BULAWAYO-based bodybuilder Gabriel Grapedza is confident that he will scoop the top accolade in the forthcoming Mr Western Zimbabwe, a national bodybuilding contest that will be held in Bulawayo on 29 September.
Last year he was a runner-up and so believes he has what it takes.
a�?This year is my time. I will not let anything stand in my way and I am determined to achieve my goal,a�? he said.
He will compete under team Bodyworks Gym and his training partner Brian a�?Goliatha�? Tshuma, a former boxer, is optimistic of a Grapedza victory.
a�?He has the potential to win it because he has been training non-stop in preparation for this yeara��s competition. He is a hard worker and Ia��m very much confident that he will make us proud,a�? said Tshuma.
In reference to his failure to claim the top accolade in lasta��s yeara��s competition, Grapedza said he faced a myriad ofA�A� challenges, chief among them being cramps.
a�?One week before last yeara��s competition I experienced cramps, a development that negatively impacted on my performance,a�? he said.