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Inspired Singapore Team bag 4 medals at the Prestigious Arnold Classic Asia

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Press release reprinted and photos posted with permission and courtesy from Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (SFBF)

Four Singaporean athletes bag medals in the bodybuilding division of the prestigious Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival.

On the weekend of the 19-21 August, 2016 eight Singaporean athletes made their way to Hong Kong to represent their country through the Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (SFBF), which is the only federation in Singapore recognised by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB).

In a pool of over 200 athletes and some tough competition from over 30 countries, the team from Singapore managed to secure four medals across three different categories at the First Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival held in Hong Kong.

In addition to these placings another 3 competitors made the finals in their respective categories, which is narrowed down to the top 6 athletes.

These comprised of one gold medal in the Women’s Physique Category won by veteran competitor Joan Liew, one Silver medal in the Men’s Junior Bodybuilding won by Benjamin Broughton, another silver medal in the Women’s Masters Bikini Fitness category won by Ziela Eriksen and a Bronze medal in the same category by Shontel Chow.

The Fitness and Bodybuilding scene in Singapore has been through a rough period over recent years and desperately needed some morale and confidence rebuilding for the athletes and for the sport.

“What the Singapore team did over this last weekend was exactly that. The whole team pulled together and created a great team spirit, united and supporting one another like a family”, said Mr. Alex Michael Betts, President of SFBF.

“This is how sport should be and it was heart warming to witness this. To do this and to bring home four medals from a prestigious international event is quite a feat!”, continued Mr. Betts.

This was not just a competition to which Singapore sent a group of athletes, but something of a re-birth for the sport and a huge step forwards in the healing process for all Singaporean competitors who have been disheartened over the years by politics and many inconsistencies with federations shutting down and changing names and essentially putting the wellbeing of the Athletes second.


Benjamin Broughton

Silver Winner Ben from Singapore.
Silver Winner Ben (Left of photo) from Singapore.

Benjamin Broughton, Silver Medal Winner in the Mens Junior Bodybuilding Category. This was Ben’s first IFBB competition. At the young age of 22, Ben has bags of potential to take his physique to the next level.

1. What was your driving force for getting into this sport of fitness and bodybuilding ?

I have always admired a muscular physique, I only really got into bodybuilding after I injured myself during a rugby game and could no longer play competitive rugby. What started as rehab soon grew into a passion for bodybuilding! It is the road with no end. There is always something to be improved, that’s what I love about bodybuilding.

Ben in most muscular pose.
Ben in most muscular pose.

2. What does winning a medal from the first Arnold Classic Asia mean to you?

It means a great deal to me, it reinforces my beliefs that hard work can earn you anything. I was the tall lanky kid in school that nobody thought would ever be even described as muscular, with enough hard work I’ve now transformed myself and earned a medal for my country. It is a great achievement and some thing I will always hold dear when I look back on it.

3. What advice would you how to young Singaporeans who want to join this sport ?

Believe in yourself, there will be a million reasons why you cannot do it. Just find one reason why you can and work towards it. If you truly love bodybuilding, nothing in this world can stop you.


Ziela Eriksen

Arnold shaking hands of Ziela
Arnold shaking hands of Ziela

Silver Medalist in the Bikini Fitness Masters Division Ziela Eriksen , Singaporean born, has been living away from Singapore for 17 years now with her family in Norway and was keen to represent her home country.

1. What was your driving force for getting into this sport of fitness and bodybuilding ?

When my third child was born, the weight gain train just continued. At that time, being fit and healthy was not top priority. Kids and family was on top of the priority list. It was until my youngest was 3 years old, and we were visiting Singapore that something triggered. A man offered me a seat on the MRT because he thought I was pregnant. That was a wake up call. It’s a long story after that, but it went from being a weight loss mission to an interest in fitness and then it became a passion and a lifestyle.

Sharona, Ziela (Center) and Giselle.
Sharona, Ziela (Center) and Giselle.

2. What does winning a medal from the first Arnold Classic Asia mean to you?

Arnold Classic is a very prestigious competition and being first in Asia makes it even special. For me to be able to compete in this competition is already a privilege. I was already over the moon to be able to represent my country in this prestigious competition. To have been in the finals would have been an icing on the cake but to win a medal was definitely the cherry on top…..

