Local resident recognized by the IFBB for his contribution to bodybuilding


Helena Calitz, an avid fitness and bodybuilding owner, is the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and Bodybuilding South Africa (BBSA).

Helena got the nod Sept. 3 at the BBSA Nationals in Randburg.

She has been recognized for her outstanding work in the fitness and bodybuilding industry over a career that spans over a decade.

She entered the fitness industry while working in the United States in video production.

“When I returned to South Africa in 2007, I started my own fitness business. In 2009, I qualified as a national fitness and bodybuilding judge and was chosen as the president of the World Federation of fitness for Gauteng,” she said.

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His dedication and commitment allowed the sport to grow by leaps and bounds. Through her work as an event coordinator, she took on moderate attendance events and turned them into qualifying events for the Arnold Classic.

“In 2012, I took over two big events and started organizing them myself. It went from 60 athletes to more than 400 in 2016.

“In 2015, I joined the IFBB. I was then chosen as president of the province of Gauteng. I went from two bodybuilding and fitness events a year to six. All of these events qualify for the Arnold Classic Sports Festival.

“In 2016 I was also selected to host the Teen Fitness Challenge at the Arnold Classic Sports Festival and I still host it to this day. I also went to the Arnold Classic Sports Festival in Columbus USA as a of the South African team in 2016,” she said.

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