‘Mr Tawa’ tops class

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Johnny Starkey counts win­ning the novice sec­tion of the Welling­ton body­build­ing cham­pi­onships as ‘‘one of the best days of my life’’.

It was the Tawa 24-year-old’s first nudge at com­pet­i­tive body­build­ing.

He took out the un­der-70 kilo­gram class at the event, held last month at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity’s Me­mo­rial The­atre.

The weeks of strict di­et­ing – end­less broccoli and chicken meals – drink­ing co­pi­ous amounts of wa­ter and all the train­ing was worth ev­ery moment, Starkey says.

He took two weeks off from his job in the butch­ery at Wool­worths Tawa to pre­pare.

‘‘I didn’t en­ter to win; it was re­ally about get­ting the ex­pe­ri­ence and feed­back from the judges about what I was do­ing OK, and what I need to im­prove.

‘‘I couldn’t be­lieve it [when I won]. It was just a cool feel­ing. Quite hon­estly, it was one of the best days of my life.’’

Starkey says that along with mak­ing him feel good, body­build­ing brings dis­ci­pline to his life. He’s proud of where he comes from, so his stage name is ‘‘Mr Tawa’’ – he has even had T-shirts made up to show off his home sub­urb.

His trainer at Porirua’s Ci­ty­fit­ness, Cliff Herewini, says Starkey’s over­all devel­op­ment and sym­me­try im­pressed the judges in an ex­cel­lent novice field.

‘‘He was the lean­est and had the most vis­i­ble mus­cle. It was close, but Johnny de­served to win. He trains hard, does what’s told and is very sin­gle-minded about what he wants to achieve.’’

Un­for­tu­nately, due to a lack of funds, Starkey couldn’t at­tend the na­tion­als, held over the week­end in Auck­land. He’s hop­ing that a spon­sor might be able to help him in fu­ture. His win in the Welling­ton novice sec­tion means he must now step up to open com­pe­ti­tion.

Great guns: Johnny Starkey, aka ‘Mr Tawa’, is proud to rep­re­sent his home town when he steps on stage. Af­ter some early suc­cess in body­build­ing, he wants to keep im­prov­ing and make a name for him­self.

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