All nat­u­ral and healthy earns Las Ve­gas trip


Ricky Kee-Sue loves be­ing all­nat­u­ral.

The Plim­mer­ton 25-year-old is a pan­el­beater by day and body­builder by night.

Com­pet­ing in his first two body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tions just three years ago he came fifth.

Not dis­cour­aged, he worked hard and at the re­cent In­ter­na­tional Nat­u­ral Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion South Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships in Taupo he re­alised his po­ten­tial.

Kee-Sue took out first place in his di­vi­sion and qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent his coun­try in Las Ve­gas in Novem­ber at the Nat­u­ral Olympia Body­build­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

He will joined by his part­ner, Janelle Cheesman, who also won her class in Taupo.

More than 1000 en­trants from across the world take part at the Nat­u­ral Olympia com­pe­ti­tion, at which par­tic­i­pants are drug tested be­fore and af­ter com­pet­ing.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for us to re­ally test our­selves against the best,’’ Kee-Sue said.

Flat­ting with body­builders three years ago put him on this path.

‘‘I de­cided to give it a go and I was hooked in pretty quickly. It took me a while to re­ally knuckle down be­cause I was just a skinny white boy, but I did and I’m pleased with the re­sults,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s great that I can do some­thing like this with Janelle too - we have a com­mon goal to­gether.’’

Kee-Sue said body­build­ing was a sport with a healthy mem­ber­ship and he was con­stantly be­ing asked by fel­low gym-go­ers how they could take part.

Cheesman, 24, from the Hutt Val­ley, weighed 73 kilo­grams be­fore em­bark­ing on her body­build­ing jour­ney,

She lost 17kg in a seven-month trans­for­ma­tion.

In a rare feat, she came first in two novices sec­tions and then won the fit­ness and over­all ti­tles in Taupo.

Al­though some women would be put off by the thought of get­ting up on stage in a bikini, Cheesman had no qualms.

‘‘I wanted to get up there and show I have lost all this weight, so for me it was very re­ward­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘It helped boost my con­fi­dence be­cause not many peo­ple could achieve what I did.’’

The pair need $5000 to go to Las Ve­gas and have set up a fundrais­ing page.

Go to givealit­ hel­prick­yand­janel­lecom­petein­ve­gas

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