Bodybuilding classic in Sale

THE inaugural Gippsland Classic bodybuilding competition will be held at the Sale Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 9.

Organisers said this will be the first time an event of its kind has been held east of Melbourne.

Sale will welcome competitors from all over the state in what organisers hoped will become an ongoing event.

The prospect of winning the first Gippsland Classic title will ensure a top line-up of competitors.

Event co-ordinator Dee Barbas said the Gippsland Classic would provide a good opportunity to raise awareness of a growing sport.

“Bodybuilding has quite a large following, but competitions are generally focussed on the Melbourne metro area, making it difficult for potential competitors from regional areas.”

Local bodybuilders, trainers and owners of Sale Health and Fitness gym, Rod and Dee Barbas were approached by the International Natural Bodybuilding Association to host the event.

INBA online sales director David Clancey said the association was the first bodybuilding organisation in the world to offer complete ‘straight-to-stage’ online registration, providing ease of registration to competitors.

Clancey said competitors no longer needed to spend days in a location before an event to complete their registration, thus enabling bodybuilding events such as the Gippsland Classic to be held in regional centres.

Clancey said the INBA operated with the full support of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and welcomed its representation at every event the association held. The INBA prides itself on its strict anti-doping policy and natural bodybuilding competition.

For more information or to register for the Gippsland Classic visit www.icompetenatural.com.