Barbadian bodybuilders and fitness athletes representing the island this week in the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CAC) in St Maarten are keen to ensure that the country’s legacy in international bodybuilding is protected.
Heavyweight contender Stevenson Belle, one of a number of muscle and fitness athletes receiving assistance from Sagicor General Insurance in attending the 2014 CAC Championships, said he was ready for the challenge on the big stage.
“I won the light-heavyweight title twice before at CAC and I am competing as a heavyweight for the first time . . . . I am training five days a week and looking to win,” said Belle, who is certain to be one of the best packages on show.
A strong 21-member Barbados contingent will leave the island on Wednesday for the 42nd IFBB Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships (CAC) in St Maarten from October 2-4 at the Sonesta Beach Resort.
Amazingly, the island’s athletes have won the overall team title on 30 occasions and are seeking to add another and continue the island’s impressive record in regional and international bodybuilding.
National Bikini Fitness champions Domini Alleyne and Melissa Burrowes also received assistance from Sagicor General Insurance and are among five women representing Barbados in that category at CAC.
“I was second at CAC in the Dominican Republic last year and I want to do better this year,” said Burrowes, who will compete in the 163cm and under division.
This is the second year that Sagicor General has assisted Barbadian bodybuilders in attending the CAC Championships, and assistant vice-president of marketing, Roger Spencer, said his company was proud to do so.
“We support a range of sports as well as sportsmen and women in their particular endeavours and we are happy to be able to assist some of our talented bodybuilders to the major CAC Championships,” said Spencer.
The CAC Championships are expected to attract more than 150 athletes from 25 countries.