Botswana’s best body builders and power lifters are expected to square up in the year’s first championship slated for The Big Five Lodge in Gaborone on the 4th of March 2017. The event, organized by Designer Physique will see both male and female competitors competing in several categories in both Bodybuilding and Powerlifting.
Powerlifting section will include the three (3) traditional lifts of squat, deadlift and bench press. Categories under powerlifting are lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight. Bodybuilding meanwhile will have four (4) categories of Junior (Under-23), senior men (heavyweight) physique, men (lightweight) physique and ladies physique. Powerlifting will be done outdoors and registration will start at 8am with the show starting at 9am. There is a registration fee of P300 for all competitors. The bodybuilding competition will be held in the evening starting from 6pm.
There will be a grand prize of P10, 000 to be won in the bodybuilding competition with several other prizes in various categories. The day will be concluded with an after party at the Big Five Lodge pool side. The event is sponsored by Travelers’ Choice, Motor Motive Engineering, USN, Clean Force, Bres Electrical, Major Muscle & Fitness, Jacks Gym, Link Pharmacy, Johnson Crane Hire and Home Corp. Negotiations are at an advanced stage with other potential sponsors.
Over the years, the Body builders has produced athletes of repute like Gontse Sechele. His portfolio saw him winning Mr Botswana a local competition for body builders organized mainly by Major Muscle and fitness a firm that deals mostly with supplements in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Still on the same competition he came 2nd in 2010 and 2013.
he has been to Pretoria with a Gold medal which he won in men's class 2 category for National Amateur Bodybuilding Association in South Africa. The second stage will be held in Durban sometimes this month if he wins he will be selected for world championships competition.
Last year 2014 Sechele came 3rd at the World Championship in Korea which he says gave him a lot of exposure and experience which he will use this time around in the World Competition. Anyone who ever thinks about Botswana would never ever think about Bodybuilding but thanks to people like Gontse Sechele who are determined to put Botswana on the map.
For Gontse Sechele who is now 30 it was in Tonota when he was schooling in Shashe River Senior School that he decided to start transforming his body in to ones he always saw only in magazines. He would look at men with 6 packs and think, "why can't I just be like them?" He was tired of feeling like a toothpick compared to everyone else. He probably took things too far and began lifting homemade weights.
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