Jonga shines on pro debut

Regina Jonga celebrated Women’s Day in style romping to a third place finish on her pro bodybuilding debut in Shangai, China yesterday.

The top Zimbabwe female bodybuilder silenced Shangai by bagging the Tera Intern-Continental 20199 WFF Pro Am Championship. 

The victory brought along with it a  floating trophy, gold medal and the much sought after pro card, an international bodybuilding licence that allows one to compete as a professional in the respective federation.

And with too little time rest, the muscly athlete accepted the invitation to compete against the pros yesterday ending with her debut in much delight.

“To say I’m excited would be an understatement, I’m certainly over the moon. Remember what I told you in the build-up to this contest ‘who knows another milestone may be in the offing’, and this is exactly what happened,” Jonga told the Daily News on Sunday from China.

“I wouldn’t have done it on my own, many thanks to Iron Lion Nutrition and Supplements, who opened the door to me when I knocked. I had lost all hope of ever competing on an international stage of this magnitude as I struggled to raise funds for the flight ticket, accommodation and registration fee with less than a week before the final. All I had was a heart of lion to roar when given an opportunity so that really helped me a lot because I never stopped training and I never stopped believing.”

Turning pro also comes with a lot of financial rewards and just for finishing third yesterday, Jonga pocked $1 000.

“This is just the beginning of a wonderful journey for Zimbabwe bodybuilding. I enjoy a lot of support from the local association the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness; bar monetary support as they are equally struggling to stay afloat they are there for me and every local bodybuilder. My sponsor tells me that were I may set my eyes to compete, that wish will be granted so I envisage a very busy schedule ahead and lots of love to everyone back home who has supported me all the way.”

NFZBBF secretary-general Quiet Shangai described Jonga as a phenomenal woman.

“She is one strong woman who has an equally stronger heart as her frame. When she approached us with the intention to go and compete in China, we did not think twice because we have always believed in her exploits,” Shangai said.

Iron Nutrition director Cornlius Rudziva said, “…what we can say is she’s a lioness. She hunts, she gets goals and that’s the reason why we are attracted to her. 

“We believe she has what we need to take in terms of brand ambassadorial role as far as representing our country, as far as representing our brand because we believe in excellence and delivery.”

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