Female bodybuilder targets schools


The country’s first ever female bodybuilder, Doreen ‘Dee’ Kumbatira has said plans to coax more ladies to take up the sport were underway as she intends to scout talent from schools.

Kumbatira said the sport was making slow progress in the country because most women feel that lifting weights was meant for men only.

“It’s a fairly male dominant sport but many women elsewhere are getting into the sport and doing really well. Most women feel when they lift weights they will look like men which is not the case,” she said.


Kumbatira said she was using different forums including social media to sensitise fellow ladies to take up the sport.

“I am making myself known through different forums especially social media so that I can expose some aspects of the sport. I plan to do some career guidance in different school in Malawi so that many youths should get to know and appreciate the sport,” she said.

Kumbatira has also been elected Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (Wabam).


She made headlines in 2018 after finishing on position five during her debut in Gentle Giant competition in South Africa.

Last year Kumbatira finished eighth out of 35 participants during the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic show in South Africa.

This was the first time for Kumbatira to participate in this competition in Women’s Bikini Fitness category for women of over 172cm.

Dee as Kumbatira is well known recovered from the poor start to win gold and bronze medals during the South Africa Xtreme’ bodybuilding contest at Silverstar Casino in June last year.

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