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Rise of the Phoenix 3.0

Danster has done it again!

Lusindiso Danster is on a roll this season and with a string of bodybuilding titles to his name he added another one to the trophy cabinet: the Overall title of the Rise of the Phoenix 3.0.

The show was presented by the Physical Culture Association South Africa on Saturday, 8 July in East London. Although only 55 athletes entered they were determined to give the crowd their money’s worth on the evening.

A highlight of the competition was the epic battle between Chris “The General” Nguta and Lusindiso Danster in the Senior Men U/75kg division. Sheri Muller won the Ladies Beach Bikini Overall title with Donna Bartlett walking away with the Overall honours in the Ladies Fitness Bikini category.

Itumeleng Tshabalala and Stephan Strydom won the Overall titles for Beach Model and Muscle Model categories.


Juniors U/18

1. Lixo Sityana

2. Tumang Thabane

3. Gavin Rudman

Juniors U/23 U/75kg

1. Mthobeli Mbuthuma

2. Sandile Hiti

Juniors U/23 O/75kg

1. Joshua Botha

2. JP Hoon

Beach Bikini U/1.63m

1. Catelyn Cumberlege

Beach Bikini O/1.63m

1. Sheri Muller

2. Chrika Cumberlege

Disabled athlete

1. Samal Casey

Masters O/40

1. Shane Kreusch

2. Leonard Kodwa

3. Luke Kellerman

Ladies Physique

1. Nokucinga Mapelula

Men’s Beach Model up to 1.75m

1. Itumeleng Tshabalala

2. Michael Booth

Men’s Beach Model O/1.75m

1. Ross van Reeken

2. Mkuseli Kalawe

3. Nathi Ndelebe

Men’s Muscle Model up to 1.75m

1. Stephan Strydom

Men’s Muscle Model O/1.75m

1. Sean Essop

2. Lulamile Wapi

Men’s Muscle Model O/35

1. Justin Sweetnam

Best Men’s Routine

1. Lesley Sauls

2. Itumeleng Tshabalala

3. Alfred Bethani

Ladies Body Fitness

1. Jaime Griffiths

2. Dalena Mostert

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 1.75m

1. Lulamile Kotsele

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding O/1.75m

1. Dean Els

2. Adrian Labuschagne

3. Zukisa Hola

Fitness Bikini O/1.63m

1. Maryka Coetzer

Fitness Bikini O/35

1. Donna Bartlett

2. Karen Herbst

3. Celicia Openshaw

Senior Men U/65kg

1. Lesley Sauls

2. Sizwe Mngangeni

Senior Men U/75kg

1. Lusindiso Danster

2. Chris Nguta

3. Sanga Gijana

Senior Men U/85kg

1. Alfred Bethani

2. Tandisile Mhanya

3. Bongile

Senior Men U/95kg

1. Aljareau Smith

2. JD Futter

Overall Beach Bikini

Sheri Muller

Overall Fitness Bikini

Donna Bartlett

Overall Men’s Beach Model

Itumeleng Tshabalala

Overall Muscle Model

Stephan Strydom

Overall Men

Lusindiso Danster


Report and photography by Stehan Schoeman

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