Letter from Contestant in NPC Georgia 2006
Hi Mr. Neely,
This is Frank McNally, Lightweight Masters 35+ winner and Second place in Open Bantamweight.
First, I would like to thank you for letting me be involved in one of the most professionally run shows I have been involved with. From the way you were straightforward and open with us during your meeting to the Backstage people who kept me focused on what I had to do on stage. Ed especially gave me great help with my oil "overage"--from that point on I knew that your team's goal was to put on a show that was top notch.
I wanted to let you know of the little things a contest helps with--the things you don't see. In particularly the lives a contest like this can change-not just for the overall winner.
I got married in 1992 and had been away from the Bodybuilding scene since 1991. My wife (still the same one today) had never known this side of me and was perplexed (to say the least!) of why, just over 2 years ago, with one lone 30lb dumbell and no finances for a gym membership, I began my road back to bodybuilding.
After a year of one 110lb weight set and a simple bench with a leg extension/curl I tirelessly trained 5-6 days a week, my wife saw I serious and bought me a nice Golds Gym Weight bench in which I broke the Lat Pulldown off in about a month but continued nonetheless plug away, 5-6 days a week, and adding some more free weights.
Unfortunately, my efforts at home were growing thin on my wife's patience. She saw no income coming in from this "hobby" as she put it (sometimes even calling my dedication a bad "obsession") and wanted to know when I was going to give this "hobby" up.
My wife gave me an ultimatum- if I don't do anything good (win) I will give up this crazy obsession or else MAJOR things were going to happen in our marriage (nonewhich would of benefited me)
Well, I am pleased to say that after Saturday night, my wife now sees the purpose of my workouts, she sees why I have the passion and fire in my workouts. She saw my youngest (8 yrs old) jumping around, pumping his fist as dad was announced the winner. He saw the smiles of joy on my two other children. My mother and Grandmother who flew all the way from West Palm Beach just because they believed in me.
No, I will never step on stage at the Mr. Olympia, probably never get a Pro Card, more than likely never win the Mr. Georgia contest. But what I won Saturday night was greater than all 3 of those titles put together and rolled into a lifetime. It was something a huge trophy can't represent.
What I got Saturday night was the best prize of all--my wife now understands why I do what I do.
So, please never stop promoting your shows. They mean so much more than just a title!!
Thank you Mr. Neely!
Mr. Lightweight Masters 35+ 2006