3. What advice would you how to young Singaporeans who want to join this sport ?

Hard work, consistency and passion for the sport goes a long way. A small progress is better than no progress. Take small steps. It’s not a sprint it’s a marathon. It’s a lifestyle.


Joan Liew

Joan Liew Front

Joan Liew something of a legend in the sport in Singapore has taken the Gold medal in the Women’s Physique Division – the clear winner, outshining her competitors with her polished routine and prowess on stage.

1. What was your driving force for getting into this sport of fitness and bodybuilding ?

Passion. Since age 9.

2. What does winning a medal from the first Arnold Classic Asia mean to you?

It’s my 2nd Gold medal for the Arnold Classic. My first was at the world’s top competition at the Arnold Classic Columbus. It’s an Honour to be winning for the first Arnold in Asia

Another shot of the Women's Physique Champion, Joan Liew showing off her fantastic level of conditioning from the back.
Another shot of the Women’s Physique Champion, Joan Liew showing off her fantastic level of conditioning from the back.

3. What advice would you how to young Singaporeans who want to join this sport ?

Patience and humility to achieve success. No short cuts, no easy way out, and remember it takes time to build a beautiful physique. And always be humble and open to learning, from the right mentors and coaches.


Shontel Chow

Shontel at Arnold's Classic Asia Backstage.
Shontel at Arnold’s Classic Asia Backstage.

Shontel Chow took the Bronze medal in the Bikini Fitness Masters Division. Shontel is currently resident in Hong Kong and was also keen to represent Singapore at the First Arnold’s Sports Festival in Asia.

1. What was your driving force for getting into this sport of fitness and bodybuilding ?

I started working out at the gym as I wanted a flatter tummy two years ago. Gradually, I became fascinated by the changes it made to my body and realised how our bodies can be sculptured through a good workout regime. People around me also noticed the positive changes to my body and started paying me compliments. That really convinced me that I am on the right path and there is no turning back. Now, I hope to show women around me that lifting weights will not make them bulky like men. Instead, they can be toned, fit, slender and curvy.

Shontel in blue bikini.
Shontel in blue bikini.

2. What does winning a medal from the first Arnold Classic Asia mean to you?

Arnold Asia was not an easy competition as there were many non Asian competitors such as Russians, Latinos and Europeans. Being able to beat most of them proved that even an Asian can be trained and be equally competitive. It also really built my confidence in competing in foreign countries after winning my first medal in Arnold Asia.

3. What advice would you how to young Singaporeans who want to join this sport ?

My advice to young Singaporeans is: never fear, never give up! Bodybuilding is not an easy sport but they will gain much more than what they put in. Other than gaining vitality and a healthy physique, they will also gain confidence, discipline, and determination. The respect and recognition they get from admirers is the icing on the cake. Lifting weights has given me a confidence I’d never had before


Photo Gallery

Alex Betts, President of Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (SFBF) and Joan Liew.
Alex Betts, President of Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (SFBF) and Joan Liew.
Brendan photo with his family.
Brendan photo with his family. He placed 6th in the Juniors and 5th in the Under 65kg category.
Brendan competed in Men's Junior Bodybuilding at Arnold Classic Asia.
Brendan competed in Men’s Junior Bodybuilding at Arnold Classic Asia.
Brendan (No. 110) - Far Right.
Brendan (No. 110) – Far Right.
From Left - Marg Treanor, Excell Chua, Alex Betts, Sharona Hurmuses and Ziela Eriksen.
From Left – Marg Treanor, Excell Chua, Alex Betts, Sharona Hurmuses and Ziela Eriksen.
Gold Winner Physique from Singapore - Joan Liew.
Gold Winner Physique from Singapore – Joan Liew.
Melissa Sarah Wee (competed in Women's Physique category).
Melissa Sarah Wee (competed in Women’s Physique category).
Women's Physique at Arnold Classic Asia.
Women’s Physique at Arnold Classic Asia.
SG Team Medalists (from left - Ziela, Joan & Shontel).
SG Team Medalists (from left – Ziela, Joan & Shontel).

For more news of Arnold Classic Asia or our local bodybuilders, go to http://www.sfbf.org.sg/

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