Majuba District bodybuilders flex their biceps

Man of Steel, Mr. Buthelezi judges the competitors.

NEWCASTLE CBD – Bodybuilders from across the Majuba District gathered at the Newcastle Town Hall to flex their muscles in the second annual Majuba Bodybuilders Association conference on Saturday, April 15.

Competitors started the day with a weigh-in, before taking to the stage to compete for the first place titles, as well as cash prizes of R5 000, R3 000 and R2 000.

Founder of the Mzwakhe Qwabe Benefit BodyBuilding Club, Mzwakhe Qwabe said the purpose of hosting such competitions was a way of keeping teenagers off the streets and out of trouble.

It was also a sure way of preventing drug and substance abuse, and also minimising the number of teenagers who become involved in crime.

“It was also my way of giving back to the community after my 30 years of experience in the bodybuilding industry. What better way than to get the youth involved with the sport and to give them a space to grow?”

In an attempt to promote the sport among the youth, Mr Qwabe started hosting competitions, and said he was surprised to see how much the competition had grown since the first one in 2015. He was happy to see familiar faces back again this year.

Spectators were given a show they would forget, as the competition was nothing short of spectacular.

Bodybuilders competed in the following categories:

– Junior Under 23

– Bantam weight (60 – 65kg)

– Light weight (65 – 70kg)

– Physique

– Welter weight (75 – 75kg)

– Middle weight (75 – 80 kg)

– Light heavy weight (80 – 90kg)

– Heavy weight (90+kg)

Marcel van Niekerk was the winner of the Junior Under 23 division.

The results of the competition were not available at the time of going to print, and will be released at a later stage.

Mr Qwabe thanked all sponsors who contributed to the success of the event.

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