Bay body-builders hope to represent SA in world champs

2016-11-23 06:01
Local body-builders Tommy Murphy (left) and Deenan Afrika flank Team Manager Ziggy Jacobs. They have been selected to compete for their country in Belgium.                                 Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Local body-builders Tommy Murphy (left) and Deenan Afrika flank Team Manager Ziggy Jacobs. They have been selected to compete for their country in Belgium. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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DEENAN Afrika (18) is looking forward to the trip of a lifetime to Brussels in Belgium for the World Natural Body-building Championships from 22 to 29 November.

Afrika is a McCarthy High School Grade 11 learner of Rosedale in Uitenhage. He is a runner-up in his Junior Division and will be representing South Africa together with Hillside resident, Tommy Murphy (57), who won the Masters Division.

This is after the duo’s success in the South African Championships held in Grahamstown in October.

But there is one obstacle in their way to compete for their country – the necessary finances.

International Natural Body-building Judge and SA Team Manager, Brendon Jacobs of Port Elizabeth, popularly known as Ziggy, said he, Afrika and Murphy together with Ntsikelelo Xalabile and Vusumzi Mkence (both of Port Alfred) and Lesley Sauls of Grahamstown, were expected to leave for Belgium but the problem was finance.

“We need sponsorship to make this a reality. The participants must organise their own travelling arrangements. Because our sport is not popular we do not get sponsorship, so we ask for assistance from Good Samaritans,” said Ziggy, adding that the players stood for clean-living and drug-free sport.

Ziggy said Afrika’s meteoric rise through the sport since starting with it in 2014 should be commended. He said Murphy, who is an unemployed married father of five, is also a good example of determination and zeal which must be encouraged.

It will be for the third time in a row that former security manager Murphy competes abroad. He competed in Vicenza, Italy, for the 2014 World Championship – and obtained sixth position – and in Barcelona, Spain, in 2015 where he took home 10th position from 22 participants from 16 countries of the world.

“I’ve worked very hard this year and hope to make the top three,” said Murphy.

He supports youth development at Uncle Daniel’s Gym in Algoa Park where he tones his muscles and prepares for competitions, urging sport-loving people to support them.

He said, “We are ready for the competition; our biggest problem is finance. We promise to do our utmost best in the world championship.”

Ziggy Jacobs said they also asked SASCOC for assistance and were very hopeful.

For donations people can use EP Natural Body-building Association Absa Bank Account number: 9213951865, Reference: Belgium 2016.

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