Muscle athletes off to world champs

2015-11-12 06:00
Musculature athletes Nicky Human and Mopp Arends will represent South African at the world body-building championships in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend.      Photos: HEILIE COMBRINCK

Musculature athletes Nicky Human and Mopp Arends will represent South African at the world body-building championships in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend. Photos: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Two musculature athletes from Uitenhage are among body-builders from across the globe who have disembarked at Barcelona, to show their muscles at the body-building world championships this weekend.

Mopp Arends (65), a retired member of the South African Police Service in Uitenhage, and Nicky Human (25), owner of Active Fusion Gym in Thomas Gamble, were selected to represent South Africa at the Union International de Body-building Naturel in Spain.

“I am very excited. This will be my first appearance at a world championship. Last year, I was also selected to represent SA at the world championships in Italy, but owing to passport issues had to stay home,” said Arends, winner of multiple Mr PE, Mr EP and Mr SA body-building titles.

Human won third place at the 2014 world body-building championship in Italy, in the category Ladies Body Form Fitness. She had to show her fitness skills against participants from 15 international countries. This weekend she will again participate in the fitness category, whilst Arends will show his muscles in the category for body-builders over 60kg.

“Discipline is the key component to be successful in this sport. Not only do you have to strengthen your muscles, but you have to be strong minded too. It is needed as you have to stick to a strict diet and extensive exercise,” said Arends.

He spotted the potential in Human a few years ago and motivated her to start exercising. She has completed her Sports Management and Human Movement Science studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Human confirmed, “it is a sport that requires ultimate discipline. You need strong mind power to endure continuous physical exercise and to stick to your diet.”

Human wishes to thank the Jeeva family as well as her friends for their support. Arends wishes to thank the Van Willings, John Walton school and his friends for their support in making it possible for him to attend his first body-building world championships.

“We are proud to represent South Africa. It would be great if we can bring back medals,” commented both Arends and Human.

A total of seven body-building athletes from the Eastern Province are included in the SA body-building team which will participate in Barcelona. They will be back on South African soil by early next week.


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