South African Gladiators

FACTS

SOUTH AFRICAN GLADIATORS arrived on our TV screens in 1995.

  • Venue(s): BIG TOP ARENA, CARNIVAL CITY, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA also STANDARD BANK ARENA, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
  • Years: 1995, 1997, 1999-2001
  • Series: 5
  • Shows: UNKNOWN
  • Produced: SHAW PICTURES / MTN
  • Broadcast: SABC 3
  • Gladiators: 35
  • Events: 12

INFORMATION

The South African Gladiators had a rocky beginning. They first appeared in the second International Gladiators series without actually having recorded a domestic series of their own. They returned again for a three-part special Springbok Challenge series against the UK in 1997 - still without having recorded a single domestic show.

UK Gladiator Laser briefly joined her native South African team for the first Springbok Challenge series. She was transformed into Sheena.

The success of the Springbok Challenge shows in South Africa mean't that the series was picked up domestically. They began advertising the show by touring South Africa with a special 'Beach Gladiators' format.

The show had a massive make-over in 2000 with many of the Gladiators and Cast leaving the series. New blood was fed into the show and it was given Wrestling type styling. UK Gladiator Fox, who had been competiting in the second Springbok Challenge, also joined this series full-time. She was the second UK Gladiator in the shows history to transfer teams. Although the classic Gladiator format had been retained the show didn't prove as successful and sadly the series came to an end.

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GLADIATORS CAST

CHAMPIONS

South African Gladiators Champions
  • SERIES 1
    Unknown & Christo Blignaut.
  • SERIES 2
    Unknown.
  • SERIES 3
    Unknown.
  • SERIES 4
    Nivea Sekele & Unknown.
  • SERIES 5
    Unknown & Kwanele Gumbi.

TRIBUTE

Sahara (Christy Skoglund)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF SAHARA

Sahara, the longest serving and one of the most popular South African Gladiators, tragically died on the 3rd June 2001 from a severe brain haemorrhage / aneurysm.

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