Four Port Elizabeth bodybuilders will look to fly the national flag high when they take their sculpted physiques to the international stage later this year.
Their toned bodies and tanned skin were accompanied by a splash of gold as they achieved top honours at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Bodybuilding SA national championships this past weekend.
After stellar performances at the championships, Carine Kloene [Ladies Body Fitness up to 168cm and overall Woman’s Body fitness], Devonshire Pillay [Men’s Athletic Physique over 178cm], Gareth Scheepers [Junior under 23 over 75kg] and Lionel Martin [Masters over 40 under 75kg] received invitations to pull on the green and gold at various international competitions over the last two months of the year.
The quartet, who returned home earlier this week, were thrilled with their results, as Pillay and Martin obtained national crowns for the first time in their respective careers.
Kloene and Scheepers also picked up their maiden national titles in their current divisions, having claimed the top prizes in other categories at previous events
Kloene, a multiple provincial and national champion across various divisions, said: “The competition was really tough, as the condition and calibre of all the ladies were phenomenal. Each lady brought her A-game.”
BBSA EP Nelson Mandela Bay region chairman Angus Venter commended the hard work put in by all athletes, and not only those who came away with gold medals.
Venter said all four athletes were amazing.
“We hope everything works well for them, and the timing of their conditioning works out.
“Hopefully it all falls into place as I think they have a genuine chance of doing well and winning their division,” Venter said.