Local bodybuilder Gontse Sechele’s dream of competing at the Bodybuilding World Cup Championships coming true after qualified for the elite competition. Sechele will compete in Pretoria on November 6-7, 2015. Sechele competed in the South African National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA) Provincial competitions in September where he got position one. He then competed in the national competition on October 10 and won himself a spot at the World Cup Championships. He has been competing under South Africa because Botswana does not have any bodybuilding association that is affiliated to the world federations.
Through the NABBA association, Sechele has been exposed to international stages. He represented them in Seoul, South Korea in the WFF Universe Championships and in Australia. His continuous hassle for sponsorship in his sport has never deterred him from reaching his dreams. Sechele said his diet and the preparations cost him a lot, but as always, he wouldn’t want to disappoint his dedicated sponsors who have been with him amidst all the challenges. Unlike other mainstream sports, bodybuilding requires discipline throughout and it takes sheer determination and grit to be able to fare well with the rest of the other bodybuilders in the world. Sechele has been working tirelessly to make his mind and body ready for the competition.
He believes he has got what it takes to win the competition in his category because that will see him getting a pro-card, which is a dream of every bodybuilder to have one. “I really want to get a pro card, because you only get it if you are number one, so I have to get it,” he said. One of his sponsors Thea Khama has always advocated for a strong culture of sport in the country devoid of blasé attitudes, corruption, backbiting and bias. She acknowledged that Sechele has been doing his sport on his own and succeeding regardless of lack of funding. This time around Botswana Body Building and Weight Lifting Federation (BBWFF), which is an affiliate of Botswana National Sports Commission, has pitched in to help him prepare for the competition and to take him there since he will be representing Botswana.
BBWFF Secretary General Alex Rankgwe said they appreciate what Sechele has achieved especially that he did everything on his own. He said they will be helping him financially to prepare for the championship. He will leave on October 30 for South Africa. For a very long time he has been sponsored by BRESS and Energym where Tshekedi Khama’s family has been fully supportive. Some of his new sponsors are Choppies, MTS Metal Testing Service and Citizen Design. His manager is Kaedi Khama.