A massive 122 competitors hailing from 32 schools across the island will be participating in this year’s National Sports Council’s Tiger Malt-sponsored Mr. Schoolboy Bodybuilding and Miss Body Fitness Championships, which are slated for this Friday at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School.
It would seem that a refocusing of the programme by bodybuilding coach Valance Humphrey, who has succeeded the retired Darcy Beckles, coupled with the impetus of new sponsors, Tiger Malt, has sparked renewed interest in the event as the number of entrants this year have more than doubled the 56 participants last year.
It is based on this heightened interest, which rests heavily on the wealth of existing talent as well as astute and creative planning, that organisers were able to boldly promise a “must see event” during their media briefing today at the National Sports Council’s Blenheim, St Michael head office.
During the briefing coach Humphrey revealed that quite a number of last year’s winners as well as their closest rivals would be once again locking horns in several of the categories, hence ensuring that dull moments would be at a minimum on the evening, which is scheduled to commence at 4 p.m.
Among the participants is Keiza Goodman-Hinds, who has already amassed four titles and would be seeking to add a fifth, should he successfully defend his Junior Boys 9-11 title.
Tiger Malt’s brand manager Horace Walker expressed pride in the association of his company’s product with a competition which holds such longstanding legacy and sentiment.