ROOKIE bodybuilder Tasi Biliwaqa has set his sights on becoming the next Mr Suva when he competes in the National Bodybuilding Championships this weekend.
The 25-year-old of Suva has been training under the guidance of current Mr Suva Qali Ritova at the YMCA gym for the past two months.
He said he was ready for his first ever competition as his overall training started two years ago.
"It has been my dream since primary school to become a national champion in bodybuilding," Biliwaqa said.
"I played rugby in my teenage years but my dream of becoming a bodybuilder never died," he said.
Biliwaqa said he expected tough competition as some new bodybuilders may enter the competition while some experienced ones were still around and would be a force to reckon with.
"I respect all those who will compete in the national championships this Saturday and I hope to become a Mr Suva first and then in a few years Mr Fiji and my goal is also to represent Fiji."
Ritova said he only met Biliwaqa last month but since then he had changed.
"He (Biliwaqa) has the potential, so I just taught him the rules, gave him the proper diet, and taught him how to train each and every muscle in the body," said Ritova.
The 28-year-old has won gold in both the Mr Suva and Mr Buksh competitions in 2009 and 2010.
Last year, he only won Mr Suva and won silver and bronze respectively in the Mr Fiji and Mr Buksh competitions and would be competing in the national championships as well.
Biliwaqa said he had learnt a lot from Ritova and wanted to use the teaching to become the next big thing in the sport in the country.
The nationals will be held on Saturday at the FNU Namaka campus in Nadi.
The competition will be used to select a team to compete in the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championships that will be held in the Cook Islands in November.