Residents of Whitefield cannot stop celebrating. After all, their very own huduga, G Balakrishna has brought back laurels. The winner of the recently held Under-24 Mr Universe at Germany, organised by World Amateur Body Building Association, Balakrishna says he couldn’t have archived it on his own. And just as no bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings, Balakrishna had the support from the Whitefield Residents Association, the area where he lives. “It was all possible because of Koshy Varghese and few other members who sponsored my trip to Germany. I am glad to have made them proud,” says the 22-year-old who works as a gym instructor and earns `15,000 a month. “I lost my father in 2006 and it was my mother, Parvathamma, who has taken care of me. She has been very inspirational and supportive,” he says. A fitness freak, he joined the gym when he was only 15. “I grew up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films. I wanted to be like him and used to enter the gym thinking of the sculpted body that he had built. When I was 17, I entered my first competition and since then, have won many titles at state, national and international levels. I have been a state champion ten times and have won the Mr India title twice. In fact, three years ago, I participated in the same U-24 competition and came fifth. I did not give up and aimed to reach the top and I am glad I did,” says Balakrishna. Now, after bringing the title back home, this body builder wants to go back to college to graduate with a proper degree. “I had to ignore my studies as I was preoccupied with body building. Now I want to complete my graduation,” he says. Balakrishna does all his workouts by training others and takes out time for himself when everybody else is done for the day. “Initially, I was coached by a trainer, Srinivas. Now I am doing it all alone,” says this body builder who shares the secret behind his sculpted body. “I consume 30 boiled eggs, 1 kg of chicken, half kg vegetables, half kg fruits, dry fruits and rice if necessary, on a daily basis,” he says and adds, “All these will not be possible with just the mere earnings of `15,000 I earn as a trainer. The money which I received as rewards from various competitions has come to rescue. Of course, my mother religiously prepares my food and knows my diet plan. She is been very encouraging.” Balakrishna’s journey has not ended yet. He has already started training for his next competition. “With many awards, the champion tag is yet to sink in. I need to participate in as many competitions as I can,” he says.