Arshad Masdin wins WHF’s Ironman title in first attempt
By Jude Toyat
His first foray in Ironman World Harvest Festival (WHF), a competition designed to test participants’ abilities, strength and endurance this year, proved to be a stepping stone for fitness trainer Arshad Masdin after he beat out 14 other finalists for the coveted title.
The 24-year-old tall and muscular guy from Kota Belud, Sabah who works at Level Up Fitness and Kuching Supplements here won the competition after he had successfully overcame a total of 15 events that started on April 29 and ended May 1.
“I chose to participate in this competition because I want to test my abilities. I never expected that it would turn out to become an attempt that brought me my major success in the bodybuilding field. I will continue to pursue my passion in this field in the near future by entering more competitions.”
The hardest part of the Ironman challenge was pulling a tyre weighing 100 kilograms, said Arshad who is a graduate of diploma in sports science at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Samarahan.
For first runner-up of Ironman WHF 2016 Majid Maydin, 32, this has been his greatest achievement by far after three years of participating in the competition.
“The most challenging part for me was going through the jungle carrying loads for three kilometres. My current weight has been a major obstacle for me in this competition,” said the winner of Kuching’s Strongest Man recently.
Majid who is a lance corporal with the police force explained some of the preparation he did for WHF 2016 included constantly improving his stamina and getting tips and advice from seniors in the field who have participated in this competition.
Champion of Ironman WHF 2016 bagged home RM1,500, a trophy, medal, certificate and Milo hampers, while first runner-up received cash prize of RM1, 250, medal, certificate and Milo hampers. Second runner-up Amir Hanafi Ali took home cash prize of RM1, 000, a medal, certificate and Milo hampers.
Consolation prizes that include cash prize of RM300, a medal, certificate, and Milo hamper was presented to Waasik Iddris, George Frederick, Abang Mohd Safrizar, Zakaria Jeman, Azwan Chi Abdullah, Neil Iskandar Haiji, Azandi Abu Bakar, Suhaili Mat, Mohd Syafiq Abdul Aziz, Dino Alfa James, and Eswandi Ismail.
Ironman WHF 2016 coordinator Ibrahim Chong Abdullah said he was satisfied with the progress of the three-day competition and the overwhelming response from participants who consist of professional sportsmen.
“They are all well-trained and well-prepared prior to the competition. This year, we received over 50 hopefuls, and featured a total of 15 activities.
This year’s format featured cultural-based activities including peeling the skin off the coconut, chopping woods, carrying gallons of water, and gunny sacks weighing 50kg.
“This goes along with the cultural orientation of the World Harvest Festival 2016, with the introduction of a new activity known as the balancing walk,” he said.
When asked about the planning for next year’s WHF, Ibrahim said that he will feature a major change which not only feature male, but also female participants.
“It is still in the planning and sponsorship process. If the sponsorship that we will receive is sufficient, we will continue with our mission to bring a female category in the annual event. There will be two different categories for male and female participants,” he added.
Ironman WHF 2016 is sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors and Milo.