How it all Began

In January 2014 an idea was born. A competition showcasing some of the fittest athletes in the region, competing in an event combining strongman implements, swimming and hard core fitness on the sunny seaside in Cyprus – the island of Aphrodite. The intention was to show the world that the sport of fitness is for both genders and that women can be as strong and fit as they are beautiful. Beauty in strength. Beauty in Fitness. Once the ball got rolling, invitations were sent out to selected high level female athletes from around Europe. The word began to spread about this unique competition in Cyprus, and soon the male athletes also wanted in.

Aphrodite Games Launches

January 2014 an idea was born. The intention was to show the world that the sport of fitness is for both genders and that women can be as strong and fit as they are beautiful. Beauty in strength.

Fittest Athletes in the region

Competing in an event combining strongman implements, swimming and hard core fitness.

Sunny Seaside in Cyprus

Tthe island of Aphrodite will welcome guest to the Limassol Old Port, our new location for the event. An exclusive waterfront development in the heart of the city, between the marina and the Limassol promenade.

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2016 marked the year of the revolutionised Aphrodite Games. Limassol Old Port was the new location for the event. An exclusive waterfront development in the heart of the city, between the marina and the Limassol promenade. 2016 saw a lineup jam packed with Games and Regionals level athletes, with over 20 nations being represented.
The team division showed a true representation of the multicultural atmosphere with 3 teams from 3 very different nations standing on the podium. In 3rd place was The Dutch Bunch, just behind Team Cyprus who used their home advantage to secure 2nd place. The runaway winners however were the Polish Beasts, with a very well suited name.
It came down to the wire to confirm the top 3 in the men’s division. Iceland’s Sigurdur Hafsteinn Jonsson was a man on a mission on the final day, and gave absolutely everything to finish 3 days in 3rd place. 2015’s runner up Joshua Wichtrup, made it back to back silver medals in 2016 as he once again shocked the crowd and showed that the last year was no fluke. Coming all the way from South Africa was Jason Smith who was consistent throughout and finished the clear winner of the 2016 Aphrodite Games.
The women’s final was like a mini Meridian Regionals, with 7 of the 8 ladies having all competed in Madrid that May. Two women were tied on points in 2nd and we needed to look back to see their head to head record wins to determine the final placings. It was 3 times Individual Games athlete - Thuri Helgadottir who finished in 3rd place holding up the 3-year tradition of a ‘Dottir’ on the podium. Russia’s Oxana Slivenko just snuck ahead of Helgadottir to secure 2nd place and complete her collection of 1st,2nd & 3rd place finishes at the Aphrodite Games. It was a very close battle for 2nd and 3rd place, but up at the top one woman was evidently ahead of the rest of the pack. That woman was Norway’s Kristin Holte.The team division showed a true representation of the multicultural atmosphere with 3 teams from 3 very different nations standing on the podium. In 3rd place was The Dutch Bunch, just behind Team Cyprus who used their home advantage to secure 2nd place. The runaway winners however were the Polish Beasts, with a very well suited name.
It came down to the wire to confirm the top 3 in the men’s division. Iceland’s Sigurdur Hafsteinn Jonsson was a man on a mission on the final day, and gave absolutely everything to finish 3 days in 3rd place. 2015’s runner up Joshua Wichtrup, made it back to back silver medals in 2016 as he once again shocked the crowd and showed that the last year was no fluke. Coming all the way from South Africa was Jason Smith who was consistent throughout and finished the clear winner of the 2016 Aphrodite Games.
The women’s final was like a mini Meridian Regionals, with 7 of the 8 ladies having all competed in Madrid that May. Two women were tied on points in 2nd and 3rd place and we needed to look back to see their head to head record wins to determine the final placings. It was 3 times Individual Games athlete - Thuri Helgadottir who finished in 3rd place holding up the 3-year tradition of a ‘Dottir’ on the podium. Russia’s Oxana Slivenko just snuck ahead of Helgadottir to secure 2nd place and complete her collection of 1st,2nd & 3rd place finishes at the Aphrodite Games. It was a very close battle for 2nd and 3rd place, but up at the top one woman was evidently ahead of the rest of the pack. That woman was Norway’s Kristin Holte.
It has been an exciting journey since the first Aphrodite Games in 2014.
  • revolutionised Aphrodite Games
  • new location – Old Port, Limassol
  • packed with Games & Regionals level athletes
  • Polish Beasts dominate
  • Mr. Consistent – Jason Smith
  • Kristin Holte clear at the top

