Goredema joins the greats

HARARE - Midlands made sure the overall Mr Zimbabwe title remained in the province after, new kid on the block Paul Goredema defied odds to walk away with the coveted gong last weekend.

The 27-year-old bodybuilder who recently completed his degree in Business Studies at the Midlands State University, becomes the 16th individual to win the Mr Zimbabwe title in the post-independence era since Nigel Bothwell won the crown in 1980.

Goredema outclassed seasoned campaigners in his category such as 2008 Mr Zimbabwe Tarirai Chirume, Simbarashe Dube (second place), returning Munashe Mutandirotya and Blessing Nyapimbi (third place).

He takes the mantle from fellow Midlands bodybuilder Champion Chienderamwano, who was ruled out of this year’s competition due to a shoulder injury.

Goredema won the senior men bodybuilding heavyweight category and squared off in the overall line up with senior men light-heavyweight champion and his personal friend Nigel Maphosa also from Midlands and Harare’s Garikayi Mujuru, who had won the middleweight category.

He received a cash prize of $1 000.

“It’s worth everything that I invested and with every effort from the first day I started training I think it’s worth it,” Goredema said after being crowned champion.

“It took me about three months to prepare for this competition and I’m honoured to be the winner though I didn’t expect to be the last man standing... I was shocked.”

Chienderamwano said: “I’m happy for Paul, he worked hard for this title and I’m glad he has managed to keep the Midlands fire burning.

“That’s what we want and like I promised earlier, he is only taking care of the trophy on my behalf; I will come and take it next year when I return to the stage.”

Midlands bodybuilding guru Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga was delighted with Goredema’s triumph.

“Midlands has always produced champions and going forward we would want to take the sport seriously so that we try to win every category so that we can compete as Midlands in the overalls,” said Chimuchenga.

“As a senior and trainer I have already laid down a programme for our athletes for next year and even if it means competing in the region, we will go as a team.

“I purposefully pulled out of the championships so that the sponsors would see some of the efforts we are doing in this part of the country and for everyone to see that Midlands is not all about Sugar but a host of all these talented athletes.

“Many thanks to (Mr) Vann Gopal the owner of Muscle and Fitness Gym for availing his facilities free of charge to all the competitors and everyone who is fitness conscious.”

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.