Pro-athlete and former World Fitness Federation (WFF) Miss Universe 2016, Hende-Mari Strydom from Bloemfontein, was welcomed as the new WFF South African president yesterday.
According to Strydom, taking over from her mentor, Alet Lemmer, who held the position for 10 years, is a great honour and privilege and she is excited to see what this new role holds for herself and all the other athletes in South Africa.
The body building champion has been involved in fitness since 2014 and competed from 2015 to 2016. She obtained her Pro-Card and International Title (Miss Universe Performance Figure) in 2016 in Orlando Florida at the WFF Universe Competition.
“I started judging nationally and internationally and acting as chairperson of Freestate/Northern Cape in 2017 and also did guest performances at various events.”
She explained to Bloemfontein Courant that she hopes that she can continue to motivate athletes across the country, bringing about fresh ideas and helping to progress the sport.
Strydom says that one of her greatest desires is to help all the “hidden gems” in the country to participate in international competitions as she knows that they are of top quality.
“With this platform that I have been given I hope to represent the country, bring about unity among female and male athletes and show people how to maintain a healthy life while being involved in bodybuilding and fitness.”
Her duties as president will include ensuring that rules and regulations are followed when competitions are held, attending competitions and ensuring that athletes are stage ready. The WFF show dates for 2020 will kick off on 4 April in Cape Town.