Body builders off to world champs

2016-10-27 06:00
<Local body builders Deenan Africa and Mopp Arends are heading off to the world championships in Belgium.          Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Two body builders from Uitenhage are heading to the world championships which will be held in Dinant, Belgium during November 25th and 26th.

Within a year since Deenan Africa (18) joined this sport, he was crowned the overall winner at his first ever competition, the Despatch Classic, and selected for the national team.

South African body building Masters champion, Mopp Arends (66) said, “I’ve noticed his natural talent and offered my professional training. His strength is more than physical, his will power is amazingly strong.”

As a former McCarthy Comprehensive High School rugby player, Africa was a regular visitor to the gym. He bade the ball game farewell and opted for weights and workout machines as his new lifestyle.

Arends started his body building career at the age of 39. He said performing the 7 body building poses takes an average of 30 minutes of ultimate muscle power and concentration.

“Its all about discipline, a healthy body and strong mind. I will continue with this sport for as long as I can.”

Last year he went to Barcelona where body builders from 16 countries participated. Arends came second in the category for Masters aged 60+.

The South African body building team which will participate in the world championships in Belgium consists of 18 members of which 6 are from the Eastern Cape, with Africa being the youngest.

Chicken braai and evening of song

The cost for Arends and Africa to attend the world championships is R18 000 per team member. As part of their fund-raising efforts a chicken braai will be held on Saturday at 22 Ostrich Street, with an evening of song at 19:00 on Sunday at the Methodist Church, Patrys Street.

The men urge the public please to support their fund-raisers and will also be thankful for any other sponsorships towards their participating at the world championships.

  • For more information contact Mopp Arends at 060 349 5544.

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