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Finalists get ready to vie for top spot in Mr. Caribbean Barbados

Reigning champion Alex Forde.

Reigning champion Alex Forde.

With less than three weeks to go before the big standoff at the Boatyard on September 21 at 5 p.m., the five finalists — Fantastic Five — have been putting the finishing touches on their individual presentations and getting their bodies in peak condition for the unveiling as Mr. Caribbean Barbados celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.

The journey has not been an easy one for the competitors. Recruitment, initial assessments and fitness tests were complete by May 2013 and hard core training began in earnest on June 1. As part of their training regime, the men were required to attend Surfside Boot Camp, as well as high intensity interval training sprint sessions.

Event producer, Evy Bentham, noted that the competition began with nine men under consideration and after an arduous preliminary selection process the best five emerged.

“I encourage the men to put forward their best efforts and give their all in every session. The MCB journey is not just full of opportunities to have fun, party and meet people, but also a challenge to step outside their comfort zones to meet and exceed their physical limits,” Bentham added.

“In addition, we are searching for a man with the best combination of confidence, physical fitness and sex appeal to represent Barbados on the international stage. We found that man in 2012 when Alexander “The Great” Forde took the overall Mr. Caribbean International title, as well as the Fitness Challenge and thanks to the Facebook support of hundreds of Barbadians, the People’s Choice title. Right now Barbados is on top and we hope to keep that spot for another year.”

Next up on the calendar for the “Fantastic 5” will be the 50 metre truck pull and piggy back race at the Dover Playing Field on September 14, Caribbean Wellness Day, at 4:30 p.m.

The main event day will feature the Fitness Challenge and the crowd pleasing Physique Showcase. The winner of the Mr. Caribbean Barbados competition will be following in the footsteps of his predecessors to represent Barbados at the 2013 Mr. Caribbean International competition in Jamaica on October 12.

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