Apart from one other very special event (my birthday, just in case you’re interested!) Saturday 17th March was also the fifth MASS SPC held in the Anson rooms of Bristol Student Union.
Nearly 40 competitors spent weeks training hard and fine tuning their diets to ensure they were in the best condition. If you’re interested in how to prep for such a competition, check out our article here with pro tips from Paul Rimmer, MASS Head of Fitness Education.
We wanted to start by saying a huge thank you to the entire MASS team, who pulled off what might have been the most well run SPC to date. The show went smoothly, the atmosphere was electric, we got some great video and photo content and our Instagram story was on point! If you missed the action then head over to Instagram and watch the highlights @massspc.
This year we saw a very high standard in the women’s bikini classes. So, competition was strong between the ladies competing. Honourable mention to Zoe Panaretou, the only Fresher competitor, who was entered into the Women’s Short competition.
Aston, Anna and Helen
All eyes were on Aston Worsfold in the Bikini Short category who impressed all of the judges. Aston won first place, with Anna Kukkola in second and Helen Winpenny placing third.
Greta, Sophie and Hattie
Greta Supinaite won the Bikini Tall category, with Sophie Keeble a very close second. Sophie’s posing was especially impressive, her t-walk blew the audience away and put her in contention to win the medal. Hattie Pearsey placed third.
Overall bikini winner: Aston Worsfold
The overall female winner was Aston but Greta definitely gave her a run for her money! In the end Aston’s evident experience, confidence and stage presence pushed her to the top.
Hattie and Liza
The judges had a tough time with the Figure category as both competitors had very different strengths. In the end Hattie Pearsey took first place, with Liza Druce a very close second. The judges felt that Hattie had superior condition (and great shoulders!), though Liza with her posing and size has fantastic potential.
Let’s not forget the men, and there were definitely some strong physiques in all of the male categories. The general consensus was that the Freshers were especially good, considering their age. Sadly, there were no Men’s Short competitors this competition.
Physique – Fresher
Ahmed Radi in first place, with Marwan Atwya in second and Marc-Sebastian McGovern in third
Physique – Medium
Serag, Will and Jack
We were very pleased for Will Wheelton who was back for his second year competing. With lots of support in the audience he won 2nd place. The abs and condition on Serag Buhaweia meant that he won a deserved 1st place in the Physique Medium category.
Physique – Tall
Allen, Dominic and Lloyd
For the Men’s Tall, close behind Allen Imegwu was Dom O’Connor. Dom had a great look, posing and proportions but was lacking on fullness going into the second half of the show. Lloyd Phillips came an honourable third. Allen winning male overall was a unanimous decision by the judges. He had an amazing physique; we can see great things for him in the future!
Alex, Robert and Jack
Men’s Classic Bodybuilding saw some beautiful classic physiques and equally beautiful posing routines. Alex Kent won this category with a fabulous physique and Robert Kelly came a close second. We also wanted to give a notable mention to Jack Brown who competed in both classic and physique, winning two 3rd place medals. Arguably, Jack brought the best condition of the day with perfect symmetry but lacked a little in size.
Men’s overall physique was won by Allen Imegwu
Abdul striking a pose
Abdul Rehman of Brighton University won the public vote with over 500 Likes! He’s bagged himself a professional photoshoot alongside the overall category winners. Thanks to everyone who voted for their favourites on our Facebook page.
Uni team winners
The Leeds Beckett team claiming their trophy from Mike Tennant
The three main players for the University Team awards were University of East Anglia with 4 competitors, Coventry University with 5 competitors and Leeds Beckett Uni with 3 competitors. Coventry and UEA both brought great teams with some good athletes. Coventry were the biggest team of the day with 5 competitors, but Leeds Beckett played it smart and had two of their three competitors entering 2 categories which equated to them having 5 competitors in the points system. And so, on that basis, their 5 competitors won more points than Coventry’s overall – pipping them to the title. Jack Brown of Leeds Beckett definitely had a part to play in this by winning 3rd place in the two categories he took part in.
What a day!! Thank you to the competitors who put in the hard work, this was evident in the way you presented yourselves on the day.
Our sponsors, Maximuscle, were awesome and made a huge impact on the day! All spectators received a T-Shirt and protein bar; all competitors got a full goodie bag and winners took home products proportionate to their placings. Maximuscle ambassador Wole sat on the judging panel and served, not only as an excellent spokesman for Maximuscle, but also as an inspiration for all of our competitors. Ambassador Jenner mingled with the spectators where she passed on advice and answered questions on Maximuscle products.
Team Box awarded two sponsorships to competitors who they a) thought they could work well with and b) saw as having the potential for future success. These lucky people were… Aston and Greta. The sponsorships are for 6 months of online contest prep coaching, worth £1250 each. Well done ladies!
Greta and Aston with Team Box
Last but not least, we wanted to express our appreciation to all judges who did an excellent job and awarded some worthy champions. They were ambassadors for the sport and role models of career success in the fitness industry. Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!
David Bissell, MASS President, was the ever enigmatic MC for the event has a few final words to share…
“The quality of the SPC competitors was really high this year. The energy in the room was high and I think this was our best event yet. As always, we learn a lot from putting the show together and we’re looking forward to putting together an even better event next year!”