A gym owner and former Mr UK bodybuilder from Castleford has been named as one of the country's top achievers in prestigious national teaching awards.
Jason Matthews, 39, had already picked up a coveted City & Guilds Medal for Excellence but he was blown away when he was named as one of just 10 winners of the acclaimed Lion Awards.
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He was named one of the UK's most exceptional learners after completing his Level 2 NVQ in Instructing Exercise and Fitness within a year, while tackling many other challenges.
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While working 60-hour weeks at Ultimate Physiques, Castleford, he was also studying for his qualification, managing a huge refurbishment of the gym and fundraising for local charities.
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On top of all that he was also having to cope with his wife Donna's ill health, which meant countless hospital visits, as well as running their home and bringing up their sons, Torren, 15, and Zarin, 10.
So while he had already held a raft of impressive bodybuilding titles, including Mr UK, Mr Yorkshire and Mr Huddersfield, it's no wonder his learning provider VT Training thought he also deserved the accolade of Small Business Learner of the Year.
Jason said winning the Medal of Excellence was "prestige in itself" but the Lion Award was completely unexpected and the icing on the cake.
He said: "There were 600 people in that room and only 10 Lion Awards winners."
He added: "I had to pinch myself to be honest."
He picked up his award from the BBC's Formula One presenter Jake Humphrey, at The Lancaster hotel in London.
Jason used to work at the Yorkshire Copper Works factory at Stourton, Leeds, before he fulfilled his dream of opening a gym around eight years ago.
He decided to return to learning two years ago because although he had existing qualifications they weren't recognised throughout the world as City & Guilds are and he wanted formal recognition of his business success and expertise.
He had already expanded the gym several times, adding a martial arts academy last year.
He said: "I thought, I'm bringing the gym up to speed, it's time I brought my qualifications up to speed."
His business scooped the National Amateur Body Building Association's (NABBA) Best Independent Gym last year as well as picking up the gong for NABBA's Best Supported Gym twice, after judges secretly assessed his business.
Jason said they were impressed by the diversity of his clients and his ability to cater to their needs, from daredevil pensioners to amputees, along with his fundraising achievements, including helping to raise nearly 6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.