1972 IFBB Southern Hemisphere Mr. Universe
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Special Guest Posers - Arnold Schwarzenegger & Franco Columbu - First time in Australia
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Saturday, February 5th, 1972.
This ground-breaking contest for Australia was staged at the Chevron Hotel and promoted by Bob Bruce and his company called 1971 Physique Show Promotion.
The very special Star Guest poser was ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER in his first ever appearance in Australia, assisted by training partner and fellow guest poser FRANCO COLUMBU. At this stage Arnold was the 1970 and 1971 Mr. Olympia winner. Arnold won 7 Mr. Olympias in total. Franco later won the Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. The event created the most excitement I have ever seen at a contest in Australia.
Other big names in the contest included Aussie Legends Frank Colombera, Paul Graham, Robert Nailon, Clyde Bird and John Koziura.
Frank Colombera was the overall winner from Paul Graham (pictured top left rear cover) and 8 time Mr. South Australia winner John Koziura.
See Australia's greatest amateur physique stars of the time in this historic IFBB Classic Contest.
Shot on silent film by Wayne Gallasch with background music added. Wayne also took the photos. Robert Nailon photo courtesy Robert.
DVD Content - Brief Description:
The contest starts out with posing by the following in this order - Robert Nailon, John Koziura, Frank Colombera, Paul Graham, George Seredynski, Clyde Bird, Robert Deegan and Robert Fay. Then victory posing on the posing platform as follows by the top 3 competitors:
1. FRANK COLOMBERA
2. PAUL GRAHAM
3. JOHN KOZIURA
(Frank Colombera below left at the Prejudging, photo by Wayne Gallasch, and Robert Nailon with Arnold poolside on the morning after the contest.)
This is followed by more posing by Clyde Bird, and then some awards for 1st to 3rd as follows in this order - George Seredynski, Clyde Bird and Robert Deegan.
Next it is the Special Guest Posers ARNOLD & FRANCO
doing their famous duo posing routine followed by Arnold posing solo.
See Bob Bruce handing over the cash prizes to Frank Colombera and George Seredynski also gets an award. Followed by the winners posing with Arnold.
The action then cuts to John Koziura pumping and posing on the Surfers Paradise beach, and later Colombera and Seredynski are seen pumping and posing, all on the day before the big contest.
Then it is the 1972 MR. AUSTRALIA HIGHLIGHTS:
Promoted in Melbourne by Frank Burwash, May, 1972. The various classes were JUNIOR, NOVICE & OPEN with Best Bodypart Awards for ARMS, CHEST, BACK, LEGS, ABDOMINALS, POSING and MOST MUSCULAR. Most were won by Frank Colombera.
The RESULTS were the same as above:
1. FRANK COLOMBERA - WA
2. PAUL GRAHAM - NSA
3. JOHN KOZIURA - SA
With posing footage of Sonny Gloynes, followed by Frank Colombera (winner), Paul Graham and John Koziura with Lineup and Awards. Rare historic footage at the first Mr Australia I attended. I believe that Sonny Gloynes won the Novice Mr. Australia title.
* Historical note: On the day after this Southern Universe contest, I shot my classic pumping and posing films with Arnold and Franco at the Chevron Hotel pool in Surfer’s Paradise, QLD.
||Arnold - The Early Years |
Apart from the 73 minutes of early contest and outdoor posing footage of Arnold and Franco, the bonus material from this collector's DVD includes more recent out-takes, on-stage and behind the scenes video from the Arnold Classic. See approximately 109 minutes of Arnold. In 1980 Arnold made his comeback in Australia at the Mr Olympia contest held at the Sydney Opera House. It was to be Olympia victory # 7.
See his solo posing, many comparisons, compulsory poses and more as Arnold once again stands victorious. Includes scenes of many of his closest rivals from Mentzer to Zane etc. A tour de force with Arnold, since voted the most popular bodybuilder of all time.
Running time: 32 mins.
NTSC DVD, OPEN REGION