The competition that went viral on South African social media – Mr South Africa has finally concluded and the winner was Wellington primary school teacher, Heinrich Gabler.
Heinrich’s road to the title is an inspiring one: He lost his mother in a car accident when he was nine-years-old and after being estranged from his father, Heinrich and his siblings grew up in a children’s home – House Andrew Murray in Wellington.
According to GoodNewsGuy, Heinrich was a promising rugby player, but he also had a strong calling to help and work with children. He received a bursary to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) where he studied education. He currently teaches and coaches rugby at Huguenot Primary School.
His passion for modelling and pageants began when he met Former Mr South Africa, Dieter Voigt when Heinrich was matric in 2007. Dieter said he saw the potential in Heinrich then, and he later became his mentor.
Heinrich has previously held the titles of Mister Huguenot, Mister Western Cape and Mister Winelands. Channel24 reported that he entered Mr South Africa in 2017 and made it to the Top 14, which prompted him to try again this year and ended earning him the title.
He is quoted by IOL as saying;
‘I have a passion for children and love inspiring people to become the best version of themselves…Winning Mr SA means the world to me, I really hope it gives the people of South Africa hope by showing that it doesn’t matter where you come from in life, what matters most is where you are heading…It was a long, tough but amazing journey. I’m extremely thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout this incredible journey.’
Heinrich Grobler was crowned at an event held at Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday night. Congrats, Heinrich! We’ll just be staring at this pic for a while, mmk.
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