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. The event 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.
(SFBF Team – from left Tyen Fong, Alex Peak-Watkinson, Jacqie Tan, Gisele Lim & Nadiah Ahmad Jani)
Out of our relatively small Singapore Team of 7, 6 made it to the finals and bagged home medals and trophies for Singapore from huge pools of athletes in each of their respective categories.
The medallists were as follows:
Gisele Lim – 1st Place – Gold medal & trophy in Body fitness over 163cm
Alexandra Peak-Watkinson – 2nd Place – Silver medal & trophy in Body fitness over 163cm
Nur Nadiah Binte Ahmad Jani – 3rd Place – Bronze medal & trophy in Bikini Fitness up to 158cm
Tyen Fong – 4th Place medal in Bikini Fintess up to 162cm
Benjamin Broughton – 5th Place medal in Classic Bodybuilding over 180cm
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. This made these placings all the more significant. It shows 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.
(Third from left Alex Peak-Watkinson (Silver Medallist) and Third from right Gisele Lim (Gold Medallist) at Olympia Amateur Asia)
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 International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) back in 1946. The Mr. Olympia contest was designed to be the ultimate stage for the very best bodybuilders from across all parts of the world to take part in.
When Gold Medalist Gisele Lim was asked how he felt about winning his category at the Olympia Amateur Asia 2017, he replied: “I felt really honoured to win at such a prestigious event! Still feeling surreal!”
For more information on Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (SFBF), please visit http://sfbf.org.sg