Bodybuilders vie for Zim Nationals

HARARE - Local muscle and fitness enthusiasts will throng Sharon School’s Jubilee Hall today for the annual Zimbabwe Nationals which will see the curtain coming down for this year’s bodybuilding contests.

The Milton Park-based school is set to host the championships for the first time starting with the pre-judging event set to run between 10am and 1pm.

All the successful athletes will then return to the venue for the main event which has been scheduled to run between 5pm and 9pm.

The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBF) will on the night hold a record 14 categories.

“Registration is $20 and an athlete must be paid up for 2018. The annual registration is $10 and those who have not yet paid the annual sportsperson levy will have to pay at registration,” NFZBF spokesperson, Quiet Shangai told the Daily News yesterday.

Contestants will battle it out in the senior men bodybuilding up to and including 75kg, 85kg, over 85kg, junior men bodybuilding up to and including 23 years and the masters men bodybuilding for those over 40 years of age.

The other divisions include wheelchair men bodybuilding, women masters bikini over 35 years, women bikini fitness, women body fitness, women beach bikini, women physique, men’s fitness, men’s physique up to and including 176cm and men’s physique over 176cm.

A host of athletes that have shown interest in this competition include 2018 Bulawayo men’s physique champion Marvelous Ganda, 2018 Novice Champion Kylie Macdonald and 2018 Arnold Classic medallist Juliet Chimbadzo.

Blessing Sithole who won the 2018 ZITF men’s physique competition together with 2013 Fitness Exhibition winner Anthony Milner have also confirmed their participation.

The likes of Edward Mutero, Eliah Samaringa, Blessing Samaringa, Blessing Nyapimbi, Upenyu “Big life” Mahlaulo and Gerald Noble will also be participating.

As well as Zumailer Eusen Mamman, Partson Chatedzuka, Wendy Du Cladier de Curac, Chamunorwa Marange and Zie Khumalo.

Sponsors have also joined in the cause with a number of companies coming on board to support the show led by Cafe Nush and Confectioners, Food Lovers, St Elmons, Supplement Factory, Assegai Nutrition and Tram Graphics.

Kingsport Investments, Karg Media Services, Oracle Media, Royal Flair Events, Crystal Candy and Timothy Samufukwe are some of the event’s sponsors this year.

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