Click here to see Report, Video and Pics of the NZFBB Wellington Champs! 

Lisa's Happy Snaps!

Go Figure TV. Part 1. See all the behind the scenes action video from the Wellington Champs here. Athletes featured: Mandi Matheson, Donna James, Rod Bannister, Ross the Rock and more! here

Go Figure TV. Part 2. 
 IFBB Pro Mike Kingsnorth Guest Poser here

With brand new starting times, the NZFBB Wellington Bodybuliding Champs seemed to just fly by ....or perhaps it was just the super efficient Terry Hills and his team of backstage marshalls that made the event ran so smoothly! The morning show began at 11am and it was finished by 12.30pm much to the delight of athletes, marshalls and audience alike so we can all have a lunch break.

The show attracted 26 athletes who were aiming to qualify for the Nationals (which will also be in Wellington) later this year. While the numbers were small, was great to see athletes putting in the effort to diet so early in the year to get into condition for this show. There was pretty even numbers between girls and guys but it was good to see there was more physique than figure girls for a change.
Lisa with Terry Hills
Mel Westland from Christchurch was in great condition and she took out the Overall Figure Title. Mandi Matheson took off her bodyfitness shoes to go back into physique class for this show and took out the Overall title while John Dearaza who won the Novice 70-80kg class took out the overall Mens Title with his super symmetry and mass.

Other athletes of note would be Katrina in the Novice Physique class who shows awesome muscle potential. Check out her profile in
'Wonder Woman'. While Ross in the Masters Class would have had the best condition of the show. More pics of him in 'hunk of the moment'.
Terry training up the next generation, Stefanos his son.
Ofcourse the highlight of the evening show, which began at the early time of 5pm, was the guest posing of NZ's recent IFBB Pro Mike Kingsnorth.  He entertained the crowd with his 7 minute routine and included going into the audience as part of his posing. Many ladies were thrilled I'm sure!  We'll have video interview with Mike in a future update, he poses for us too.

It was strange to have the show finish at 8.30pm but I think this is a much better format for the athletes as they can enjoy their post contest treat while the restaurants are open without having to trek around for treat food!.  All in all, a great well run show and thanks Terry for letting me and Go Figure share the happy snaps with our viewers.

Enjoy the pics!

Lisa, Go Figure
there's a few stage pics at bottom of page, also check out

The Pics


Overall Winners
Mandi Matheson, Physique. John Dearaza, Melanie Westland, Figure

The Figure Girls

above left: Donna James

above: Melanie Westland

left: Novice Figure Short
Louise, Deb, Andrea

The Physique Girls

Nov o55 and u55kg:
Nina and Julie
Masters o35:
Karen and Loren
Open Phys: Irene and Mandi
 Mandi  Katrina: 1st Nov o55kg  Ann, 1st o45. Karen and Loren

The Boys

 Ross, 1st masters men o40  Rod, 1st classic men  John, 1st nov men 70-80kg
masters men:
Chris, Maurice, Paul
Andy, open men u70
Rod, classic men
 John and Richard
Open 70-80kg
Trevor, Mike, Adam
 Mike, 1st Open 70-80kg  Richard, 1st novice u70
Phily Nuku with his
winning boys
Couples winner,
Ross and Irene
Andy, 1st open u70kg

Guest Poser, Mike Kingsnorth

 Mike Kingsnorth Video Interview here

A few Stage Pics. More available from

    above: Physique classes
left: Figure classes
     Men's Overall Comparisons

2008 Les Mills NZFBB Wellington Champs Results 

Teenage Men (Under 18)

1st:     Brenton Vesty

Masters Men Over 40          
1st:     Ross Gray   
2nd:    Maurice Godtschalk

Masters Men Over 50          
1st:     Paul Adams 
2nd:    Chris Mechen

Masters Women Over 35                   
1st:     Karen Tamatea          
2nd:    Lauren Robey

Masters Women Over 45                   
1st:     Ann Thompson        

Senior Figure Over 35
1st:     Donna James

Novice Women Under 55 kg   
1st:     Julie Houghton         

Novice Women Over 55kg      
1st:     Katrina Philip   
2nd:    Nina Ryan

Novice Figure - Short

1st:     Louise Sinniah-Burr
2nd:    Andrea Keene
3rd:    Deb Wilkins

Novice Figure - Tall
1st:     Sonia Burling

Open Figure - Short
1st:     Melanie Westland

Open Women Over 55kg
1st:     Mandi Matheson
2nd:    Irene Braithwaite


Novice Men Under 70        
1st:     Richard Tam    

Novice Men 70-80kg

1st:     John Dearaza

Classic Men

1st:     Rod Bannister

Open Men Under 70
1st:     Andy Hill

Open Men 70-80kg

1st:     Mike Kharkrang
2nd:    Trevor Faatui
3rd:     Adam Gyongyos

Mixed Pairs
1st:     Ross Gray & Irene Braithwaite

Best Posing Routine (Male)
Mike Kharkrang

Best Posing Routine (Female)
Katrina Philip

Best Team
Les Mills Hutt City

Overall Womens Figure

Mel Westland

Overall Womens Physique

Mandi Matheson

Overall Men

John Dearaza



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