- At 79 years old, Calvyn Fortuin is still as fit as ever
- He is South Africa's oldest competitive bodybuilder
- He began bodybuilding at the age of 14 and has won Mr Free State and Northern Cape titles
South Africa's oldest competitive builder is 79-year-old Calvyn Fortuin, a resident of Heidedal township in Mangaung, Free State.
The super fit and strong Fortuin began bodybuilding at the tender age of 14, Daily Sun reports. Despite his advanced age, he has no immediate plans of slowing down.
He said his dad introduced him to the sport and his passion has remained undiminished ever since. The first title he won was the Mr Free State title in 1964.
Fortuin defended it three times in a row, Briefly.co.za gathered. He also won the Northern Cape title in 1968 and defended it until 1971.
Remarkably, he was the first to hold both Mr Free State and Mr Northern Cape titles at the same time. He also won bronze at a Mr Universe contest held in London, although he didn't specify which year.
Fortuin is the oldest competitor in the over-50 age category. His main focus now is to get as many youths as he can off the streets and drugs through bodybuilding.
He operates his own gym at his township and declared that it's open all young people who are interested:
I want to continue to help the youth, who are faced with drugs and gangs.
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