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Strong showing

Bajan wins international physique competition

Maurice Arthur is the toast of Men’s Physique competition in Barbados.

And on the international professional stage too.

Over the weekend the 25-year-old crowned himself in glory when he topped a field of 17 at the 2015 International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) Toronto Pro Men’s Physique Competition in Canada.

Maurice Arthur displaying the Barbados flag after his victory.

Maurice Arthur displaying the Barbados flag after his victory.

The Bagatelle Terrace, St Thomas resident wowed judges and fans alike with his solid, chiseled physique which saw him defeat a high quality field that included a number of former champions. Arthur had to contend with the likes of 2013 Mr Olympia Physique Champion Mark Anthony Wingson and Toronto 2014 two-time defending champion Matt Acton. Arthur has shown constant improvement since entering competition with a 2013 Men’s Physique Championship title in the tall class in his first outing on the national stage.

In his second competition and first Central American and Caribbean Championships, he won the tall class in the Men’s Physique and the overall pose down. Arthur is the first IFBB Pro Men’s Physique athlete produced by the CAC region. He is also the first Barbadian to turn professional after competing in just two competitions. He gave an indication of his promise on the professional stage when he debuted with a 15th place at the 2014 Pittsburgh Pro Men’s Physique Competition.

Arthur explained the motivation behind his excellent showing at this year’s event via Instagram.

“After placing 15th in my pro debut at the Pittsburgh Pro in 2014 I had a serious reality check. The IFBB pros were way bigger than I expected and I didn’t feel like I was ready. I had a choice to make. Be fearful and stay in the shadows or man up and get to work. I decided in June 2014 that toprosupershow 2015 would be the next show I did and I became obsessed with winning it. Every rep, every set, every meal for an entire year was done with this show in mind and emerging victorious,” he said.

He expressed his gratitude to all those who had assisted with his development and success so far, including the Barbados Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (BABBFF).

Responding to Arthur’s achievement, BABBFF president, Dr Andrew Forde said: Maurice’s meteoric rise is a credit to his hard work ethic coupled with the incredible job he has done to sculpture his genetically blessed physique. He is a credit to the Central American and Caribbean region and serves as an inspiration to the Barbadian athletes who will try to follow in his footsteps.(WG)

 List of competitors (in order of placement) : 1. Maurice Arthur (Barbados); 2. Matthew Acton (Australia); 3 – Michael Ferguson (United States); 4 – Sentanta Carroll (Ireland); 5 -Aj Shukoori; 6 – Eren Legend (Canada); 7 – Craig Capurso (United States); 8 – Mark Anthony Wingson (Trinidad & Tobago/Canada); 9 – Sean Sapera (Canada); 10 – Shane Makan (Canada); 11 – William “Breadman” Sullivan (United States); 12 – Chris Gurunlian (Canada); 13 – Wayne Chambers (Canada); 14 – Mario Hervas (Spain); 15 –  Chris Johnson (Canada); 16 – Sean Harley (United States); 17 – Jim Holcomb (United States)

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