INVERCARGILL is set to host its first National Amateur Body Builders Association (NABBA) NZ bodybuilding competition in April.
“I am very excited. We never thought it would happen,” NABBA area representative Judy Duggan said.
“I have a great support crew helping me get sponsorship to make it possible to run this show. It’s been a lot more involved than I expected.
“My passion for this sport makes it very worth the effort.”
Duggan, who has been judging for NABBA for about two years, was approached by the head judge at the nationals in October to host a competition in Southland as it looked for new venues.
The sport of bodybuilding was growing in Southland with about 20 to 30 athletes regularly competing in shows, she said.
NABBA’s height/weight category had made bodybuilding more accessible, attracting more girls and lean athletic men to the sport, she said.
The NABBA Southland Bodybuilding Championships, to be held at James Hargest College senior campus, is a world qualifier for the National Athletic Committee (NAC) championships in Spain later in the year.
Duggan said she hoped the event would attract about 40 competitors from throughout New Zealand, from which three would be selected to attend the world qualifier.
The competition was open to beginner and advanced bodybuilders at junior through to masters levels.
“Those are the type of people we want to attract – people who have never competed before who want to give it a go.”