A Cinderella story unfolded at the George Street Auditorium on Saturday night when Stevenson Belle captured the Mr. St Michael BodybuildingTitle. The competition, making a return after a ten-year hiatus, was fittingly won by a stalwart in sport who was making his return after being sidelined by injury for some time. Even though it was clear that the big guy was only just hitting his stride in his comeback round, he stood head and shoulders above the six competitors on the night.
Symmetry, mass, charisma and for the most part definition were spot on. Shaquille Lavine of Fitness Zone finished second while David Small, who won placed third at the Mr. Bridgetown competition again had to settle for third place. Samuel Eastmond’s fourth place finish was testimony to the fact that even in sport one has to keep abreast with the latest updates, as he lost points for doing the Moon Pose, which has been banned by the IFBB.
Michael Broome of J & S Fitness captured the Mr. Novice title while Roger Streeks, who seemed proportionally improved took the second position. Sean Springer won the Mr Physique category while Lucky Camille came away with top honours in the Mr. Physique Novice category.
There was much excitement generated by the Miss Bikini Fitness Category but when the dust settled it was a well-toned Shakira Doughlin who rose to the top of the pile. Julia Haynes who also won the Miss Bikini Fitness Novice category, took the second spot. Young up and coming sensation in the Bikini Fitness landscape, Alisha Barnett of Fitness zone, took the second runner-up position.
Understandably there were some teething problems from an organizational perspective for this comeback competition. The delayed start had the crowd a bit restless, however showmanship of the Tiny Tots got the crowd settled quite quickly. While boys gave a good account of themselves, it was the girls who demonstrated the refinement and class indicative of students who took the competition quite seriously. The little ladies all showed charisma and energy in their routines, which combined quite nicely with their athletic build. It was clear that even at such tender age one could identify natural malleable potential, which could be molded into big names in the sport, which has earned Barbados much regional recognition.
One such bright spark was nine-year-old Zatari Collymore, who took top honours in the Miss Tiny Tots. The results in this division were testimony to the hard work of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Physical Education programme as second place finisher Ashari Braithwaite and Myesha Bourne, third, also were products of the same alma mater.
Kobe Burgess of St. Paul’s Primary won the Mr. Tiny Tot category. Second was Jaden Dowridge of West Terrace Primary while Zarico Redman-Bellamy of Wilkie Cumberbatch was third. D’ Ana Scantlebury of Roland Edwards Primary, did her school proud when won the Ms. Junior Fitness. Leanne Alexandra of Alexandra School finished second.