Body­build­ing pair rep­re­sent NZ

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A Porirua cou­ple are rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand on the world stage, as ‘‘nat­u­ral’’ body­builders.

Ricky Kee-Sue and Janelle Cheesman are tak­ing part in the Nat­u­ral World Cham­pi­onships Body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Brno, Czech Re­pub­lic, this month.

‘‘Body­build­ing is about sculpt­ing your body into what­ever you want it to be,’’ Kee-Sue said.

‘‘It’s a chal­leng­ing, but re­ward­ing sport, and we want to prove that you can achieve great re­sults by work­ing hard in the gym, proper nu­tri­tion, con­sis­tency and pa­tience,’’ Kee-Sue said.

At the ‘‘nat­u­ral’’ world cham­pi­onships, ama­teur and pro­fes­sional body­builders are drugtested be­fore tak­ing part.

‘‘Body­build­ing is heav­ily as­so­ci­ated with steroid use, so we’re re­ally proud to be nat­u­ral body­builders. We’re prov­ing to peo­ple that you can be a com­pet­i­tive body­builder without tak­ing any per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs,’’ he said.

The cou­ple have been com­pet­ing in nat­u­ral body­build­ing in New Zealand for sev­eral years, and earned a trip to Las Ve­gas in 2016 to com­pete in the Nat­u­ral Olympia – the big­gest nat­u­ral body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the world.

Cheesman is mak­ing her bikini pro de­but at the World Champs, hav­ing ob­tained her pro­fes­sional body­build­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the bikini category af­ter win­ning the Nat­u­ral Uni- verse Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land last year.

Kee-Sue placed sec­ond in clas­si­cal physique at the In­ter­na­tional Nat­u­ral Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships in Taupo in Au­gust last year, and placed third in physique at the Nat­u­ral Uni­verse in Auck­land last year.

He is aiming to achieve pro­fes­sional body­build­ing sta­tus at this World Cham­pi­onships.

‘‘We’ve had a huge amount of sup­port from our friends and fam­ily,’’ Cheesman said.

She said it had been quite hum­bling to have peo­ple who be­lieved in them and it made them try even harder.

‘‘We have both com­peted in nat­u­ral body­build­ing for a few years now and we’re both con­fi­dent that we’re go­ing to bring our best physiques yet,’’ Cheesman said.

Porirua body­builders Ricky Kee-Sue and Janelle Cheesman are rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand in the Czech Re­pub­lic.

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