The bulging muscles and sculpted bodies of some of South Africa’s best athletes have stolen the show at the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (IBFF) Mister & Miss Universe and Mr. Galaxy hosted in Taranto, Italy over the weekend.
Every member of the IBFF SA Team came home with some hardware. If that is not all, IBFF Pro bodybuilder Misumzi Wakashe from East London finished in 2nd place in his first Pro show. “It’s only a matter of time before Misumzi will stand as winner on that podium,” said Arnie Williams, President of the IBFF in South Africa, who was extremely proud of the group of athletes who travelled to Italy to battle it out for top honours.
The results were:
Gerhardt Rathbone – 1st in the Masters Over 60
Ferdie Pieterse – 1st in the Masters Over 50
Henrich Fourie – 2nd in the Juniors U/23 and 4th in the Mr. Fitness (Board Shorts)
Vivian Goosen – 1st in the Miss Fitness Model Over 40
Penny Wilbers – 2nd in the Miss Fitness Over 40 , 3rd in the Miss Fitness, 4th in the Miss Figure
Jacques van Tonder – 3rd in the Mr. Physique Tall (over 1.77m)
Bafana Msiwa – 2nd in the Mr. Athletic Small (up to and including 1.77m), 3rd in Mr. Fitness Small (up to and including 1.77m) and 5th in Men Bodybuilding Small (up to and including 1.72m)
Vincent Xaba – 3rd in the Mr. Athletic Tall (over 1.77m) and 3rd in Men’s Bodybuilding Tall (over 1.79m)
Sheldon Thirion – 1st in the Mr. Fitness Model
Trevor Alexander – 1st in the Men’s Bodybuilding Small (up to and including 1.72m)
Frans Hloi – 4th in the Men’s Bodybuilding Small (up to and including 1.72m)
Jacqueline Groenewald – 3rd in the Miss Figure
Misumzi Wakashe – 2nd in Pro Bodybuilding division
A special thanks goes out to the IBFF SA officials as well as the family and friends who supported these athletes, even if it was via messages of encouragement on social media.