Barbados’ longest running competition, The Mr Bridgetown/Novice/Teenager comes off this Saturday at Combermere at 6p.m.
It will showcase just over 50 of the island’s top athletes including rookies, rising stars and stalwarts in one of the most anticipated versions in recent memory.
All of the exciting disciplines of bodybuilding and fitness will be showcased culminating in nine overall titles. The quality on show will be a testimony to the hard work and dieting done by the athletes over the last few months. First Fitness Gym, National Stadium Gym and ABC Fitness will contribute most of the entrants of the fifteen participating gyms.
Lamar Coward from Fitness Workshop and Zico Best, a former Mr Schoolboy, are the front-runners for the Mr Teenager. They have both suffered defeats to Shaquille Lavine in the past but the coast is now clear for a new champion.
Laslo Byron and Kameko Byron from Stadium Gym are two other well known competitors in the nine man field. Valence Humphrey of the National Sports Council has to be credited for working with many of these youngsters. Junior Bikini Fitness and Junior Body Fitness will also have representatives from the Valley Fitness Zone and Stadium Gym. Junior fitness will be making its debut with a view to finding a suitable representative for the IFBB World Children Fitness Championships in Serbia, June 18-20.
Seven bodybuilders who have never won a title seek their first in the Mr Novice. David Small of Fitness Workshop is the favourite.
The traditional showpiece Mr Bridgetown heralds the return of impressive middleweight Roderick Waterman. He is ten pounds heavier than his last competition and promises to be at his all-time best to claim the crown. Rumour has it that another entrant who is a C.A.C champion will be added to the present five. This will be revealed at the weights and measurements tomorrow at the National Sports Council.
Men’s Physique is a hit with female fans as muscular development and stage presence combine to provide the new rage in the sport. Imagine bodybuilding and modelling pleasingly combined. Hadley Hoyte is a Crop Over costume model and Central American and Caribbean Short Class Champion who is looking to repeat as Mr. Bridgetown. Reigning Mr Barbados Ryan Haynes has pushed his body and vegetarian diet to the maximum and is bigger and better. Kirk Bovell is an inspiration for the members at Body Shapers. Julian Belgrave is the first ABC Gym male competitor to do a major BABBFF show. There will be major fireworks in this category.
The Women’s Bikini Fitness will be a showcase of beauty, glamour and well toned physiques as 15 gorgeous women hit the stage. Janelle Murray made a big impression at her debut last year and will fly the flag for Hilton Fitness by Precor. Jessie Taglight is a charismatic diminutive product of First Fitness Gym. A few rookies with promise will be Karen Perch, Bisa Simmons and Tracia Maxwell of Surfside Wellness, Body Shapers and ABC Fitness respectively. Vickyann Hope, Ashley Dyall, Janesia Pitt (Miss Barbados Bikini 2014) and Anke Griffith all have what it takes to be Miss Bridgetown.