A team of 19 athletes from South Africa were out to show off their physiques at the recent Physical Culture Association (PCA) Xplosive Ape competition hosted in the historic town hall in Birmingham, England.
PCA South African athletes who competed were Sonnette Ehlers, Alfred Bethani, Anna Marie Barnard, Ashley Masson, Bianca Koekemoer, Lusindiso Danster, Rachelle Havenga, Sheridan Muller, Stephan Mulder, Stephan Strydom, Roxanne McLachlan, Vanessa Ferreira, Oelaf Bergh, Yessica Fitzerman, Bernadine Schwartz, Donna Bartlett, Maryke Coetzee, Ofentse Boloko and Vanessa Oberholzer.
East London’s Lusindiso ‘Diamond’ Danster was on point and set the bar high, walking away with the honours in the Junior category. As the new holder of the Xplosive Ape Junior Title for 2017 Danster also received an invitation to compete in the British Finals to be hosted in Birmingham in October 2018.
Alfred Bethani stood against giants in Class 3, taking 3rd while Anna Marie Barnard from Cape Town came in hard and dry for her 1st place finish. East London’s Stephan Strydom took 2nd place in the Muscle Model category. They all received invitations to the British Finals.
“I was extremely impressed with the high standard of our athletes as we had quite a few first-timers competing overseas,” said PCA SA President Kevin Schwartz. “We all had a fantastic time.”