He had to settle for the runner’s up position last year, but there was no stopping Reemar Butcher from muscling his way to the Mr School Boy Bodybuilding title last night at the Lester Vaughan school.
Last year’s winners Laslo Bryron and Elsie Mofford were absent and there was optimism all around from the time the first of 100 competitors graced the staged just after 4 p.m.
But the only thing certain before the start of the 2017 edition of the National Sports Council Mr School Boy Bodybuilding and Miss School Girl Body Fitness Championships was that a new king and queen would be crowned.
The 18-year-old Butcher, hailing from the Daryll Jordan School, who said it was his last year in the competition, didn’t disappoint, coming out on top of a very competitive field of athletes who represented various secondary schools across the island. He captured the best poser and most muscular honours. His form was clear evidence of long hours in the gym as the young man perfected every pose showing the front double biceps, side chest, side triceps, lateral spread, abdominal and thigh.
Butcher’s biggest rival on the night was Deandre Bascombe of the St Leonard’s Boys who came second this time around, one place better than last year, while Andrian Dyall, formerly of the Alexandra School, now a student of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) came third.
For the females, Christ Church Foundation’s Tia-Ling Morgan was large and most definitely in charge of the 16-21 body fitness category. It was her first year competing at the championships and she looked a natural for the duration of her segment, showing no signs of nervousness.
Returning competitors Zalika Greaves and Reah Lewis were tipped ones to watch but fell short of the winner’s circle with the Barbados Community College gaining second and third through Shante Barker and Raven Greene.
In the upper juniors girls body building, Rowland Kirton used her home stage advantage to wow the crowd winning ahead of Springer Memorial’s Xiomara Ayes who took second position while the defending champion Christiana Maynard of the Ellerslie Secondary had to settle for third.
In the boys equivalent, the top three from last year remained the same but this time, Jayde Germain of the Government Industrial School who came third came out victorious causing Alleyne’s Trayvean Harvey to surrender his title coming second while Damar Elcock came third after coming second last year.
For the second consecutive tournament Adeyah Brewster gave the Alexandra School something to shout about winning the upper junior girls one-minute fitness routine in grand style, showing nice flexibility over Makeda Greaves after three contestants withdrew prior to the show.
Earlier, when the youngsters performed, George Lamming’s Tiara Padmore was first in the Tiny Tot girls body building defeating Bay Primary’s Tianna Murray and Damarah Callender from Grazettes.
Akanni Charles took the boys title, while Jayden Burke-Gooding came second for Wilkie Cumberbatch and Justice Lewis of St Lawrence was third.
In the fitness section of the same 6-8 age group, Halley Merrit was first representing George Lamming while Brianna Wallace of Bay Primary was the runner up with Kenya Archer coming third.
In the junior girls 9-11 fitness, Andreann Sealy got the top spot, ahead of Myesha Bourne and Danielle Welch.
In the body building for both junior boys and girls, Lester Vaughan’s Kemani Maynard was king while Wilkie Cumberbatch’s Shontel Jacobs was the queen.
Amar Gaskin of Grazettes Primary and Zarico Redman-Bellamy were second and third respectively while Bay Primary’s Tanisha Arthur came second and George Lamming’s Shania Challender repeated her third position in the girls. (AGB)