Off to world champs

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East Lon­don bodybuilding cou­ple Jaime Grif­fiths and Stephen Stry­dom have jet­ted off to rep­re­sent SA at the Phys­i­cal Cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion (PCA) World Cham­pi­onships in Birm­ing­ham, in the UK.

The cou­ple were cho­sen at the PCA South African Cham­pi­onships in Gaut­eng in Septem­ber af­ter qual­i­fy­ing at Bor­der level.

“I was se­lected in 2017 but was un­able to go. My goal for this year was to be se­lected,” Grif­fiths said.

Hav­ing led an ac­tive sport­ing life, she found bodybuilding as a goal to work to­wards, af­ter mov­ing from the UK to SA with her daugh­ter.

Stry­dom has al­ways been an avid gym goer.

“Last year I de­cided to step onto the stage for the first time. Now i just want to bet­ter my­self ev­ery time,” he said.

Grif­fiths com­petes as a trained fig­ure ath­lete, while Stry­dom com­petes as a mus­cle model.

With re­gard to fe­male body­builders, Grif­fiths said ev­ery­one had the right to look the way they chose.

“I pre­fer to be a strong, fit, mus­cu­lar and healthy woman. Your body is a tem­ple,” she said.

She said there were dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions for women body­builders, from least to most mus­cu­lar.

Stry­dom said he en­joyed his weight train­ing and low-in­ten­sity steady state train­ing (Liss) on an empty stom­ach ev­ery morn­ing.

“My main food sources are chicken, beef, hake, sweet potato and brown or bas­mati rice, at an av­er­age of five or six meals a day,” he said.

For Grif­fiths, train­ing changes through­out the year, and hav­ing a good off-sea­son can con­trib­ute to a good on-sea­son.

“I like to run and to do ob­sta­cle course rac­ing.

“As I get closer to a show, I do a morn­ing car­dio ses­sion and then a weights ses­sion in the af­ter­noon,” she said.

The qual­i­fied nu­tri­tion­ist and food lover con­sumes about five to six meals a day.

Pro­tein, veg­eta­bles, av­o­cado and Macadamia nut but­ter make up her food sources.

Grif­fiths and Stry­dom plan to do their best to bring home some awards and would like to thank their fam­i­lies, friends, clients and spon­sors for their sup­port.

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LOVE AND MUS­CLES: Jaime Grif­fiths and Stephen Stry­dom are com­pet­ing in the PCA World Cham­pi­onships in the UK

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PROUD OF THEIR OWN: Gonu­bie Pri­mary pupil Emily Raath in ac­tion, af­ter re­cently be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent SA at the World Biathle Cham­pi­onships, which were held in Hurghada, Egypt. She com­peted in events held over two days at the end of Oc­to­ber and came fourth in the world in her age group and cat­e­gory

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BAT­TER UP: Sakhile Se­nior Pri­mary School (green) play­ing against Siyavuya Se­nior Pri­mary (blue) at the the Mongezi Mali Base­ball Tour­na­ment in Mdantsane

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