Paul Byrne – NABBA Mr. Ireland President

From a competing background coveting such titles as Mr. Ireland and Titan UK Paul has a 24 year background in competing at national and international level. From
there he has built bodybuilding and fitness events from the ground to the success they are today in Ireland. As the President of NABBA Ireland (National Amateur Bodybuilding Association) he has built a reputation as running the best shows taking the Mr. Ireland event to a sold out capacity level show over the last 15 years with over 130 competitors per event. In 2016 Paul was made President of the Professional division of NABBA Worldwide.

About NABBA (National Amateur Bodybuilding Association)

Is an organisation founded in 1950 to promote bodybuilding, originally just for the United Kingdom. The first contest it organised was the NABBA Mr. Universe, which was held on 24 June 1950 and won by Steve Reeves. When an opening came up to take on NABBA Ireland Paul Byrne jumped at the chance and has successfully run over 15 Mr. Ireland shows. This show allows competitors both male and female living in Ireland to compete against each other for the title of Nabba Mr. and Miss Ireland giving the winners and runners up a chance to compete internationally in the Universe Contest in the UK and the World Championships this year being held in Northern Ireland.

About WFF (World Fitness Federation) or WFF

Is an international bodybuilding organisation formed in 1968. The WFF promotes classic or athletic bodybuilding with a focus on the aesthetic quality of the physique
as opposed to just muscularity. The WFF was founded in 1968 in Germany by Klaus Hoffmann. The early WFF events were promoted within Eastern Europe however throughout the 1990’s international interest in WFF events drew support from far and wide and today the WFF is supported throughout every continent. Graeme Lancefield became the World President of WFF in 2013, taking over from Hoffmann upon his retirement. In 2014 Paul took over the WFF Irish Presidency to run shows based on a wider range of athletic body shapes including Bikini and Men’s Fitness with board shorts. This event has now been incorporated into the Mr. Ireland appealing to a wider audience of competitors in good shape but not as muscularly defined.

  • In 2014 and 2015, major WFF events were staged outside of Europe for the first time with the 2014 WFF Universe being held in South Korea and the World Championships being hosted by Australia and South Africa in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
  • 2016 saw the WFF Universe make its way to the USA for the very first time in Florida.
  • 2017 saw the WFF PRO-Am Asia Pacific held in Singapore while the
  • 2018 WFF PRO-Am World Championships was held in Cyprus.
  • 2019 WFF Pro-Am World Championships is set to be held in Mexico in November
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