In the bodybuilding divisions we saw a few new faces, mainly from the other countries that were eligible to compete on this Amateur Olympia stage. It was great to have our local boys fighting for places among such strong opposition, which delivered a level of competition we don’t usually find on local soil.
Cape Town’s Michael Adonis managed to secure victory in the up to 80kg division with a great display of balance and proportion. Michael’s conditioning at the 2010 Muscle Evolution Grand Prix has yet to be beaten, but he certainly has one of the most gifted physiques in South Africa at the moment. If Michael can just dial in his conditioning to that 2010 appearance he’ll be a hard man to beat on any stage around the world.
The super-heavyweight division also lived up to expectations, with Cobus van der Merwe dominating from the moment he stepped on stage in the over 100kg division. Even standing next to the formidable force that is the massively talented Vusi Njisane, Cobus won his division hands down. He then went on to win the overall division with another clear cut victory, finally achieving his dream of an IFBB pro card, something he has been working towards for years. His conditioning completely out-classed his opposition and I feel that his win was well deserved. It’s been a long road for Cobus. As I’ve mentioned in the past, he has weathered the storm of defeat, having walked off stage with his head hung low, ready to give in. However, he chose to come back, better and bigger than before, delivering the best version of himself to this stage through hard work and dogged determination. His victory and the pro status that it comes with is rich reward for his dedication, commitment and perseverance. He is a true champion and is now, finally, an IFBB pro athlete.
Congrats to Wayne Price and the IFBB SA team for putting on such a great event. As a country we’re slowly but surely building up our portfolio of IFBB pro athletes, which is good for the sport. With all of these new opportunities there has never been a better time for our dedicated and passionate local athletes to achieve their dreams of becoming pro athletes, which is why we sincerely hope that this show will become an annual event.