Lee Priest grew up in Wallsend Australia. Priest's mom 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 17,18,19. 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, Niagra 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 16years. In 2010 Priest decided to switch to NABBA but due to the Mr.Universe contest not going ahead Priest had no contests to compete in, NABBA offered Priest an amateur status to compete but he declined. Priest was invited by Paul Dillet to compete in the WBFF, but due to the lack of competition, he decided against competing.
Priest has his own supplement company called Assassin Nutrition in Australia. The company decided the easiest way to reach the legion of fans Priest has garnered over his 20+ years in bodybuilding, was to sell online.
Priest is also a 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, nothing stood in his way and he won the Championship.
Priest has also done some TV and movie work. He did all the bodywork for The Hulk Movie and also for the video game. He recently appeared in a local Australian TV series (Rescue Special Ops) and will have a brief role in an upcoming Australian movie. Priest is currently working on a few more TV and print projects, going beyond his reputation as a bodybuilder.
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The Lee Priest Classic
In 2014 NABBA International held a professional bodybuilding competition in Sydney, Australia, in partnership with the World Fitness Federation (WFF) International. 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.