First time contenders win medals at Cape Classic

The IFBB Western Province bodybuilding and fitness federation kicked of the year with the SSN Cape Classic supported by Scientific Sports Nutrician (SNN) as the main sponsor. The event took place at the CPUT Bellville campus earlier in April with a record of 134 athletes entering the competition. According to the IFBB Western Province president, Kevin Schwartz, about 350 spectators attended the pre-judging and well over 700 the main show.

The SSN Cape Classic competition is known as a stepping stone for newcomers to the sport with men’s novice u-75kg and over 75kg divisions and new beach and fitness novice divisions.

The Western Cape is flourishing with new talent – evident seeing the tremendous talent on stage. The expierence of chief judge Mary Pulito and fellow judges Deon Munnik, Eddy Holloway, Rob Mellows and Sakkie Changuion shown through as the placings were spot on.

The novice ladies beach bikini division saw 20 athletes in a tough competitive line-up. Newcomers to the sport, representing our area, Inka van Rhyn, from Paarl and Lindy Kannemeyer from Somerset West respectively earned first and third place in this division.

Inka, a student at CPUT in Wellington made a decision about two years ago to change her lifestyle. Not only for herself, but to show others how to train, work hard and achieve results. Her competitive background, passion and determination paid off when she was selected the winner of the novice ladies beach bikini division.

Theresa Schoeman from Gordon’s Bay, winner of Beach Bikini division over 35 entered the SSN Cape Classic 2014, because of her interest in gym, sports and nutrition. For her it was all about gaining experience, meeting new athletes, and to enjoy the day which she worked so hard for. She followed a healthy diet plan for 6 weeks and her training programme included cardio and weight training 5 days a week. Theresa also attended the SSN Cape Classic Seminar to prepare her for the competition. Her next goal is to compete in Battle of the Titians II scheduled for 21 June at CPUT Bellville campus.

Theresa’s message to the over 35’s: “This is your time to work towards achieving your fitness goal, don’t wait, you can do it and you will never look back.”

The ever growing men’s athletic physique line-ups saw some very impressive first timers. Robert Smith secured a well deserved win in the men’s athletic physique up to 178cm division, while Francois Marais took the honours in the men’s athletic physique over 178cm line-up. Other outstanding performances included Shuddley Toffar winner of the novice over 75kg division and Elouise Kellerman who won the overall ladies fitness bikini title.

Kevin Schwartz president of IFBB Western Province is taking the sport to new heights. The prize money for division and overall winners for the Battle of the Titans II in June have increased substantially which resulted in a greater interest among new competitors from all over South Africa and abroad.

For more information contact Kevin Schwartz, on 072 447 7520 or .

 Photo Credit:  Stehan Schoeman – Photo from left: Lindy Kannemeyer, Inka van Rhyn (Winner) and Chane Fabricius