Meller eyes pro building career

HARARE - Ms IBFF Zimbabwe Classic champion Diana Meller has set her sights on a professional bodybuilding career with neighbouring South Africa being her preferred destination.

Meller, 35, who started off her bodybuilding career with a second-place finish at last year’s Mr and Ms Zimbabwe beach bikini opened her account by bagging the Ms Fitness Model title beating Fern Roses and Shirley Spree to second and third place respectively before claiming the biggest prize at Reps Theatre in Belgravia.

“It came as a big surprise because I wasn’t expecting to win, it’s something that I think happens once in a lifetime,” Meller tells the Daily News in telephone interview.

“I want to compete in the Mr and Ms Zim in October but at the same time we have the Ms Universe in Italy coming up in October as well so will see how it goes and which competition to drop if I have to.”

Upon finishing second at the 2015 Ms Zim bikini contest, Meller was chosen to represent the country at the inaugural Arnold Classic competition in South Africa, but felt she needed to learn the ropes more before going on the international stage.

“I needed to gain experience. But one thing for sure is that I would want to go South Africa (for competitions only) because bodybuilding here is still on an amateur level and I would like to go professional,” she said.

She said she’s grateful for getting a supportive husband, Gary Meller, who has helped her a lot in her bodybuilding journey.

“I have always been an exercises specialist and when you’re hanging around with everybody who has done it, eventually you end up falling in love with the art,” Meller added.

“Gary watches over my training, diet and everything little things about the sport. I couldn’t do without him.”

IBFF Zimbabwe president Victor Hungwe said he was humbled with the turn out in the fitness category, both men and ladies.

“There was huge improvement on men’s fitness and also the ladies as well because we had a new roaster of athletes coming on the show. They outnumbered those who were doing bodybuilding which has seen IBFF being more of a show that concentrates more on fitness than bodybuilding but we would want to improve on that aspect,” Hungwe said.

“It was also encouraging to see the quality of the few bodybuilders who competed. We are going to start doing provincial shows to boost numbers especially in men’s bodybuilding.”

The men’s overall title went to Ugandan based bodybuilder Simba Dube who toppled last year’s winner Tapiwa Chibota.

Dube had earlier won the middle bodybuilding category to book a place in the overall line up while Chibota had triumphed in the small men category.

Results:

Mr Fitness Model: 1. Edvaldo Silva, 2. Zuva Bvekerwa, 3. Masimba Nyamajiwa.

Mr Athletic: 1. Brian Saudombe, 2. Givemore Kamuronjo, 3. Masimba Nyamajiwa.

Mr Fitness: 1. Givemore Kamuronjo, 2. Masimba Nyamajiwa, 3. Edvaldo Silva.

Bodybuilding Small: 1. Tapiwa Chibota, 2. Garikai Mujuru, 3. Gideon Teguru.

Bodybuilding Middle: 1. Simbarashe Dube, 2. Matt Humphreys

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