Man with iron will

FROM a young age, Clifford Martin, 38, had a passion for sports and loved being outdoors playing rugby, on the athletics field or even surfing, but his life changed drastically at the age of 15.

After a dreadful car accident, Martin was severely injured leaving him paralysed from his chest down. Despite this he has a chiselled six-pack.

STEELY SIDE: Clifford Martin will represent South Africa at the International Natural Bodybuilding Association in Las Vegas starting today Picture: SUPPLIED

Martin chose to pursue a career in disabled power lifting, javelin, shot put, discus and his favourite; bench pressing and bodybuilding.

He has come a long way and is leading his dream after being selected to represent East London and South Africa at the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Championships in Las Vegas. Cliff is currently in the United States and readying himself for the competition that officially kicks off today.

Camille Everts, a colleague of Martin’s, personally took on the challenge to help raise money for a special wheelchair after his chair was damaged in an accident.

The chairs frame was bent which resulted in a misalignment of Martin’s body while in the chair. This has resulted in a curvature of his spine from months of sitting in the chair.

The Kempston Group and Round Table Nahoon 160 have partnered in raising funds for the muscle man.

Kempston managed to ensure the wheelchair accompanied Martin to Las Vegas, however he still needs to raise R43000 to cover the cost of this important piece of equipment. Those who wish to support towards Martin’s dream are encouraged to contact Camille Everts of the Kempston Group: 083-444-9883 or via e-mail on


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