Māori finds success at Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Competition

By Tamati Tiananga

A descendent of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara and Ngāti Porou recently competed in the Arnold Classic, where he came 2nd in the Men's Physique Category Arnold Classic for 2014. His name is Sam Andrews and surprisingly enough, he was only a new competitor in last year's NZIFBB (New Zealand International Federation of Bodybuilding) competition.

He is now the number two ranked mens “Arnold Classic Amateur Physique” for this year.

There were over 140 competitors from around the world competing and Andrews thought that given he is a newcomer to the sport, his chances of a placing were not very high.

The Arnold Classic is just the third competition he has ever competed in, however, he is not without any placings as last year he won the Wellington regional competition; he came forth at the New Zealand Nationals then was invited to go to Ohio in America as a representative for New Zealand.

Sam Andrews works as a customs officer at Wellington International Airport and Sam says after discussions with NZIFBB professional, Darryn Onekawa last year he decided to give bodybuilding a go.

Andrew will now set his sights on the upcoming national competition, where it is hoped he can display some of the skills he has bought home from attending the Arnold Classic.