New judges panel for Mr Novice

HARARE - The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) will today field a new panel of judges during the bodybuilding for beginners’ show, the Mr Novice contest.

The Mr Novice contest opens the 2015 national calendar and is pencilled for the Longchen Plaza.

Collin Mushunje, the NFZBBF judges’ secretary, said the federation was trying to move away from a situation where the same judges will officiate at all the events throughout the year.

“We are trying to make our panel bigger and we can’t have the same judges every day,” Mushunje told the Daily News yesterday.

The former bodybuilder, who was Mr Zimbabwe runner-up between 2002 and 2004, said every bodybuilder was a winner by making it onto the stage.

“We will confirm our judging with the IFBB standards but will look more into the way the athletes present themselves on stage,” he said.

“We will not be looking more on the total package as we do with other shows but more of a complete body.

“We have got the experience and we are confident we will not disappoint on the day. To the athletes I would like to believe that every one of them is a winner by virtue of walking onto the podium.

“This is an important stage for them as they work towards a career in bodybuilding.”

Mushunje is set to be the chief-judge on the day of the contest while NFZBBF judge-president, Dan de Souza will play a role as an overseer.

Mushunje was crowned junior Mr Zimbabwe in 2000, Mr Zimbabwe middle-weight two times between 2002 and 2004.

He also holds a record of five-straight top three finishes at Mr Iron Man between 2001 and 2005.

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