Barbadian bodybuilders and fitness athletes representing the island at the 44th Central American and Caribbean Championships (CAC) in the Dominican Republic will be seeking to continue the country’s proud international legacy in muscle sport.
A competitive 24-member Barbados contingent, of 20 athletes and four officials, will leave the island Wednesday for the 2016 IFBB /CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships which run from September 29 to October 1.
Amazingly, Barbadian bodybuilders have won the overall team title on 31 occasions and are seeking to add another and continue the island’s impressive record in regional and international competition.
Among those seeking to do themselves and the country proud are first-timer Lynette Thompson, a Body Fitness competitor, Melissa Burrowes (defending champion in Bikini Fitness) and Marlon Dottin, the 2014 CAC champion in men’s physique competition.
These three competitors spoke of their ambitions yesterday as they received sponsorship support from Sagicor General Insurance to attend the region’s premier amateur Bodybuilding Championships.
“This is my first time on the CAC team but I expect to be on top of my game and produce something to remember. I thank Sagicor for their support and that has also been a form of motivation for me to want to do well,” said Thompson, whose sister Dionne is the CAC defending tall-class champion.
Thompson, a schoolteacher, came back to the sport recently after a six-year break and has made the national team after a second place finish at the Barbados national championships.
Bikini Ftiness champion Burrowes is a veteran of sorts at the CAC championships and will defend her 160cm division after capturing a gold medal at last year’s event in the Bahamas.
“I’m looking forward to the championships and I want to win again. It is a great sense of pride to be on the Barbados team and I want to do well and contribute to the overall team performance,” said Burrowes, who is contesting her fourth CAC championship.
Dottin, who is competing in the 170cm and under division in the men’s physique, is making a return to the national team after missing last year through injury.
He is also a previous champion, having won in 2014 in St. Maarten, and said he too was seeking another gold medal. “I am aiming to win my division but I know it will be very competitive. The Hispanic competitors tend to be well prepared and I am working to be on top of my game,” said Dottin.
This is the fourth year that Sagicor General Insurance 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 and fitness competitors to attend the major CAC championships,” said Spencer.
Close to 200 athletes from 30 countries are expected to contest the 2016 Championships in Santo Domingo.