Maltese teacher wins European bodybuilding crown

A Maltese primary school teacher has won a top international bodybuilding prize.

Leanne Bartolo , 30, from Maghtab was awarded the gold medal at the European Championship of the World Fitness Federation.

The WFF, which promotes bodybuilding and sports modelling for both men and women, held its finals in Berlin.

Leanne told the Times of Malta: ‘Many of the other competitors were taller and far more built than me.

‘Maybe the judges took the charisma into consideration because all I did was plant a non-cheesy smile when I was on stage.’

As well as bodybuilding and her teaching career, Leanne also co-owns DanceDivas and runs Warehouse Fitness Studio in Gzira.

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