Tomokane off to World Championships


Aaron Tomokane strikes a pose during the 2016 Dee Clayton Classic held early this month at the Charley’s Cabaret of the Pacific Islands Club Saipan. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Aaron Tomokane will be representing the CNMI in the 8th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships that will be held in Pattaya, Thailand.

“This will be my biggest tournament so far and it is very challenging because I will be competing there not for myself but for the CNMI. There’s an added pressure so I really have to get myself ready for the tournament,” said Tomokane.

The world championships will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5 at the Eastern National Sports Training Center and with less than three months to go before the competition, the 23-year-old bodybuilder said he has a lot of things to work on to get reach his desired form.

“I will be joining the classic golden years of bodybuilding event which focuses on aesthetics and proportion,” said Tomokane, who earned the right to represent the Commonwealth to the World Bodybuilding and Physique Federation-sanctioned tournament after winning the 2016 Dee Clayton Classic held early this month.

The Koblerville resident is training almost every day with two sessions (morning and afternoon) per day. He is closely watching his calorie intake and eating foods that are high in protein.

“It will take a lot of hard work and discipline to get in top shape for the competition. I need to be in my best form because I will be in a very high-level competition,” the Gold’s Gym trainer added.

The event in Thailand will be Tomokane’s second international tournament in two years, as he also donned the colors of the CNMI in the 2015 Pacific Games held on Papua New Guinea. The 5’10” bodybuilder finished fourth in the quadrennial competition.

“It’s hard to tell what will be my chances in the world championships in Thailand because I have no idea on the other competitions. What I can promise is I will be ready come competition time and I will do my best to represent the CNMI well,” Tomokane said.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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