FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John resident Trey Reese is competing to appear on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine through their Mr. Health and Fitness competition.

The competition winner will receive $20,000 and a two-page spread in the magazine.

Reese says he’s been involved in competitive sports since he was young, which got him into training.

“Sometime in high school, I started seeing the guys who were on the covers of the magazines, the bodybuilders, like the guys competing,” Reese said.

“I was also seeing pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the seventies, and that’s what I aspired to look like.”

Reese began competing in bodybuilding competitions about three years ago, participating in three shows so far.

After his last show, Reese says he saw an ad for the Mr. Health and Fitness competition on Facebook.

“I didn’t think too much of it. I applied. And then before I knew it, a few months later, I was in the top 15,” Reese said.

“It was kind of surprising because I figured there would be a ton of people. Like I knew I had pretty good luck from my last competition placing, but you never really know who’s out there,” He continued.

Reese says if he wins, he’ll use the money to put a down payment on a house for him and his girlfriend, donate some to the community, and give some to his family for their constant support.

According to the Muscle and Fitness website, Reese currently sits in third place in his group. Voting for the top 15 ends Thursday, May 12th, at 7 p.m.

Those interested in casting their vote for Reese can do so for free once a day here. Paid votes are also an option, with proceeds going towards building homes for wounded US veterans.

Spencer Hall is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca and a recent graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Radio Arts & Entertainment program. Growing up in Northwest B.C. made Spencer aware of the importance of local journalism, independent media, and reconciliation. In his spare time, you can find Spencer reading, playing video games, or at the FSJ dog park with his dog, Teddy.