Quintin van Jaarsveld
Weeks of prep led to stellar showings from South Coast athletes in the IFBB KZN Provincial Bodybuilding Championships at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban on Saturday.
All the hours of sacrifice – meticulously sculpting every muscle to its peak in the gym while sticking to a strict diet – translated into success for the majority of the local contingent.
Taking to the provincial stage were Philani Gantsa, Novmiso Shude, Andile Shazi, Lungani Sima, Samutelo Trueman Ndlovu, Mthokozisi Sikobi and Jessie Toweel.
Gantsa was the star of the show, owning the stage en route to being crowned KwaZulu-Natal bantamweight (under 65kg) champion.
Three of his fellow South Coast super bodies flexed their way to podium places – Shude secured silver in the welterweight (under 75kg) division, Shazi also sealed silver, in the light heavyweight (under 90kg) division, and Sima bagged bronze in the middleweight (under 85kg) division.
Ndlovu finished fifth in the Under-23 over 75kg division, while Sikobi was unable to place in the ultra-competitive middleweight (under 85kg) division.
Toweel, the lone local ladies competitor, finished just outside of the top three in the body fitness category in fourth place.
All of the athletes bar Mthokozisi were subsequently selected to represent KwaZulu-Natal at the IFBB South African Bodybuilding Championships in Witbank from 1-3 September.
Photos by Superbodies