History of the sport in South Africa

  • Although armwrestling is an age old sport that has been practiced in a highly competitive environment, it is still a growing sport in South Africa and the African continent.
  • In 2002, with the aim and goal to orgainise, promote and manage armwrestling as a recognised and official sport in South Africa, an official Federation was established.
  • Over the years we have already attained a few phenomenal achievements. At the All African Championships, held in Morocco during April 2002, we were proudly to have two (2) South Africans make their mark in this sport bringing home Gold. Armand du Toit took Gold in the Open division and Pierre du Bruyn took Gold in the 85kg division.
  • Our Federation took a team of six members on invitation to the European Open Armwrestling Championships in Belgium. South Africa’s team uwas made up as follows:
    Hannes Wilkens – u/65kg & disabled
    Willie Botha – u/ 75kg
    Pierre du Bruyn – u/85kg
    Armand du Toit – u/100kg
    Renier du Toit – 100kg+
    Daan du Toit – Masters
  • These armwrestlers had some major achievements at this championship as follows:
    Hannes Wilkens – Gold in Disabled Division and Silver in u/65kg
    Willie Botha – 6th place
    Pierre du Bruyn – 6th place and chosen as “Guest of the Town” (Gold Medal)
    Armand du Toit – 4th place (left) and 6th place (right)
    Renier du Toit – 4th place
    Daan du Toit – Bronze in the Masters division
  • With the above achievement under the beld armwrestling in South Africa was established as an official amateur sport. Due to the hard work and promotion of thse first six armwrestlers the sport has grown into what it is today and every day we work to push it a little bigger and further into South Africa and Africa as a whole.