Singapore bodybuilder Joan Liew received a long-awaited birthday present yesterday, a week before she turns 41, when she was awarded a professional card by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB).
She is the first Singaporean to receive this status, which earns her entry into professional-level competitions, including top-level events like the annual Olympia Weekend in the United States.
The coveted pro card is widely-regarded to be very competitive and is earned only after winning at some of the highest-level events in the world.
Since her foray into competition began in 2000, she has won 15 medals in 15 shows, including a recent win in the Women’s Physique (Open) at the Arnold Classic Asia in Hong Kong last year.
While Liew is a veteran in the local bodybuilding fraternity, she said it has taken 24 years of hard work before it finally bore fruit…