Hadley Hoyte and Shakira Doughlin are among nine bodybuilding and fitness athletes who will represent Barbados at the Arnold Classic Brazil in Sao Paulo from April 20 – April 22.
It’s a historic event that will see local competitors on such a prestigious international stage for the first time in about seven decades.
The Barbados Squad reads: Shakira Doughlin, Vanessa Jones (Bikini Fitness), Dionne Thompson, Ramona Morgan (Body Fitness Masters), Hadley Hoyte, Jamil Jones (Men’s Physique), Ramon Broomes, Kirk Alleyne, Deono James (Men’s Bodying Building)
Speaking at a press conference yesterday afternoon at the Sparman Clinic top Barbadian men’s physique Hadley Hoyte told Barbados TODAY that despite never competing at the international level his preparation remained the same and he was confident ahead of the show.
“I never competed at the international level besides going to the CIC championships so this is my real first international event. Based on what I see it is a lot more competitors than compete regionally. It will be about 30 competitors per category so I really have to stand out. I am trying to be different.
“I haven’t done anything different in regards to training. I train six days a week all year. Training is always rigorous so I didn’t do anything different, just tried to develop some more and work on my weak areas but I think my chances are good,” he said.
Although admitting that the international competition is new to most of the Barbadian athletes, coach Roger Boyce who is a former Mr Barbados, expects his team to perform well and do Barbados proud.
“I think that everybody is in good shape, we have worked very hard over the last three months getting ready for this event. It is new territory we are going into but I expect all the athletes to do well. All we can do at this point is bring the best package for the night. We don’t know anything about the athletes we are coming up against, so basically all we can do is be as well prepared as possible.”
In brief remarks president of Barbados Amateur Body Building Fitness Federation (BABBFF) Alfred Sparman said that having the athletes competing on the international stage was part of the federation’s plans to take the sport of bodybuilding to higher heights.
“Last year we were supposed to send some athletes to Mexico but that didn’t happen because of the earthquake so we promised them that we would do something this year. So we decided to put them before our national coaches and then we made a choice. These guys dedicated themselves to the sport and now we have these strong competitors.”
Sparman added that BABFF would cover all the expenses necessary for the Barbadian team
“It is totally funded, we pay for everything and that is what we are about. This federation is not about what we can do for us. Many people think that is what we do. No! We are about the athletes and what we can do for them because without them we have nothing. We plan to make sure that the athletes get where they want to be.”
The Barbados team will leave for Brazil tomorrow.