Barbados’ Maurice Arthur has finished a commendable 15th from a field of 34 in his first ever professional outing at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro Men’s Physique Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennysylvania, held on Saturday.
The category was won by Mark Anthony Wingson of the United States with compatriots Jason Poston and Michael Anderson second and third respectively.
Arthur was the only Caribbean entrant in the competition which also drew contestants from New Zealand, Canada and Russia.
Arthur, 25, in his first ever national competition last year, emerged as the winner of the men’s physique (tall class) and was subsequently a member of the Barbados team at the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding And Fitness Federation Championships in the Dominican Republic the same year.
He won the tall class in the men’s physique and the overall pose down. Arthur is the first IFBB Pro Men’s Physique athlete produced in the CAC region. He is also the first Barbadian to turn professional after competing in just two competitions.
The resident of Bagatelle Terrace, St James has lavished praise on the Barbados Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation for the assistance he received during his brief amateur career and the opportunity he was afforded by the BABBFF to represent Barbados at the regional amateur level.
“After winning nationals I heard a lot of people question my win and I felt as if a lot of people didn’t feel I belonged on the team being a new competitor and not coming from a known gym. However, I felt as if you guys believed and invested in my development and gave me the necessary feedback to be the athlete that won at CAC, a completely different creature to what went on the stage at nationals. For this I thank you and I hope that this support continues for local amateurs and that the sport continues to get the attention and support it deserves,” he said.
Arthur is scheduled to return home tonight.