Local body builder heads for Romania

2017-10-12 06:01
SA body building champion Lionel Martin from Uitenhage shows why he received a gold medal.          Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

SA body building champion Lionel Martin from Uitenhage shows why he received a gold medal. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

At the age of 12, Lionel Martin started training with weights, dreaming of one day becoming a champion. This dream recently came true as he was crowned South African body building champion and is now heading for the world championships.

Martin participated in the International Federation of Body Builders South Africa event which was held in Mpumalanga. He was crowned the SA champion in the category for men under the age of 40 and in the weight category of under 75kg.

“This was my first time competing on national level. I am very excited and am looking forward to representing South Africa at the world champs in Romania,” said Lionel Martin, owner of Swannies Gym in Uitenhage where he is a full time fitness trainer.

Champion body builders from across the globe, including Martin, will be heading to the city of Bistrita in Romania, where the 2017 IFBB World Junior & Masters Championships will be hosted from 10th to 13th November.

Martin will be part of the South African Body Building team comprising 19 body builders. They will depart for Romania on November 7th.

Although exercising and fitness have been part of his life, Martin seriously started with body building eight years ago. He previously played rugby for Progress as well as for Uitenhage Police.

“I wish to thank all who supported me and also a big thank you to my sponsors. They all played a part in this highlight of my sporting career,” said Martin.

Martin has been invited to the 2018 Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Classic Africa which will be held in Johannesburg. About 10 000 athletes will compete in 45 different sports and events. The event will be held during May 18-20.

Fund-raiser for trip to Romania

As part of Martin’s fund-raising efforts to cover his costs in attending the world championships, an evening of fun and dance will be held on Saturday at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre at 19:00. Les Simons as well as Children in Christ will be the performing artists.

  • Tickets are R150 per couple (two course meal included) and are available from Lionel 079 289 2446 or Michelle 082 812 2590.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.