MOTHER ‘n DAUGHTER
Iam so proud of my mum and we’re a wicked mother / daughter team who want to inspire others as much as possible with what we do.
I currently hold the title of Ms New Zealand Shape for the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA). I am a fifth year law and commerce student at the University of Otago and am extremely interested in health, fitness, wellbeing and living a balanced lifestyle.
Mum, Farah Deobhakta, 53, has been bodybuilding for over 11 years and has won many national and international titles.
Her story is extremely inspiring. In 1991 she was involved in a car accident that smashed up her ankle to a point where she needed screws put in to keep her bones together. She was told by specialists that she would never run again or walk the same again. Being a doctor and natural born runner, she didn’t accept that and trained her body, through intensive rehabilitation in the gym, to run again. After a couple of years in the gym mum gained an interest in muscle building and after a few years getting her confidence up and researching the sport of bodybuilding, she decided to compete in her first competition in 2005, which she went on to win!
For the last 11 years she has competed both nationally and internationally winning titles such as the Ms Figure Asia- Pacific multiple times and winning a gold medal in the Open Figure Class at the Natural Olympia in Reno, Nevada. She also recently placed fifth at an international figure competition in Vienna and has placed third in the physique class at the Musclemania in Vegas.
Mum is a true champion. She is one of the most dedicated, strong willed, giving and humble women I know. She has never let her injury hold her back, even though it inevitably prevents her from optimal lower body training. Without her life changing injury, she would never have found the sport of bodybuilding and even though some days she has been frustrated due to only being able to train her good leg to the capacity of her injured leg, she appreciates and accepts the path that has led her to where she is today.
Due to Mum and her success, I was inspired to begin competing in bodybuilding too, but in the NABBA shape class. In 2014 I entered my first show, which I won, just like my Mum. In 2015, I competed in four regional shows and won my class and the overall title at each show. However, my proudest moments of 2015 were winning Ms New Zealand Shape and placing in the top five at my first International show in the Philippines. I cannot believe I have won a national title in under two years of competing and I largely have to thank my mother for being a constant source of inspiration. Her knowledge on training and nutrition and her guidance has helped me achieve so much in such a short time and this is just the beginning.
Mum and I are a team and strongly believe in giving things a go, putting in the hard yards, setting goals and never giving up on reaching our full potential, despite the setbacks. This sport runs in our veins and is something my Mum and I have a huge passion for. We believe in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle and would love to share our story with everyone interested in health and fitness.