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ray nobile

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:04 am
by raynobile
hi my name is ray nobile, peter yates reccomended this site to me.i have been training since the age of 13. the year being 1964. im from scotland but now live in bulgaria.still training at 67 . i have competed in body building,powerlifting and strongman. 3 times junior mr scotland.mr scotland,mr europe masters. 4 times british powerlifting champion.world cup powerlifting champion and european powerlifting champion.3 times scotlands strongest man.2 times competitor in britains strongest man.in the first bsm which was televised, i won 3 events outright.tore 16 london telephone directories in 1 minute. only competitor to complete the backlift and won the car deadlift. after 8 events i was in 2nd place to geoff capes. with 4 events to go. however i had injured my lower back doing the backlift so just had to cruise through the final events.ended up 4th overall.started competing from 1967 till 1998.1998 i won the world bodybuilding championships in south africa with the fire and police federation. i look forward to contributing here.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:40 am
by Harry Hayfield
raynobile wrote:hi my name is ray nobile, peter yates reccomended this site to me.i have been training since the age of 13. the year being 1964. im from scotland but now live in bulgaria.still training at 67 . i have competed in body building,powerlifting and strongman. 3 times junior mr scotland.mr scotland,mr europe masters. 4 times british powerlifting champion.world cup powerlifting champion and european powerlifting champion.3 times scotlands strongest man.2 times competitor in britains strongest man.in the first bsm which was televised, i won 3 events outright.tore 16 london telephone directories in 1 minute. only competitor to complete the backlift and won the car deadlift. after 8 events i was in 2nd place to geoff capes. with 4 events to go. however i had injured my lower back doing the backlift so just had to cruise through the final events.ended up 4th overall.started competing from 1967 till 1998.1998 i won the world bodybuilding championships in south africa with the fire and police federation. i look forward to contributing here.
Decided to get out while the going was good, re Brexit eh? Actually you've been mentioned before on this forum, back in February of last year Peter reviewed a book called "My Life in the Iron Game" which was written by your good self and he said:
his book deals with bodybuilding, powerlifting and strongman from the 1960s through to the 1990s and written by a man who excelled in all three activities, while simultaneously occupied in a difficult and stressful job as a fireman. Ray Nobile won numerous regional, Scottish, British,European and World titles in all three disciplines during his long competitive career. His book mentions many famous competitors with whom battled for honors yet became good friends with. It had been some time since i had seen photos of Ray and i was once again struck by how powerful and rugged his physique looked, even as a powerlifter with increased weight he still had a great shape. This is an E-book and at 5 Euros is the price of a couple of cups coffee but is an enjoyable, entertaining and interesting read that is worth much more. You can purchase the E-book from the site Strength-old school.
So to actually have the author join is yet another feather in our cap.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:25 am
by peter yates
Hi Ray,
welcome to the forum mate.I was going to get in early and give you an introduction but that seems to well taken care of. The forum only has a few active members but like the Iron History forum they are dedicated, knowledgeable, and most of all courteous which we can agree is not the case on many forums. As harry says having you on board is a real boon and I look forward to any contributions and comments to have to share.I think it needs mentioning once more but Ray achieved all his honors while while engaged in a stressful, physically demanding and often dangerous occupation as a firefighter,as is another recent member Jim Duggan. On top of all that he is a good bloke.Oh and don't forget to buy his e-book,well worth it for a nice piece of strength history from one who has been there.
Regards,Peter.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:08 pm
by DannyBoy
Welcome to the HOPC forum, Ray! It's always great to have someone with your knowledge & experience join! :)

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:06 am
by raynobile
thank you danny.im liking what i see on this site.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:35 pm
by dhartnet
Ray's an iron game / strength legend (though he would never act like that or admit it) a good man and good friend.
I love his book and his history in the iron-game.

~Dave

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:35 am
by colinkbell
Greetings from Northern Ireland Ray! One side of my family is descended from Scotland. I visited Bourgas a few years back to watch the European Junior Weightlifting Champs whilst staying in a Black Sea tourist resort. Best wishes,Colin.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:31 am
by raynobile
thanks colin.i was in northern ireland in 2001 with my wife marion when she was competing in uks strongest woman contest,organised by glen ross. marion went on to win britains strongest woman in 2003.bulgaria hosts many sporting events. i live in veliko tarnavo which is central bulgaria.however in the summer i visit bourgas and varna for the great beaches.in varna,right on the beach,there is the training camp hall where the bulgarian weight lifting trained in the 1980s. sadly its derliect now.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:40 am
by colinkbell
raynobile wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:31 am
thanks colin.i was in northern ireland in 2001 with my wife marion when she was competing in uks strongest woman contest,organised by glen ross. marion went on to win britains strongest woman in 2003.bulgaria hosts many sporting events. i live in veliko tarnavo which is central bulgaria.however in the summer i visit bourgas and varna for the great beaches.in varna,right on the beach,there is the training camp hall where the bulgarian weight lifting trained in the 1980s. sadly its derliect now.
Hi Ray, sorry i only just noticed your reply there now. Thats sad about the camp. Is is the same one an Ironmind Video was filmed?
Colin.

Re: ray nobile

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:00 am
by raynobile
hi colin, dont know if it was filmed by ironmind.i saw the camp on youtube where it was portraid as the training camp for the lifters who trained under the coach,abdejiev, spelling, a very harsh and rigorous, training regime.but one which produced multiple world and olympic champions.