many have attempted to win but few have succeeded.

Oscar Heidenstam was the facilitator of the Universe Championships. He had the ability to build a vision into an amazing event, and the foresight to steer the Universe Championships through many developments over a lifetime of dedication to the sport of BodyBuilding and specifically the Universe Championships. 1950 – 1990.

In 1983, Oscar Heidenstam asked a young man from Australia, Jose Lopez to formalise NABBA International, to insure the legend of the Universe Championships would remain as a true International Event.

Oscar Heidenstam placed the rights of the Universe Championships under the umbrella of NABBA International rules, to insure the future of the Championships would be protected and honored by people who valued the sport of bodybuilding with the same passion and vision as himself.

Traditionally the Universe Championships were held every year in England.  After the 2000 Universe, NABBA UK was under a cloud of alleged corrupt practice and left NABBA International to join the WFF.  This left NABBA International in a difficult position without an established NABBA UK to host the Universe, as was done in all past years. 

NABBA International saw fit to develop the Universe Championships into a roaming event that would now move around the globe.

With all the excellence, distinction and prestige of the Championships maintained, the world venue can only be another attribute to the strength of the Universe Championships.

So as this legend grows, introduced by the visionary excellence of Oscar Heidenstam, and keeping the flame alive through NABBA International, we can clearly see the legend living on, as legends in the making step onto the stage of the Universe Championships.

 

 

AMATEUR

 

Year

Physique Women

Country

1966

Elizabeth Lamb

England

1967

Kathleen Winstanley

England

1968

Silvia Hibbert

England

1969

Jean Galston

England

1970

Christine Zane

USA

1971

Linda Thomas

England

1972

Christine Charles

England

1973

Jean Galston

England

1974

Linda Cheesman

England

1975

Linda Cheesman

England

1976

Cindy Breakspear

Jamaica

1977

Bridget Gibbons

England

1978

Sandra Kong

Jamaica

1979

Karen Griffiths

N.Ireland

1980

Erika mes

Holland

1981

Jocelyn Pigeonneau

France

1982

Jocelyn pigeonneau

France

1983

Mary Scott

Scotland

1984

Mary Scott

Scotland

1985

Jocelyn Pigeonneau

France

1986

Monika Steiner

Germany

1987

Connie McClosky

USA

1988

Lisa Campbell

Australia

1989

Tatjana Scholl

Germany

1990

Monika Debatin

Germany

1991

Ute Geisel

Germany

1992

Bernadette Price

England

1993

Deborah Compton

Australia

1994

Kathy Butler-Corish

USA

1995

Kathy Butler-Corish

USA

1996

Billie Kaine

NewZealand

1997

Patricia Veldmann

Holland

1998

Julia Abel

England

1999

Giovana Rosa

Italy

2000

Olga Tukhonova

Belarus

2001

Petra Walk

Germany

2002

Josefa Sanchez Spain

2003

Antonia Carreras Spain

2004

Cornelia Brandt Germany

2005

Cornelia Brandt Germany

 

   

 

AMATEUR

 

