Winning and able



October 9, 2016
Winning and able

IRON MAN: Zelton Jasson with his trophies. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

Disabled Bishop Lavis bodybuilder takes national title in Grahamstown.

Meet the Cape Flats, and South Africa’s, newest bodybuilding champ.

Zelton Jasson impressed the judges with his performance at the South African Natural Bodybuilding Association championship in Grahamstown last weekend.

The 26-year-old champion from Bishop Lavis came first in the special division category, beating several other contestants from around the country.

The special division is for contestants with physical and mental disabilities.

Zelton, who has a mental disability, is a member of Tri-O-Lavians Body Building Club in Lavis, founded 40 years ago by 79-year-old former bodybuilding champ Jeremiah Trout.

Zelton is one of the clubs newest members, and after training for just six months, he has already won four competitions, including Mr Ironman and Western Province.

The “champion of the world”, as he calls himself, was still on a high on Wednesday when he spoke to the Daily Voice about his latest win.

Ek het heel eerste gekom,” he announced in between flexing his muscles and beating his chest, showing off his numerous trophies.

“I am the number one champion!

Ek is klaar op Facebook, die WP champion. There is only one champion and that is me,” he boasts.

Zelton, who is also a keen singer, says he trains three hours a day under the supervision of Jeremiah and his son, Brian Trout.

“I trained very hard for this and I was nervous,” he admits.

Ek was excited ook gewees. I train in the morning, then I go home, then I come back in the afternoon and at night.

“If it wasn’t for Mr B and Mr T, I wouldn’t be anywhere.

“My mother and father are very proud of me,” he says with his gap-toothed smile.

Jeremiah says Zelton surprised everyone with his amazing performance.

“I told him to do his best, and he did,” he says.

“After he won WP, I told him he can win them all.

Brian, who accompanied Zelton to the competition, adds: “The crowd really loved him down there. He really was the favourite.”

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