BODY builder Lionel Martin (47) from Uitenhage is heading to Birmingham, England, for his debut international performance in showing off his muscles at a world championship.He earlier this year participated in the Physical Cultural Association’s Eastern Province tournament held at the Feather Market Hall in Port Elizabeth, where he was crowned the winner in his category. From there he went to Johannesburg to compete in the nationals where he finished 3rd in the open line-up. With this he qualified to represent South Africa on the international stage.“I am excited and looking forward to representing South Africa. This is the second time that I have been elected to go to a world championship. The previous time I could not raise enough funds and had to let go of my dream,” said Martin.During 2017 he was crowned SA champion in the IFBB Masters over 40kg and under 75kg category. With this achievement he was selected for the SA team to travel abroad, but unfortunately could not join the team owing to the high costs involved. This time around, Martin is ready to attend the PCA Worlds at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and has bought his plane ticket to leave for England on October 23rd. The special invitation PCA Worlds event commences on October 28th.“At this stage I have to be very very strict with my diet. Fish is the main dish on my menu. What I will have first on my return after this world championship will be bread. I simply love bread and peanut butter. At this stage it is forbidden food for me,” said Martin. As part of his fundraising efforts to cover his costs of R25 000 to represent South Africa on the international body builder stage, a Men’s Breakfast (09:00) and Ladies’ High Tea (15:00) will be held this Saturday, October 13th at Prime Spot (formerly known as Dolphin Indoor Cricket Arena). Tickets are R100 respectively. For more information or to buy tickets in support of Lionel Martin contact him on 079 289 2446 or 082 812 2590.