APRIL 14, 1997

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Woodinville bodybuilder wins trophy

Joel Barham

Joel Barham.
Photo by Madeline Moore.

weightlifter by Madeline Moore
Joel Barham, a 20-year-old bodybuilder from Woodinville, recently won first place in the junior division at the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding competition, and a week later took third place at the Oregon State Championship in the Open Men Middleweight division.
   Born and raised in Woodinville and a 1995 graduate of Woodinville High, Barham started seriously lifting weights at the Woodinville Athletic Club when he was 15 years old. He won third place in the teen division at NW Natural competition in 1993 and first place in 1994.
   Barham is a sophomore at the UW and is on the Dean's List. He always hopes to compete well. "When I came away with first place, I was really pleased," he said. Asked about any future plans for national competition, he's "taking things step by step."