Demi Ferreira ends sabbatical

HARARE - Former Miss Zimbabwe Junior Bikini Fitness champion Demi Ferreira has put her two-year sabbatical on hold to compete in this evening’s 2018 Zim Nationals set for Harare’s Sharon School.

Ferreira, who won her maiden title in 2016, is set to compete in the Women Bikini Fitness Open category.

The 21-year-old won the title only a year into her muscle and fitness campaign at a contest held at the Harare International School in Mt Pleasant two years ago when she was only 19.

She then went on to compete in the Women Bikini Fitness category claiming second place to cap a fine debut on the same night.

And with a lot of potential lying ahead of her, Ferreira entered the Arnold Classic Africa in South Africa but did not place in the finals prompting her to take a brief sabbatical.

“I’m extremely excited to get back onto a national stage again. It’s been two years since I last competed in Zimbabwe,” Ferreira told the Daily News yesterday.

“I competed last year at the Arnold Classic Africa competition, unfortunately I didn’t place in the finals so I just spent this last year focusing on experimenting and training hard to better my physique.”

For a change, Ferreira has had to do her training differently on her own without a coach.

“This preparation I have done on my own with no coach or help from a diet source so it’s been extremely unique and I have enjoyed the whole experience,” she said.

“I have gained some experience from this and it will hopefully help me train other girls to compete in the future.

“I have taken a girl under my wing (Laurie Cornish) to compete and she will be doing the Beach Bikini tomorrow (today).”

On returning to the stage after the brief hiatus, Ferreira is experiencing mixed emotions.

“I’m nervous, but also excited; I would like people to see that I have grown since my last national competition physically and with my stage presence,” she said.

“I hope to place in the finals and it would be such a bonus to regain my title again. However, I will be satisfied with any outcome as my goal was to enjoy this preparation and make it to the stage which I have done so I am extremely content.”


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