Average Joes take on Bodybuilders

By Jude Toyat


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Challenges facilitator Suhaili (centre) with his fellow bodybuilders in Geng BabyFace (GBF).


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.

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Ariff Airwani Mohamad Jaafar, 28, from Kuching, with his prize for participation in the ‘Badang Co-op’ challenge.


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A member of the public competed in the eating of cake challenge with Ironmen World Harvest Festival 2015 champion Jury Amrullah (second right).


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One of the challenges saw participants competing to be the first to fill up a water bottle with water from a sponge.


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A public challenger received a hamper as a token of appreciation for taking part in the challenge.


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The ‘palak angol’ challenge where contestants need to blow up a balloon, place their foreheads on the end of a broomstick and spin around it several and then attempt to walk to the finish line with the balloon between their legs. It was a gleeful sight to see both of them wobbling their dizzily to the finish line.


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GBF man Armin leading the balloon-between-legs race.


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Suhaili (centre) keeping the excitement going, as GBF member Hazari (right) and a tourist from Spain dehusk coconuts using six-inch nails.


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The tourist receiving a hamper as a token of appreciation.


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Happy contestants taking part in the gunny sack race challenge.


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The gunny sack challenger being given a hamper as token of appreciation.


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Arif Airwani Mohamad Jaafar taking part in the Sarawak Golf challenge.


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GBF members cheering one of their own during the hilarious ‘Sarawak Gold’ segment of the challenge.


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A foreign tourist taking part in the blowing of balloon and sit on it until it pops.



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Blowing the balloons challenge until they explode.



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