Average Joes take on Bodybuilders
By Jude Toyat
IT WAS A FUN AFTERNOON for visitors at the Kuching Waterfront on August 15 as they were able to meet and compete with local bodybuilders in the inaugural ‘Badang Co-op Challenge’, an event held in conjunction with the 14th National Cooperatives Day.
The side event organised by state National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) with support from Cooperative Commission of Malaysia (CCM) and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry involved 10 ‘Ironman Sarawak’ contestants who prepared 10 Fear Factor-inspired challenges for 10 randomly selected individuals at the event.
“It’s not really about a show of strength. It is a challenge aimed at attracting the visitors to the event and at the same time getting their interest in sports and leisure. It is meant to provide fun and entertainment to all,” said facilitator of the challenge Suhaili Mat.
The mini event received positive response from local and foreign tourists and it was entertaining to see them compete in challenges posed by the group of local bodybuilders known as ‘Geng Babyface’ (GBF).
The members of Geng Babyface are Suhaili himself, Abang Mohammad Saffrizar Abang Sahari, Hazari Ali, Jury Amrullah, Amin Zani Zainudin, Mohd Zakri Bujang, Japar Amin @ Along, Alias Mat, Majid Maidin and Neil Iskanda.
The ten randomly selected individuals competed with the local bodybuilders and weightlifting athletes in ten fun and easygoing games including chugging down a big bottle of soft drink, ‘palak angol’, cracking open a coconut with six-inch nail and a gunny sack race, to name a few.
Those who took part in the challenges received hampers courtesy of CCM, while GBF members were awarded medals by Sarawak JKKN cultural officer Yufazli Yusof.