Bigger, better contest
The ALLMAX Nutrition National Championships will be held this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
This year’s nationals promises to be bigger and better than ever as the governing association will also be seeking to choose a team to retain the Central American and Caribbean Championships.
This year the 41st CAC Championships will be held in the Dominican Republic from September 19 to 22. Additional Pro cards will be at stake in the new categories of Bikini Fitness and Men’s Physique.
With over fifty athletes registered and more expected before the weights and measurements in the Poinsettia Room at 6 p.m. on August 22, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, the competition is anticipated to be very fierce.
The top contenders in Men’s Physique are expected to be Marlon Dottin, Lynstron Griffith and Kevin Edwards. Corey Weithers, Evy Bentham and Bacari Bascombe form a formidable Surfside Wellness Centre team, and should set fans’ tongues wagging. The Krackan Gym’s team of Omar Benn and Akeem Joseph as well as the Jones brothers, Andre and Jamil from J&S Fitness, will also be there to excite fans.
The Bikini Fitness segment has been a real crowd-pleaser and the dominance of Saskia Griffith, Shakira Douglin and Natalie Webb from the Strike Force Gym (Summit Pro Bodies Team) will be seriously tested. Former Miss Bridgetown Nadia Bretney (Brute Force Gym),
Tanisha Cross (Surfside) and Rashida Gill (Flawless Concepts) are some of the other top contenders who are certain to impress.
The Ladies Fitness category will again be featured and will mix gymnastic excellence with physical development. Asha Chase, Nicole Garnes and Kerri Gibson of Flawless Concepts, Surfside and J&H Health respectively should dazzle with their routines and physiques. Ramona Morgan (J&S Fitness) is the undisputed queen of Body Fitness in Barbados. Rashida Belgrave (World Championships silver medallist), Kathy-Ann Greenidge, Kim Sealy and Samantha Waithe will be her main competition.
Two former Miss Barbados athletes Julia Davis and Rhonda Browne will contend with Deidre Archer, who is in the shape of her life, as well as Crystal Lewis. Mr. Barbados will be the marquee event at nationals with contenders expected to be William Prescott, Laron Gibson, Samuel Eastmond, Hoskyn Worrell, Joseph Bourne and Stevenson Belle, fresh from his victory at the Sport World Classic in Trinidad and Tobago.
Two special awards will be featured at nationals this year. Roger “The Black Prince” Sealy will be given an Outstanding Service Award for his contribution to bodybuilding in Barbados as an athlete, gym owner and coach. The inaugural Winfield Bascombe Memorial Award will be given to an individual who displays exceptional qualities in the areas of competition, administration and promotion of the sport of bodybuilding and fitness in Barbados.
Bascombe was a founder member of the CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation and a father figure of the local sport. Strike Force Gym has been the top gym at nationals for the last three years and they hope to make it four in a row this year. The audience is in for a special treat and will benefit from free membership at Surfside Wellness Centre as well as hundreds of free ALLMAX Nutrition Samples. Top athletes will also benefit from thousands of dollars in ALLMAX Nutrition supplements as they prepare for the CAC.
ALLMAX Nutrition is a supplier of top quality bodybuilding and sports nutrition supplements making its entry into the Barbadian market and is the title sponsor of the championships. The event is also sponsored by Mint Condition Industrial Services, ACE Pharmacy, Surfside Wellness Centre and Hott 95.3 FM.