Bodybuilder set to take on some of SI’s best

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An Oamaru bodybuilder will face his biggest test when he competes in the South Island Bodybuilding Championships being held at the Dunedin College of Education Campus on Saturday.

Fekita Teu is looking forward to competing in his first professional bodybuilding competition.

“It will be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it, but it will be tough, as there will be a strong level of competition.”

Teu used to play enjoy playing rugby and league before he was introduced to bodybuilding.

“I was continually getting injured playing those sports and I really enjoyed going to the gym, so I wanted to continue that and was introduced to bodybuilding by a mate.”

Being the only bodybuilder in Oamaru was difficult at times, Teu said.

“It can be hard training by yourself because you can’t test yourself to the absolute limit and you can find it hard to motivate yourself.”

Teu will compete in the tall men’s 172cm and over division, with the winner from the grade given the chance to compete for the overall title.

He will compete in four different disciplines: muscular of development, muscular proportions, symmetry of development and muscular definitions.

Preparation for the event has been difficult, with strict dieting plans followed.

“It’s been tough on me and my family because I have been quite moody sometimes and haven’t been myself sometimes, but they’ve been so supportive and I want to do well for them,” he said.

Teu hopes a few more people will join him at the competition next year.

He trains with the Dunedin Powertech team, and he will compete as part of that team on Saturday.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PRACTICE: Oamaru Bodybuilder Fekita Teu strikes a pose at training last week.