Chanakira shines in Aussie contest

HARARE - Zimbabwean fitness figure bodybuilder Teurai Chanakira won a bronze medal at the Melbourne Regional Bodybuilding Contest in Australia at the weekend.

The 35-year-old won gold in the 30+ division before claiming bronze in the overall women line-up.

A personal fitness trainer by profession, Chanakira started her bodybuilding career two years ago and has also won silver in her first year of competing.

During her preparations for the Melbourne contest, she courted the services of renowned local fitness trainer Otis Goredema making use of online sessions.

“Being a personal trainer, I train clients one-on-one in the gym and also people worldwide through the online flat tummy programmes... through my journey, I have been able to learn more and thus pass on new knowledge to my clients worldwide,” Chanakira tells the Daily News from Australia.

“Competing has also taught me about self-discipline and the value of consistent, hard work.

“The latest victory means a lot to me as it is my first time to coach myself and design my own nutrition and exercise programming for a competition.

“I did consult and share ideas with Zimbabwe based trainer Otis Goredema as well as no man is an island. I thus qualify for the nationals which are later on this year.”

Chanakira, who also runs a cancer trust here in Zimbabwe, is optimistic of a bright future in the fitness model bodybuilding division.

“As far as the future is concerned, I would like to continue competing; along with empowering other potential competitors,” she said.

“I also think competitor athletes need an outlet to release their emotions after each competition because one works hard for a certain goal for so long and after the competition is done — there can be a void.

“It would be good to have services that assist competitors — following each competition.”

Goredema of the Dark Cloud fitness stable said he is honoured to be associated with Chanakira’s success.

“To me after having taken a back seat from training athletes for competitions, it was a kind of breaking new ground to motivate someone I have no physical contact with but only relying on pictures and messages,” Goredema said.

“Also the fact that there was such a huge time difference it was a bit if a challenge but she was determined and all this was helped by her attitude, focus and humility and her husband obviously played a big part — he was very supportive.”

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