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2017 Garden Route Classic

There is no stopping the mercurial rise of bodybuilding star Lusindiso Danster.

Fresh from dominating his line-up at the recent Queens Casino Grand Prix in Queenstown the young bodybuilder did the same at the Garden Route Casino Bodybuilding and Fitness Classic in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape at the weekend.

The show was hosted by Physical Culture Association (PCA) South Africa in the harbour town on Saturday, 24 June.

Next stop China?

Danster, who also took the Overall junior title at the Battle of the Titans V, had the goods to eliminate all the opposition in the Overall line-up, collecting R10 000 in prize money in the process. He also received his invitation to the PCA BodyPower competition to be hosted in China in September.

Time of their lives

The Garden Route Classic attracted 53 entries with all of the athletes being cheered on by the enthusiastic crowd who visibly had the time of their lives.

Seasoned athlete Melissa Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen won the Overall Ladies Beach Bikini division, earning her a respectable R5 000 with Mariaan Barnard being crowned the Overall Ladies Fitness Bikini winner. Barnard also pocketed R5 000 in prize money.


Novice Men under 75kg

1. Danie du Plessis

2. Renado Cherry

3. Hugo Styger

Novice Men over 75kg

1. Corne Barnardo

2. Andrew Webber

Ladies Physique

1. Marizka Retief

Men’s Cover Model

1. Herman Mostert

2. Cameron Izaakse

3. Christo Oschmann

Men’s Muscle Model

1. Stephan Mulder

2. Marlon Michaels

Ladies Beach Bikini under 1.63m

1. Melissa Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen

2. Anne-Marie Leslie

3. Elriette Snyman

Ladies Beach Bikini over 1.63m

1. Larochelle McKirby

2. Luami Zondagh

Ladies Beach Bikini 35+

1. Riana van Wyk

2. Bonnita Hoy

Men’s Masters over 40+

1. Luke Kellerman

2. Chris van Zyl

3. Marius Michaels

Ladies Fitness Bikini over 1.63m

1. Mariaan Barnard

2. Maryka Coetzer

Ladies Fitness Bikini 35+

1. Annelie de Jager

2. Deseray du Toit

Senior Men Bodybuilding under 70kg

1. Ashley Massyn

2. Khangelani Siyephu

3. Addington Mondo

Senior Men Bodybuilding under 80kg

1. Lusindiso Danster

2. Simon Tumelo Ndlovu

3. Danie du Plessis

Senior Men Bodybuilding under 90kg

1. Paul Prins

2. Luke Kellerman

Senior Men Bodybuilding over 90kg

1. Danny de Jager

2. Niel van der Walt

3. Corne Bernardo

Overall Beach Bikini

1. Melissa Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen

Overall Fitness Bikini

1. Mariaan Barnard

Overall Men

1. Lusindiso Danster

Garden Route Classic

Report and photo by Stehan Schoeman

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