Bu­l­awayo dom­i­nates body­build­ing con­test

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

BU­L­AWAYO-BASED com­peti­tors put up an ex­cel­lent show at the Mr and Ms Zimbabwe body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion held at Harare In­ter­na­tional School on Satur­day, with Paul Gore­dema, who en­tered un­der Body Works Gym claim­ing the big­gest prize of the night.

Gore­dema, who works in Gweru, but also trains at a bet­ter equipped fit­ness cen­tre in Bu­l­awayo dur­ing week­ends, walked away with the Mr Zimbabwe ti­tle, hav­ing also won the heavy­weight di­vi­sion.

The 27-year-old is a holder of a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce Hon­ours de­gree in Busi­ness Man­age­ment.

He works at the Gweru Polytech­nic as a stores as­sis­tant in the me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing depart­ment.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Gore­dema said his vic­tory came as a sur­prise be­cause he felt that his train­ing part­ner Nigel Maphosa was meant to bag the top prize.

“I come to Bu­l­awayo every week­end to train on Fri­days and Satur­days at Body Works. Dur­ing the week I train at Gweru Sports Club gym. Body Works signed me up a month ago,” said Gore­dema.

“It feels great to win; I re­ally worked hard to be ready for the show. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win, there was stiff com­pe­ti­tion from other guys who have been train­ing all along. Maphosa was very com­pet­i­tive and per­son­ally I felt he was sup­posed to win. He has been my train­ing part­ner, but is now based in Johannesburg. I am happy to rep­re­sent both prov­inces Mid­lands and Mata­bele­land,” said Gore­dema.

For his ex­ploits, Gore­dema took home a to­tal of $1 300; $300 for win­ning the heavy­weight di­vi­sion and $1 000 for be­ing crowned Mr Zimbabwe.

Green­land, who flew all the way from Eng­land to of­fer sup­port to body­builders at his Body Works Gym, was de­lighted that Gore­dema won Mr Zimbabwe.

“He was not even no­ticed, he was not known. We have been keep­ing him un­der wraps. He has been our se­cret weapon (and) we have been hold­ing him back,” said Green­land.

To show Bu­l­awayo’s dom­i­nance at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, Shantel Green­land won the Ms Zimbabwe beach bikini ti­tle while Selina Manuel walked away with the Un­der-19 girls’ fit­ness ti­tle. Zibu­siso Khu­malo was the best Un­der-20 body­builder; Domingo Lunga was the run­ner up in the mas­ters; Brian Sa­mundombe was the best in the men’s physique for those over 178 cen­time­tres; reign­ing Mr Bu­l­awayo Love­more Mun­ya­mana took bronze in the Un­der-75kgs, while Marko Mwale was the best in the wheel­chair cat­e­gory.

Maphosa won the light heavy­weight di­vi­sion; the mid­dleweight went to Garikai Mu­juru; Muchiner­ipi Muneri took the light­weight ti­tle; Lee Dz­inzi walked away with ju­nior men Un­der-23, while God­win Mhaka clinched the men’s physique up 178cm and the male’s over­all physique ti­tle.

Green­land feels that Bu­l­awayo could have col­lected more ac­co­lades had some of the ath­letes not pulled out of the com­pe­ti­tion. He ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the me­dia for sup­port­ing body­build­ing in the coun­try.

“We thank you for what you are do­ing for us in this sport. We ap­pre­ci­ate it and are now win­ning gold medals. We missed out on two gold medals and other medals. Char­ity (Juma) did not go, Par­don (Dube) is still in­jured and then big Mike (Alimu) did not go,’’ Green­land said.

The Mr and Ms Zimbabwe event is the premier na­tional body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion and it was graced by the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Sport and Recre­ation God­frey Chipare, as well as the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion act­ing direc­tor gen­eral Joseph Muchechetere. - @Mdaw­ini_29

Paul Gore­dema (cen­tre) flexes mus­cles on his way to win­ning the Mr Zimbabwe over­all ti­tle at the body­build­ing con­test held at Harare In­ter­na­tional School on Satur­day

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