On 13 May, the new official Mr. and Miss Singapore 2018 were crowned at the IFBB Singapore Nationals at the School of the Arts (SOTA) theatre on Zubir Drive.
The action was kicked off with a rock ‘n roll band performance that set the house on fire by the talented and energetic band – “Dirty Perfect” starring Teague Bass, Luke Buirski and Shahril Ossuary
As well as the national champions being crowned there were some highly contested international categories with athletes from 15 different countries battling for top spot and for the IFBB Elite Pro Cards that were up for grabs for the overall champions.
3 out of the 4 Elite Pro cards awarded were taken by Singaporeans, who not only beat all their local rivals in the National Championships, but also proved themselves against all the foreign athletes in the International Championships.
The 4 overall champions taking the IFBB Elite Pro Cards were Sam Enaya (Singapore) for Men’s Bodybuilding, Muhammad Abdillah Shah (Singapore) for Men’s Physique and Classic Bodybuilding, Nadiah AJ (Singapore) for Women’s Bikini Fitness and Alex Peak-Watkinson (Australia) for Women’s Bodyfitness.
There were a total of 21 categories with the top 6 in each category taking a medal and the top three in each category taking home medals, trophies and prizes from sponsors. Then the winners from each of these categories were entered into the finals to battle it out for be overall titles.
This event once again showed how strong Singapore can be in this sport, despite our relatively lower numbers we still produced some amazing results and champions galore! Majulah Singapura!
The Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (SFBF) will launch a National Bodybuilding competition called “The IFBB Singapore Nationals” on 13 May 2018.
This competition will relaunch the national bodybuilding championships that were once the pride of Singaporeans in the 90s. It was in the 90s that Singaporeans saw the likes of Augustine Lee and Azman Abdullah two famous local bodybuilding champions that led the charge for Singapore to be on the official bodybuilding World Map. They brought fame and glory to the nation and the sport.
During the 90s, we saw the Singaporean bodybuilding craze that lasted for over a decade. However, the momentum fizzed out due to various issues including industry infighting and other problems. The new SFBF headed by Alex Betts (SFBF President) and Nur Fauzi (SFBF Vice-President) intends to bring the “glory days” back to the industry.
“The industry has suffered from poor image and lacklustre public response for years now and we intend to change all that,” said Alex. He continued to add: “I am making sure that the championships will be in the true vein of the sport and that all judging and rules will follow the international standards set by the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness)”.
The one-day event will have athletes from both National and International levels participating in the championships. It is intentional and necessary for us to inject the flavour and essence of international competition to the local scene to show local athletes the immense potential that they can achieve with hard work. Whether it is a local athlete or an international one we will assure everyone that they are the STARS of this sport for the day.
“The Nationals is a show where the SFBF will unveil its mission to support the local athletes and grow the sport the right way and to eventually put Singapore back on the International Bodybuilding scene once again,” said Excell Chua, the Secretary-general of SFBF.
The SFBF is aware of the negative image that has tarnished the sport over the last few years and are working with its international body to revive the image and to make a firm comeback in the local and regional scene.
We think the time is right for a comeback of the sport as we see more and more people coming on back to bodybuilding. There is an increase in people of all ages showing interest in this sport and not knowing how to progress. The SFBF feels that we can lead this new group of athletes and groom them into potential international stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno (The incredible Hulk), or Steve Reeves (Hercules) stars from the IFBB stable.
The Singapore Nationals 2018 will be the launching pad for many local “stars” as well as regional and international athletes. This we hope will be the first of several events that will take place in 2018- 2019 calendar.
7 Athletes representing Singapore as part of the Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (SFBF), which is the only IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness) sanctioned organisation in Singapore, travelled to Hong Kong this week to take part in the prestigious Olympia Amateur Asia, which hosts over 400 athletes from huge nations around Asia, the Middle East and the UK in what is by far the biggest fitness and bodybuilding event in Asia. This was a three day affair running from the 23rd to the 26th October 2017.
Out of our relatively small Singapore Team of 7, 6 made it to the finals and bagged home medals & trophies for Singapore from huge pools of athletes in each of their respective categories.
The medalists were as follows:
1st Place – Gisele Lim – Gold medal & trophy in Bodyfitness over 163cm 2nd Place – Alexandra Peak-Watkinson – Silver medal & trophy in Bodyfitness over 163cm 3rd Place – Nur Nadiah Binte Ahmad Jani – Bronze medal & trophy in Bikini Fitness up to 158cm
4th Place – Tyen Fong – 4th Place medal in Bikini Fintess up to 162cm 5th Place – Benjamin Broughton – 5th Place medal in Classic Bodybuilding over 180cm 6th Place – Sam Enaya – 6th Place medal in Classic Bodybuilding up to 175cm
Michael Ling also made the top 10 in a stacked Men’s Physique category which saw him to the semi-finals but sadly just missed the cut for the final 6.
“The Singapore team was up against huge teams from nations such as Iran, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Mongolia, the UAE, Egypt, the UK, among others which made these placings all the more significant, showing that there is a great deal of home grown potential in Singapore to really make a mark on the world stage of Fitness and Bodybuilding, which is something the SFBF is working to nurture and grow”, said Alex Michael Betts, President of Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (SFBF).
“Even more special and impressive than the medals and placings was the team spirit and professionalism demonstrated by all the athletes, who supported, encouraged and guided one another through thick and thin. This is true sportsmanship and exactly how this and every sport should be, like a family! In this case the IFBB family. All members of the team did themselves and the Republic of Singapore proud! Majulah Singapura! ”, continued Mr. Betts.
The Olympia Amateur is one of the most prestigious stage for any Amateur Fitness and Bodybuilding athlete to set foot on – for many it is something they many only ever dream of doing. Joe Weider’s Olympia was founded by the man who is known as the “father of bodybuilding”, the late Mr. Joe Weider, who was also one of the founders of the Internatinal Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) back in 1946. The Mr. Olympia contest was designed to be the ulitmate stage for the very best bodybuilders from across all parts of the world to take part in.