By Mark Etheridge
Macassar’s little man of steel, Johannes Hendrik, will make history at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan next week.
This veteran bodybuilder, 52, will become the first IFBB athlete from South African to take part at the World Games which run from 16-26 July in the south-western port of Kaohsiung City.
He’ll compete in the bantamweight category (60-65kg) of the competition.
A proud Gavin Conlon, president of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness SA said: “This is a great honour for Johannes and for the IFBB.
“He still competes in the senior men’s divisions of bodybuilding and has not moved over to the Masters, which an athlete has the choice to do from the age of 40 already.
“It’s quite amazing — Johannes still holds his own against the younger athletes even though he’s one our veterans in the sport.”
Hendrik is is an IFBB Provincial and South African Champion in his weight division many times over and his last set of competitions was the IFBB Western Province Championships last year after he went on to represent WP at the nationals in Pretoria in September.
“He then went on to win in his division at the SA’s (he has done so in his division five times already) and qualified to represent┬á┬áIFBB SA at the IFBB senior men’s world championships in Manama, Bahrain in November where he placed third in his division.”
It was in Bahrain that Hendrik staked his claim for Taiwan.
“Only IFBB athletes that placed in the top six at the world championships qualified to receive an invitation to participate at the Games. Since then he has spent his time preparing hard. He did extremely well at world championships and we are certainly hoping for a medal.”
SA bodybuilding representative at the World Games: Johannes Hendrik.
Official: William Lavagna-Slater