Pillay defies odds; Eyes firm on international debut

Bodybuilder Jordan Pillay trains at Metro Gym yesterday. He is preparing for the South Pacific bodybuilding championship in New Caledonia. Picture: RAMA

HARD work pays off for reigning Mr Suva gold medallist Jordan Pillay as he makes his international debut next week at the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in New Caledonia.

Pillay will be representing Fiji in the men’s physique category.

Born and bred in the capital city, Pillay said he was confident of putting in his best at his first international tournament.

“It is out of the country, so I will be stepping out of my comfort zone and compete with some of the Pacific’s best bodybuilders,” Pillay said.

“I know it will be hard but I have put in the hard yards. I have achieved my goals during intense training and I am confident of giving my best,” the Digicel Fiji-sponsored athlete said.

“I have been working hard these past few months, working towards that one goal and it is the dedication that has put me where I am.”

It had not been an easy journey for the 25-year-old after recovering from a sickness a few years ago.

“I was always training and keeping fit. I started with athletics and went into boxing and a little bit of other sports. After I fell sick, I wanted to get back in shape.

“I thought about it and as soon as I got well I started hitting the gym and here I am.

“Training for this sport is very expensive because you have diet and specific foods that you have to buy and eat.

“I left my job to focus full time on this sport. My first tournament was last year, the Mr Suva tournament which I won in the physique category.

“That gave me a boost to reach for the stars.

“I am a father of one and my kid motivates me. I want to be a good example for my family and I thank them for always being there to support me.”

Pillay also won Mr Fiji in the men’s physique category last year.

Eleven bodybuilders will represent Fiji in the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in New Caledonia.

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