Kado dedicates win to daughters

Cecilia Kado flex her muscles during the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022 at the Civic Centre lower auditorium in Suva on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

First-time bodybuilder Cecilia Kado was crowned Mrs 2022 Fiji Bodybuilding championship last night.

The mother of two dedicated her win to her young daughters.

She said she was always health cautious and kept proper care of her health and physical condition.

“I have two very young children and they are my main motivation,” she said.

“Since I’m in my fifties, I had to do something to make sure that I stay young and well enough to take care of my daughters.”

Losing her husband in 2020, she said was heartbreaking because she had to raise her daughters alone. But that didn’t deter her spirit as she took up bodybuilding to help her keep in shape and healthy.

Kado, hails from Namuka, Kabara in Lau and is of Japanese, Samoan and Tongan descent.

She said being in the sport of bodybuilding and actively taking part in the competition helped her to stay healthy, especially being a single parent.

“I haven’t moved on yet after my husband passing and everything I do is for my children,” she said.

“To take of anyone else, I must first take care of myself, because I am the most important person in my life.

“If I can’t take care of myself then there is no way I can take care of others.”

She adds the sport of bodybuilding is shunned by people because they see it as “exposing your body”.

“In society, it is taboo to expose your body but my parents were open-minded.

“Health was important and also part of our upbringing.

“For the women out there, it doesn’t matter what type of body you have, if you want to work out, have a good body then go for it.

“For me, it’s like taking care of the gift given by God. “I’ve been blessed with this body and it’s my responsibility to take of it.”

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