BODY building commenced yesterday with a huge turnout of beefcakes in this year’s games with 70 participants.
Newcomers to the event included East New Britain and West New Britain, who also took stage for the contest of masculinity.
This year’s contest also saw an increase in women’s interest in the sport with a total of 10 female bodybuilders taking part, which is two twice more than the previous turnout.
President of the PNG Bodybuilding Federation Ronald Haihavu said: “Since pin-up PNG female bodybuilder Iva Write left the sport, not so much interest was shown by women body builders until now, which is good.”
Yesterday’s show involved compulsory poses from all participants in their respective weight divisions to tally scores for today’s finals along with individual routines at the Moresby Arts Theatre.
So far, eyes are on newcomer Misa Avefa of Eastern Highlands, who was very impressive on the first day in the women’s U57kg category.
She has impressed the judges and bodybuilding scouts alike.
Mr Haihavu said she was notably impressive with a very good physique that could take her all the way.
He added that for a while now he had been scouting around for such talent and physique to fill in the women’s representative spots and Avefa happens to have just what it takes to represent PNG.
Meanwhile, Jane Apie’e, also from EHP, who is no rookie to the stage, has improved a lot from previous contests with her physique as well.
So far, in the U52kg division Sarah Williams from EHP, Juliana Maso and Rachael Torang from Bougainville and all three participants from the U57kg and over 57kg divisions will compete in today’s finals.