A superbly conditioned Gareth Scheepers has reaped the reward of all his hard work and commitment by winning the Overall title in the Junior Men’s Bodybuilding 16 to 23 years class at the IFBB World Juniors and Masters Championships hosted in Bistrita in Romania at the weekend.
Gareth’s Overall victory followed his dominance of the Junior Men’s Bodybuilding Over 75kg division at the show. The talented youngster from Port Elizabeth dedicated his victory to the late Sifiso Thabete, the IFBB’s Junior World Champion in the up to 75kg category of 2016. Thabete broke his neck in a freak accident while executing a back flip during an exhibition earlier this year.
South Africans who represented their country with pride at the IFBB World Championships included Carlos Nunes who secured 4th place in the Masters Bodybuilding up to/including 90kg, Naiem Ally who claimed 4th spot in the Masters Classic Bodybuilding Over 50 and Chanel Erwee who secured a 7th position in the Junior Fitness Bikini over 1.66m category. Jabulani Buthelezi finished 6th in the Masters Bodybuilding up to/including 80kg section while Ari Nikolopoulos placed 8th in the Masters Classic Bodybuilding. Pat Petela secured 10th place in the Masters Bodybuilding up to/including 80kg with Savannah Prenzler taking 11th in the Junior Body-fitness division and Bikayise Mbambo taking 15th in the Masters Women’s Physique section.