Bodybuilding queen Cee set for comeback

CEE-ING IS BELIEVING -- Bulwell teacher Cee Oliver (second from left) lines up for the judges alongside fellow contestants in one of her most recent tournaments.
CEE-ING IS BELIEVING -- Bulwell teacher Cee Oliver (second from left) lines up for the judges alongside fellow contestants in one of her most recent tournaments.

One of the best female bodybuilders ever to flex her muscles in the Dispatch district is plotting an exciting comeback.

Cee Oliver, who teaches at Bulwell Academy, has been taking a year out of the sport after she was crowned British champion in the women’s fitness category 12 months ago.

But now the 39-year-old is raring to go again on the national, European and global stages.

“I am set to start pastures new,” Cee told the Dispatch. “My preparation for competitions will begin in January 2015, ready for my next phase. I’m not saying at this stage exactly what my plans are. But I’m so excited.”

One facet of her revived career that can be announced is that Cee has taken on an additional role at the Hucknall Lane academy, where she has worked for 12 years, having previously been based at Bulwell’s Henry Mellish School.

As well as teaching PE, she has been appointed head of dance and will be using her two decades years of experience in fitness and gymnastics to get more students involved in dance.

“I will be urging the youngsters to enter local festivals and competitions, and I will be promoting the junior competitions run by the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF),” she added.

“I will also be offering additional one-to-one coaching sessions. I’m so excited to get more students in their younger years involved. Any local schools that are interested should contact me.”

Cee’s appointment coincides with the arrival of the latest UKBFF British Championships at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham this weekend.

She won’t be there to defend her title, but the event will certainly rekindle memories of her remarkable triumph in 2013.

On the day, she actually finished second, only to be promoted to first 24 hours later when the ‘winner’, 54-year-old Kent veteran Irina Cotton, was disqualified and banned for breaking UKBFF rules.

It wasn’t the first time Cotton had flirted with controversy. In 2011, she was convicted by a court of stealing from her lover to buy protein supplements to enhance her performance.

“I suppose I was British champion by default,” recalled Cee. “But many think I was robbed anyway.

“I gave my best performance that day. I was in my best condition to date -- thanks to personal training by Mark Coles, who runs the M10 Fitness gym in Nottingham.”