Year

Physique Men

Country

1950

Steve Reeves

USA

1951

Reg Park

England

1952

Mohammed Nasr

Egypt

1953

Bill Pearl

USA

1954

Enrico Thomas

USA

1955

Micky Hargitay

USA

1956

Ray Schaefer

USA

1957

John lees

England

1958

Earl Clark

USA

1959

Len Sell

England

1960

Henry Downs

England

1961

Ray Routledge

USA

1962

Joe Abbenda

USA

1963

Tom Sansome

USA

1964

John Hewlett

England

1965

Elma Santiago

USA

1966

Chester Yorton

USA

1967

Arnold Schwazenager

Austria

1968

Dennis Tinerino

USA

1969

Boyer Coe

USA

1970

Frank Zane

USA

1971

Ken Waller

USA

1972

Elias Petsas

South Africa

1973

Chris Dickerson

USA

1974

Roy Duval

England

1975

Ian lawrence

Scotland

1976

Sieru Sugitae

Japan

1977

Bertil Fox

England

1978

Dave Johns

USA

1979

Ahmet Enunlu

Turkey

1980

Bill Richardson

England

1981

John Brown

USA

1982

John Brown

USA

1983

Jeff King

USA

1984

Brian Buchanan

England

1985

Tim Belknap

USA

1986

Charles Clairmont

England

1987

Basil Frances

England

1988

Victor Terra

USA

1989

Matt Dufresne

USA

1990

Peter Reid

England

1991

Reiner Gorbacht

Germany

1992

Mutsafa Mohammad

Austria

1993

Dennis Francis

England

1994

Nic van Beeck

South Africa

1995

Grant Clemesha

Australia

1996

Frederico Focherini

Italy

1997

Grant Thomas

England

1998

Gary Lister

England

1999

Franco Male

Italy

2000

Sergei Ogorodnikov

Russia

2001

Oliver Reinhaardt

Germany

2002

Francisco Mula

Spain

2003

Samuel Saviour

Spain

2004

David Grifith United Kingdom

2005

Andreas Frey Germany

 

   

 

  AMATEUR  
        Year Figure Women Country

1986

Heidi Thomas

England

1987

Sonia Walker

England

1988

Sarah Staunton

England

1989

Tracey Citrone

England

1990

Browny O’Brien

Australia

1991

Helen Manderson

England

1992

Anita Lawrence

Australia

1993

Susana Perez

Spain

1994

Susana Perez

Spain

1995

Susana Perez

Spain

1996

Pina Theodoridis

Australia

1997

Claudia Muhlhaus

Germany

1998

Pina Theodoridis

Australia

1999

Giovana Rosa

Italy

2000

Giovana Rosa

Italy

2001

Emi Perez

Spain

 2002

Lidia Mirapleix  

Spain

2003

Larysa Physhchepa

Ukraine

2004

Palona Parra Spain

2005

Margarita Bacharova Russia

 

   

 

AMATEUR

 

Year

Shape/Fitness Women

Country

2003

Tanja Waltermath  

2004

Natalia Bystrova Russia

2005

Lyen Wong Germany

 

   

 

AMATEUR

 

Year

Athletic Men

Country

   

2001

Stefano Bindella

Italy

2002

 

 

2003

Murat Demir Germany

2004

Sergey Syrchin Russia

2005

Jordi Mora Sanglas

Spain

 

   

 

PROFESSIONAL

 

Year

Physique Men

Country

1952

Juan Ferreo

Spain

1953

Arnold Dyson

England

1954

Jim Park

USA

1955

Leo Robert

Canada

1956

Jack Dellinger

USA

1957

Arthur Robin

France

1958

Reg Park

England

1959

Bruce Randel

USA

1960

Paul Wynter

Antiqua

1961

Bill Pearl

USA

1962

Len Sell

England

1963

Joe Abbenda

USA

1964

Earl Maynaed

USA

1965

Reg Park

England

1966

Paul Wynter

Antiqua

1967

Bill Pearl

USA

1968

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Austria

1969

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Austria

1970

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Austria

1971

Bill Pearl

USA

1972

Franke Zane

USA

1973

Boyer Coe

USA

1974

Chris Dickerson

USA

1975

Boyer Coe

USA

1976

Serge Nubert

France

1977

Tony Emmot

England

1978

Bertil Fox

England

1979

Bertil Fox

England

1980

Tony Pearson

USA

1981

Robbie Robbinson

USA

1982

Edward Kawak

France

1983

Edward Kawak

France

1984

Edward Kawak

Lebanon/G

1985

Edward Kawak

Lebanon/G

1986

Lance Dreher

USA

1987

Olaf Annus

Finland

1988

Charles Clairmonte

England

1989

Charles Clairmonte

England

1990

Charles Clairmonte

England

1991

Victor Terra

USA

1992

Peter Reid

England

1993

Edward Kawak

France

1994

Brian Buchanan

Australia

1995

Shaun Davis

England

1996

Eddi Ellwood

England

1997

Eddi Ellwood

England

1998

Eddi Ellwood

England

1999

Eddi Ellwood

England

2000

Eddi Ellwood

England

 

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