BULAWAYO will have strong representation at this year’s Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships at 7 Arts in Harare on Saturday.
This year’s national competition is bankrolled by Zimpapers, through Bold Ads, Sunday Mail and Zimpapers Television Network.
A total of 17 bodybuilders from Bulawayo are heading to Harare for the national event.
Body Works Gym, the largest fitness academy in Bulawayo, is sending 15 athletes to this year’s national competition.
Seven-time Mr Bulawayo Lovemore Munyamana, leads the team of Bulawayo-based bodybuilders for the national event. South Africa-based Ndumiso Dlodlo, winner of the men’s overall title in 2017 and 2018 is also expected to take part.
Dlodlo competes under Body Works Gym locally.
Munyamana told our sister publication Sunday News that he was geared up for this year’s show after skipping the national competition in 2018. The 35-year-old is entering the middleweight division that is for those up for 80 kilogrammes.
“Preparations did not go well after I lost my mother, I ended up very sick and dropped almost 8kgs because of pressure but now I’m better and I promise fireworks,’’ Munyamana declared.
Delvin Page has also enjoyed success this year with the 26-year-old to compete in the lightweight at the national championships.
Kylie MacDonald has had a wonderful 2019 since she came out first in all the three competitions she has entered since April. The 26-year-old MacDonald, who for the better part of this year has been weighed down by being the only female bodybuilder at Body Works Gym, is excited about her first appearance at the national championships.
Diana Machakaire is making a return to the national competition where she last participated in 2017. The 31-year-old Machakaire is competing in the beach bikini. Seeing that she is making a comeback after a few years, Machakaire is not anticipating too much.
Prechard Hoko, Lancelot Ndlovu, Wesley Sanders, Gabriel Gwapedza and Marvelous Gandah are entering the men’s physique. Ndlovu is also competing in the men’s fitness model.
Zibusiso Khumalo, Blessing Timburwa and Revaldo Ncube carry the hopes for Bulawayo in the junior men’s Under-23. Mugoni Chikove is competing in the men’s wheelchair.
From ProActive Gym, Shantel Bhatch, a veteran in the sport, is heading to Harare to take part in the bikini fitness while Dale Blair is competing in the men’s physique.
An incredible 20 divisions will be competed for on Saturday, with three overall champions to be crowned. That will be in the men’s bodybuilding, men’s physique and most outstanding female athlete.