Ferreira in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle

HARARE - Although she took up the sport only recently, Demi Ferreira has hit the big time in the fitness bodybuilding category.

Last weekend, the 19-year-old was crowned Ms Zimbabwe Junior Bikini Fitness champion at the contest held at Harare International School.

On the same night, she went onto compete in the Women Bikini Fitness category and finished in second place in only her third major competition.

The former Chisipite Senior School student took up the sport in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and now her goal is to recruit more people to be health-conscious.

“Being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is my passion and I want to help and influence others to feel, look and project a healthy living,” Ferreira tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“Well, firstly I don’t come from a very wealthy upbringing so that has taught me to appreciate everything that comes my way.

“I started with my first competition end of last year and loved the entire experience and was overwhelmed with the feeling I had as I stepped on stage.

“So, I then wanted to better myself in this industry and see how much further I can grow as an athlete.

“I have also done one international competition which was held earlier this year in South Africa- the Arnolds Classic Africa.

“When I win or even just stepping on stage I feel overwhelmed with happiness and truly grateful to the Lord. I was so astonished to win gold and let alone silver as well. I feel truly blessed.”

Ferreira lit up the Harare International School auditorium in Mt Pleasant with her sound track Watora Mari by local music star Jah Prayzah in collaboration with Tanzanian singer Diamond Platinumz .

The track kept the audience captivated as she went about her business on the ramp while posturing well to the line “Ukazunza mazakwatira watora mari” prompting the crowd to demand her back on stage.

“My trainer Precious Mujuru motivated me to use the sound track as it would bring out more character in myself and give the audience something they would enjoy.

“I do understand a bit of Shona but not much but I do understand the lyrics of the song,” Ferreira says.

“I did not expect the crowd’s reaction to be so bold and uplifting and certainly did not expect a second call back on stage.

“My heart was filled with so much joy and love for those who cheered me on even though they didn’t know me. I think my overall placing with the silver was totally unexpected I had no idea I would place so well against women who have been doing this their whole lives.”

She says she is grateful for the support she is getting from family and friends and currently she is studying towards a personal trainer certification with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

“My family and friends are outstanding support systems especially my boyfriend (Wayne Edwards) whom I have been with for six years. He keeps me focused and on track daily and without him I wouldn’t be who I am today,” she says.

“My mom (Paula Ferreira) and dad (the late Michael Ferreira, who passed away two years ago) have also been a huge motivation towards a healthy lifestyle.

“I am currently studying to be an ACE Personal Trainer with Debi and Austin Jeans. I have two sisters that live overseas in the UK whom I absolutely adore- Abby-jai and Beaulieu

“ I intend to reach international level again and place in the finals and most of all nothing in life would ever be possible without the Lord Almighty.”

While she has strong family support around her, Ferreira has a strong bond with her mother Paula.

“My mom provides for me and looks after me and the whole process and preparations leading up to competitions wouldn’t be possible without her,” she says.

“She is the one who helps me with fees to go to gym and paying for my personal trainer and spray tanning.

“Basically everything regarding the comp and that I love her and appreciate everything she does for me.”

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