Just two weeks after capturing the Mr Caribbean Barbados 2012 title, Alexander Forde went on to do what no other Barbadian has been able to do – win Mr Caribbean International.
In its tenth year, the Mr Caribbean International competition was held in Negril, Jamaica and featured the best competitors from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, UK, Canada, US, Barbados and the Bahamas. Trophies were awarded for overall winner, fitness, physique, and people’s choice. Minor categories also judged were formal wear, question and answer, talent and blind date.
Forde, who has represented Barbados in 400 metre hurdles and is currently a personal trainer and running coach at Surfside Wellness Centre, made a convincing win over the other competitors by capturing not just the people’s choice and fitness crown, but the overall trophy as well. As Mr Caribbean International 2012, Forde will have the opportunity to travel, speak and appear on behalf of the Canada-based organisation over the next year. He will also receive $5,000 and a five-night stay for two at Super Clubs Resort.
Mr Caribbean Barbados franchise holder, Evy Bentham, who was on location for the international event, was elated at the outcome.
“I have been trying to bring the title home to Barbados since 2008 when I competed and in the following years as a country director,” Bentham said. “Last year we placed third but this year Alex really cleaned up. I am proud of this achievement and thankful to all who supported us in this endeavour.”
He added: “The competition was tight but Alex’s winning personality and superior fitness brought the victory home.”
In second place and winner of the Best Physique title was Andre Walker (Jamaica), while Nathaniel Goodwin (US) placed third.