Joshua Goodrick of Raro Muscle Gym will compete in the Men’s Classic Physique alongside Mr Cook Islands Aaron Enoka in the Under 85kgs section of the competition.
It is the first Cook Islands appearance at the event since 2009 and the pair will be sizing up against 56 other countries.
Goodrick and Enoka both qualified for the World event following the Cook Islands outstanding team medal hall at the South Pacific Body Building Championship (SPBBC) in Suva Fiji on October 28.
Goodrick won a bronze medal in the under 85kgs section and Enoka collected gold in Men’s Masters and silver in under 80kg.
Other winners included Samuel Tatuava who collected two bronze medals in the over100kgs and Junior categories. Joseph Ave took home gold in Men’s Physique over 180cm.
Each of the team qualified for the upcoming World Body Building event with their placings in Fiji, but only Goodrick and Enoka will be representing the Cook Islands in Thailand in just four weeks.
Twenty-six-year-old Goodrick couldn’t compete in last year’s SPBBC competition due to being in the middle of completing his other dream, building the “toughest gym on the rock”, Raro Muscle in Avarua.
With the gym completed earlier in February, nothing was going to stop him from competing in this year’s Suva event.
“It was a success, all of us did pretty well,” says Goodrick.
A solid year’s training preparation, sacrifice and fundraising was involved in getting the team to Fiji.
They also had some strong guidance on their side for their first upcoming World’s competition with their coach and nutritionist Dean Teiho from New Zealand, who was the first and last Cook Islands competitor to reach that stage over nine years ago.
Rounding out their support crew is Enoka’s wife Tania, who is their manager, taking care of their travel needs and who is also an international panel judge at the upcoming World’s.
Goodrick says he has always been into training but only just started competing two and a half years ago.
The event will be his fourth appearance for the Cook Islands. He did not compete in the smaller International Federation of Body Building’s South Pacific body Building Championship held two weeks ago at the National Auditorium in Rarotonga.
He says a lack of communication around the event hindered him and Enoka from entering the event.
Looking forward to the World’s event, Goodrick says nothing gives more pride than being able to represent our beautiful nation and he will be giving his absolute posing best for the Cook Islands.