Samoa Bodybuilders head to IFBB South Pacific Championships

L-R Dwayne Bentley (Team Manager) Taiwan Vili, Albert Wilson, Tunu Matautia, John Lemoa, Arona Mataia, Johannas Keil (BBFS President)

Samoa’s national body building team left Faleolo yesterday morning bound for Tahiti to compete in the IFBB South Pacific Championships.

The Samoa body building team is being led by Body Building Federation of Samoa (BBFS) President Johannas Keil and Team Manager Dwayne Bentley.

Team members returning to the IFBB South Pacific Championships are Arona Mataia, Taiwan Vili and current Samoa Body Building champion John Lemoa. Albert Wilson and the Samoa’s only woman representative Tunu Matautia will both be competing for the first time.

Speaking to Samoa Global News, Team Manager Dwayne Bentley says the team are in excellent condition ready to defend their titles from last year.

“We competed last year when it was held in the Cook Islands. We did very well and just missed out on the Overall Winner with Arona and Tai both securing Gold and John winning Silver for their respective categories,”

“Arona Mataia will compete in the Mens Physique category. He’s in contention for a professional card which will give him entry into the prestigious and highly competitive elite pro tour.”

The team’s lone female competitor and certified ZUU trainer Miss Tunu Matautia will compete in the Women’s Bodybuilding and Physique categories.

Mr Bentley says that the team would not be attending if not for the supoort of local businesses and sponsors.

“We’d like to acknowledge the support of our Sponsors the Government of Samoa, Samoa Airways, Transworks, Samoa Commercial Bank, Joe’s Gym (Bodybuilding Club), Aldan Construction, Lotopafoodie, Faleolo Airport Lounge, Samoa Pure Water and Eveni Carruthers;

“We also thank our friends and families who have supported the athletes during gruesome training and challenging diet requirements,” says the team manager.

Supporters at Faleolo Airport to see the team off.

The Samoa Airport Authority Faleolo Lounge were able to cater for the team’s specific meal requirements by providing the Samoa bodybuilders with a protein rich meal.

“So awesome to know that they also cater for travel groups, that’s great service.”

The team will also be stopping in Auckland for the IFBB NZ Championships to be held on 12th October at the Vodafone Events Centre. If you’re in Auckland go along and cheer on Team Samoa.

Watch this space: Samoa will be hosting the competition in 2020.

The team as they left Samoa

Maina Vai