NFBF of­fers Byo Body Works Gym rights to host Mr, Mrs Iron man Teen body­builder tar­gets Ms Novice ti­tle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Reporter Danisa Ma­suku Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe Body­build­ing and Fit­ness (NFBF) has of­fered Bu­l­awayo’s Body Works Gym the rights to host the Mr and Ms Iron Man 2017 to be held in June.

This will mark the first time this event would be held in Bu­l­awayo, as it has al­ways been staged in Harare.

Body Works Gym man­ager Don­a­van Ash­borne said prepa­ra­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion had al­ready started and body­build­ing en­thu­si­asts should ex­pect an ex­cit­ing tournament.

“This is such a huge hon­our, not only for us as Body Works Gym, but the whole of Bu­l­awayo be­cause it will be the first time for the city to host the event. The hon­our comes af­ter we suc­cess­fully hosted the Clas­sics Body Works com­pe­ti­tion last month,” said Ash­borne.

“Prepa­ra­tions have al­ready be­gun be­cause we want to leave a mark. This is the sec­ond big­gest body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try af­ter Mr Zim­babwe and we want to make it a mem­o­rable event that will lure other com­pe­ti­tions to Bu­l­awayo in fu­ture.”

He said the event would open new av­enues for lo­cal ath­letes by ex­pos­ing them to a more com­pet­i­tive body­build­ing and fit­ness en­vi­ron­ment. Such events, Ash­borne said, would also broaden lo­cal body­builders’ dis­ci­pline and char­ac­ter on and off the stage, which is in­valu­able to their fu­ture en­deav­ours.

Body Works Gym will also host the Mr and Ms Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (ZITF), Mr Bu­l­awayo and Body Works Clas­sics in 2017.

Body­builders from around the coun­try will face off in var­i­ous di­vi­sions, which in­clude se­nior men body­build­ing open, ju­nior men Un­der-23 body­build­ing, ju­nior men Un­der-20 men physique open, men’s fit­ness open, women bikini fit­ness open, women fig­ure open and men wheelchair body­build­ing open — @khumza­llen. TONYA Green­land (14) is ar­guably the youngest fe­male body­builder in Bu­l­awayo and has set her sights on win­ning the Ms Novice Zim­babwe ti­tle.

It has only been three months since she started body­build­ing, but she al­ready has set a high tar­get for her­self. Tonya was in­spired to take up the sport by her aunt and renowned fe­male body­builder Shantel Green­land, who is also her trainer at Body Works Gym.

“I re­alised that I can­not make it alone and one makes it to the top through learn­ing from the best. I de­cided to train with Shantel be­cause she is a cham­pion and is the reign­ing Ms Zim­babwe. She gives me tips for train­ing and to avoid eat­ing food with too much fat,” said Tonya.

She is de­ter­mined and ex­udes a fight­ing spirit de­spite her young age. She said her school­mates do not have qualms about her new found pas­sion.

Al­though body­build­ing has gained ac­cep­tance as a sport, some still view it neg­a­tively.

“There are some peo­ple from my neigh­bour­hood that ques­tion why I joined body­build­ing in­stead of net­ball or bas­ket­ball and think some­thing is wrong with me. I don’t mind their neg­a­tive per­cep­tions be­cause it’s my pas­sion and there are a lot of other girls who are in this sport,” Tonya said.

Vet­eran trainer Si­mon Gama also as­sists in her train­ing and be­lieves Tonya will be­come a house­hold name in body­build­ing soon.

“She has started di­et­ing and trains hard and her body is shap­ing up well. If she main­tains that I be­lieve she will bag ti­tles; start­ing with the Ms Novice to Ms Zim­babwe,” said Gama, who boasts a num­ber of ac­co­lades un­der his belt

Tonya is a Form 2 pupil at Speciss Col­lege and as­pires to be a med­i­cal doc­tor.

“I have a strong in­ter­est in sci­ence sub­jects, which I’m do­ing well in,” she said. She is a prin­ci­pled ath­lete, who re­li­giously fol­lows a set timetable.

“I go to school from 8AM-1PM. I take a break and go to the gym at 3PM. My par­ents are also sup­port­ive and bought me a train­ing kit. They also cater for all my train­ing ex­penses,” she said

Tonya Green­land

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