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The second Aphrodite Games was held once again on the sandy beaches of Pareklissia, Limassol. However, this time the event was held over 2 days and introduced the team division. In the new teams division, Team Gorilla from Israel stepped up on the podium in 3rd place behind 2 teams from Russia – Heroical Fantasy Killers in 2nd and Team Idol in 1st.
Calm, cool and collected - The 2014 winner of the European Open – Jakob Magnusson from Iceland ended the 2 days in 3rd place, with his major highlight maxing out his snatch with his shades on and wearing a bright yellow t-shirt. In second place was the blonde-haired Viking looking German - Joshua Wichtrup. Joshua shocked everyone on the island with his performance, but he was so precise, efficient and effective with every movement tactically calculated, like clockwork. The 2015 Aphrodite Games men’s champion didn’t come to Cyprus to talk or make any friends. The Russian ‘Terminator’ Erast Palkin had one clear goal in his mind from the go…WIN! And win he did.
3-time Regional athlete, Marianna Tzourtzek of Greece fought her way to 3rd place on the podium for the women’s division. In second place was Iceland’s Hjordis Oskadottir, who put in a stellar performance, but despite her best efforts was not able to finish the 2-days atop of the podium. That privilege went to the 3rd place finisher in 2014 – Oxana Slivenko, who managed to succeed in what she attempted the previous yearCalm, cool and collected - The 2014 winner of the European Open – Jakob Magnusson from Iceland ended the 2 days in 3rd place, with his major highlight maxing out his snatch with his shades on and wearing a bright yellow t-shirt. In second place was the blonde-haired Viking looking German - Joshua Wichtrup. Joshua shocked everyone on the island with his performance as physically, he just didn't look like he could keep up with the big boys. He may not have had the bulging biceps and shredded 6pack like some of the other athletes competing, but he was so precise, efficient and effective with every movement, even his rests were tactically calculated, like clockwork. The 2015 Aphrodite Games men’s champion didn’t come to Cyprus to talk or make any friends. The Russian ‘Terminator’ Erast Palkin had one clear goal in his mind from the go…WIN! And win he did.
3-time Regional athlete, Marianna Tzourtzek of Greece fought her way to 3rd place on the podium for the women’s division. In second place was Iceland’s Hjordis Oskadottir, who put in a stellar performance, but despite her best efforts was not able to finish the 2-days atop of the podium. That privilege went to the 3rd place finisher in 2014 – Oxana Slivenko, who managed to succeed in what she attempted the previous year.
  • second Aphrodite Games
  • 2 day event
  • introduction of team division
  • viking looking Geraman - Joshua Wichtrup
  • win for Russian ‘Terminator’ Erast Palkin
  • Olympic medallist Oxana Slivenko succeeds

Our history

In January 2014 an idea was born. A competition showcasing some of the fittest athletes in the region, competing in an event combining strongman implements, swimming and hard core fitness on the sunny seaside in Cyprus - the island of Aphrodite. The intention was to show the world that the sport of fitness is for both genders and that women can be as strong and fit as they are beautiful. Beauty in strength. Beauty in Fitness. Once the ball got rolling, invitations were sent out to selected high level female athletes from around Europe. The word began to spread about this unique competition in Cyprus, and soon the male athletes also wanted in.
By June that year the first Aphrodite Games went live attracting some of Europe’s up and coming superstars in both the male and female divisions. A 1-day event held on the sandy beach of Limassol, with 5 gruelling workouts (2 completely strongman based) ended with some popular names on the podium. In the Men’s division, Iceland’s Arnar Sigurdsson just clinching 3rd place ahead of Jonas Muller. A 21-year-old Lukas Esslinger made sure there was a Swiss on the podium finishing in second place behind the shock winner – a Physical Education teacher from Russia – Sergey Koltovskoy.
On the women’s division, 6-time European Champion, 3-time World Champion, and Olympic Silver medallist in Olympic Weightlifting – Oxana Slivenko from Russia finished 3rd behind a young pre-games era Sara Sigmundsdottir from Iceland. In first place, taking full advantage of her background in strongman and as a former pro swimmer was Hannah Caldas who came all the way from the USA.

  • 2014 - idea was born
  • beauty in fitness
  • strongman, swimming & fitness
  • Cyprus – the island of Aphrodite
  • 21-year-old Lukas Esslinger
  • pre-games era Sara Sigmundsdottir
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