Strong­men win gold

Brei­d­bach pair mus­cle in on ti­tles

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TWO Brei­d­bach-based body­builders are fly­ing the flag for their com­mu­nity after win­ning gold medals in their re­spec­tive weight cat­e­gories at the 30th an­nual Mr and Miss Physique Cham­pi­onships at the Billy Fran­cis Hall in East Lon­don over the week­end.

An­drè Thomp­son won the un­der 70kg divi­sion while Jamie Alexan­der walked away with the gold medal in the teenage divi­sion.

More than 30 ath­letes par­tic­i­pated in the draw­card tour­na­ment which saw Alphen­dale body­build­ing trainer and founder of the event El­win Pre­to­rius fi­nally hang­ing up his train­ing gear.

Both Thomp­son and Alexan­der are mem­bers of the Brei­d­bach-based Ab­so­lute Fit­ness Gym sit­u­ated in owner and trainer Sa­muel Casey’s mother’s back­yard.

Casey told the GO! & Ex­press he was very ex­cited with the per­for­mances of his ath­letes after win­ning their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions.

“We worked around the clock in prepa­ra­tion for the event as it was very spe­cial to me and I am de­lighted how my ath­letes stood their ground,” said Casey.

For his de­but, Thomp­son pulled out all stops to beat Ul­rich Marx of East Lon­don who was placed sixth at the South African Cham­pi­onships in 2013.

Thomp­son never thought he would win in his wildest dreams. “Casey told me that I will com­pete against a for­mer SA champ but to keep my head high and not to doubt my ca­pa­bil­i­ties and it’s ex­actly what I did,” he said.

“I have no words other than to say a big thank you to Casey for the op­por­tu­nity given to me to show­case my tal­ents. The achieve­ment will serve as mo­ti­va­tion and en­cour­age­ment in go­ing for­ward.”

Brei­d­bach Sec­ondary Grade 10 pupil Alexan­der, also brought a smile to his trainer’s face when was judged win­ner in the teenage divi­sion.

“I at­tribute my suc­cess to the hard work, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion our trainer has put in to as­sist us in mak­ing sure we are grounded to do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive in our lives,” he said.

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YOUNG TAL­ENT: An­drè Thomp­son poses with his gold medal at Billy Fran­cis Hall

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