Mitchells Plain’s Brandon Samuels reigns supreme at All Africa Games

A young powerlifter from Mitchells Plain broke five records at the All Africa Games held earlier this month.
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Brandon Samuels, 21, a young powerlifter from Mitchells Plain has returned home a champion after breaking five records at the All Africa Games held earlier this month.

The young powerlifter is all smiles after also being ranked the second best powerlifter in Africa in his division, after participating at the championships held in Potchefstroom.

Two years ago, the young man from Montrose Park set out to achieve his dreams of becoming a professional powerlifter, despite only being employed part-time at a printing shop

In March, Brandon was awarded his Protea colours after breaking the national deadlift record at the SA Powerlifting Championships and qualified for the world champs in Sweden.

But his elation was short-lived and he couldn’t go as he needed to raise more than R30 000 in just two months. He says his performance went down because again it was a problem with finances

He says a private donor from Mossel Bay who saw him, contacted him and made a donation.

“I actually got fat and weighed 70kg, but because I was competing in the under 66kg division, I had to go on a diet and work hard to motivate myself and get ready for the All Africa Games.”

With the help of his coach, Ebrahim Mubara, Brandon was ready to compete but when he arrived, he found that there were no other qualifiers in his weight division, so he set out to break his own records.

The All Africa deadlift record was 250kg but he achieved 252.5kg and set the new record. This was also the record in the national junior and senior deadlift records for South Africa, so Samuels obtained two more records.

In the total score record for the national junior and senior category, he achieved 550 points whereas the previous record was 545. In the junior overall ranking, Brandon came second to Merwas Eslam Salem from Libya.

He says he is happy with the progress and that his family and fiancée, Adrienne Stuurman, really supported him.

Now the young powerlifter is focused on raising funds for the 2020 World Champs so he can compete on an international stage.

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