’14 Model Universe Top 5 finalist Melissa Darmawan thanks everyone who has supported her along the way. She says, “So grateful for the experience to spend my fitness modeling career in the US last year and to meet so many great people. I have done more shoots than I thought I would have between here in Australia and the U.S. which I’m quite touched by. My dream of being a Model by spirit and by career has come true year after year and thank you for your words of encouragement to never give up and for all the messages of how I’ve helped you along the way.”
Australian's Melissa Darmaw & Byron Sakha were finalists at Ms. Bikini Universe and Model Universe shows last month in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Melissa says, "We graced a fitness cover together for the start of 2014 and both came home with a trophy that weekend representing Australia red, loud and proud."
Model Australia Champion Ben Handsaker was a favorite for Model America last month in Las Vegas. The 5'11", 189 lbs., cover model and celebrity sports star unexpectedly withdrew at the last minute. Ben explains, " I burst a large hernia I have on abs last week. I was pushing extremely hard in the gym! As I wanted to have an 8 pack popping on stage for the World Championships. That will teach me for doing leg raises with 12 kg dumbbell between my feet supersets with leg press. I have had the hernia for over 3 years but never got it operated on because I didn't want to take the foot off the accelerator with my fitness goals. As the surgery has a 6 week recovery time with no weights training." Ben says his healing's on track and everyone should plan to see him on stage at Model Universe in Miami in June . . . with an eight pack!
Model America™ Champion Mark Robinson is staying in shape for lots of shoots including one today with Action Shots in Queensland, Australia and shutterbug Ryan Aucoin. Everything was shot at the Palazzo Versace Fitness & Wellbeing Centre. Mark's popularity is burgeoning among Australia photographers and he's looking forward to soon making a move to the US market, too.
The Fitness America Weekend™ Team Championships was just awarded to Team Australia, a hotly competitive group of 6 competitors who accumulated 95 points by winning multiple classes or divisions. Top Aussie point winners included new Ms. Bikini America™ Hattie Boydle (27 points), Ms. Bikini and Model Classic Winner Kristen Lonie (20 points) and Musclemania® World Champion Nathan Wallace (20 points). Other Top 5 Teams including Team Savage Warrriors (2nd Place, 82 points), Team Korea #1 (3rd Place, 71 points), Team Australian Natural Bodz (4th Place, 65 points) and Team New Mexico Iron (5th Place, 60 points). Complete placings and scores are available here.
Competitors can represent a trainer or coach, local, regional or national fitness centers, sports clubs or other companies and national teams. Teams can be composed of 3 to 10 people and each with a team leader. Each team may have competitors that are competing in different classes and divisions. And, if a team gets too large, then they can split and form two or more separate teams.
In the 2014 season, the following shows will feature the Team Championships:
Fitness Universe Weekend
Fitness America Weekend
Fitness New York