VANDERBIJLPARK. – Quality over quantity. This rang especially true during the Vaal Sports Fest that took the Vaal Triangle by storm during the weekend. All roads lead to the Emerald Resort and Casino where the spectators were treated to sports festival fit for a king. For the first time ever the South African Strongman Championships graced the banks of the Vaal River. Strongwoman Xena Botha stole the limelight from her male counterparts by setting a new South African, dead lift record with a massive lift of 205kg.
The BBSA Sedibeng Bodybuilding Championships also supplied the spectators with enough eye candy. According to DJ Slater, the mastermind behind the Vaal Sports Fest, 139 athletes participated in the 19 divisions. “Although this is slightly less than last year the quality especially in the men’s bodybuilding divisions was the highest I have seen in many years. We have selected a team of 48 athletes to represent Sedibeng at the South African Championships, which will be held in Rustenburg in September,” said Slater.
“This was the first time that the Vaal has played host to the South African Strongman Championship. I believe the event was extremely well received by the audience.”
“We were also lucky enough to have Tri Dragon Academy give various martial arts demonstration throughout the duration of the day.
The Sedibeng Bodybuilding and fitness results are: Student Bodybuilding: 1.Tebogo Malebana, 2.Segole Steven Chesane and 3.Peter Arie. Student Beach Bikini: 1.Shoshone M Teixeira, 2.Chane-Leigh Du Plooy and 3.Lauren Kok. Jnr Under 23yrs Bodybuilding: 1. Bryan Nilson, 2.Peter Arie and 3.Denzel Mbengo. Novice Bodybuilding: 1.Clayton Dea Collopen, 2.Zakhele Mokoena and Jean-Pierre Campher. Ladies Body Fitness: 1. Anneke Erasmus Mulder and 2.Junelle Dobbins. Masters Over 40Yrs Bodybuilding: 1. Kamlan Naicker, 2.Lufuno Mphephu and 3.Jan Visser. Ladies Fitness Bikini over 35yrs: 1. Lizette Van Rensburg. Men’s Athletic Physique: 1. Ayanda Piyo, 2. Mahlatse Collen Mokhola and 3.Leroy Tshabalala. Ladies Beach Bikini Under 163cm: 1.Shantelle Jeffrey, 2.Maryka Minns and 3.Liezel Botes. Men’s Muscular Physique: 1.Arno Grobbelaar. Classic Bodybuilding Under 175cm: 1.Segole Steven Chesane, 2. Simphiwe Dlamini and 3.Ndumiso Sibulowa. Ladies Beach Bikini Over 163cm: 1.Chane-leigh Du Plooy, 2.Zandria De Bruin and 3.Aliza Greyling. Classic Bodybuilding Over 175cm: 1. Juan Claase, 2.Michael Du toit and 3.Keobakile Nkokou. Senior Men’s Bodybuilding under 70kg: 1.Illario, 2. Clayton Dea Collopen and Bongani Manene. Senior Men’s Bodybuilding under 80kg: 1. O’neil Sonicuson, 2.Jan Cilliers and 3. Tebogo Malebana. Ladies Wellness Bikini: 1.Victoria Sethabela and 2.Karabo Ngoasheng. Senior Men’s Bodybuilding under 90kg: 1.Terry Thompson, 2.Intrepid Mshengu and 3.Gotsimabang Malibu. Senior Men’s Bodybuilding Over 90kg: 1.Bennie Pelser and 2.Christopher Palmer. Ladies Fitness Bikini: 1. Talisha Strydom, 2. Kego Senokoane and 3. Shoshone M Teixeira. Overall Bodybuilding Winner: Terry Thompson.
The bodybuilding and fitness team chosen at the festival that will represent Sedibeng at the South African Championships is: Peter ArieSegole, Steven Chesane, Morena Mokolokolo, Bryan Nilson, Denzel Mbengo, Anneke Erasmus Mulder, Junelle Dobbins,Kamlan Naicker, Lufuno Mphephu, Jan Visser, Lizette Van Rensburg, Ayanda Piyo, Mahlatse Collen Mokhola, Shantelle Jeffrey,Maryka Minns, Liezel Botes, Angel Zhou, Bianca Pretorius, Arno Grobbelaar, Simphiwe Dlamini, Ndumiso Sibulowa, Johan Van Loggerenberg,Chane-leigh Du Plooy, Zandria De Bruin, Aliza Greyling, Stephanie Herholdt, Chelain Van Der Merwe, Natasha De Lange, Juan Claase, Michael Du toitIllario, Clayton Dea Collopen, Bongani Manene.
O’neil Sonicuson, Jan Cilliers, Tebogo Malebana, Victoria Sethabela, Terry Thompson, Intrepid Mshengu, Gotsimabang Malibu, Bennie Pelser, Christopher Palmer, Talisha Strydom, Kego Senokoane, Shoshone Teixeira, Kayla Joubert, Lauren Kok and Michelle Jacobs