Worrell signs off from nationals with win
Hoskins “Biscuit” Worrell is now thrice a national champion and that will have to suffice as he has no intention of returning to Mr Barbados competition next year.
Over the weekend at the 2015 Barbados Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Allmax-sponsored National Championships at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center, Worrell once again won the Mr Barbados title having been victorious previously in 2003 and 2013.
A member of the First Fitness Zone gym, Worrell took the title easily in the light- heavyweight division in which he was the lone competitor after his main rival Stevenson Belle a two-time Mr Barbados did not compete due to a back injury. Other known contenders did not show up to make the big man sweat.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY, the 50-year old Worrell said: “Next year I wouldn’t be coming back. I feel good to know that this is my third Mr Barbados but it would have been better if I had the competition because with the competition I would really know my true potential with the guys. But it’s disappointing to know the guys didn’t come and I guess I will meet them at the Darcy [Beckles] classic.”
He now has his eyes set on the Central American and Caribbean Championships slated for September 24 to 27 in the Bahamas. Barbados are the defending champions and Worrell is seeking to win the overall title.
“I have to go back now to the drawing board train hard, step up on my diet and do a little to steam down my mid section a bit more and bring in my thighs a little sharper,” said the former 16-time CAC Welterweight champion.
Joseph Bourne also of Fitness Zone was unopposed in the middleweight category.
Despite the lack of competition in those two divisions it was 2015 Junior Mr Barbados Shaquille Lavine who delivered the goods when he went head-to-head with former Mr Schoolboy Zico Best who provided some stiff competition for the stallion Lavine who captured both the junior men and light middleweight hardware representing Fitness Zone.
In the men’s under 178cm physique showdown Ryan Haynes from the First Fitness Gym and Training Center edged out Jamil Jones of J&S Fitness for the top prize.
Haynes has had a relatively good year so far where he won the men’s physique at Mr Bridgetown a few months ago and came back on Saturday and also captured the national title.
For him the feeling was unbelievable.
“I’m so hoping it’s not a dream. But on a serious note it’s a testament to lots of hard training and sacrifice and tenacity. The work I had to put in was on a different level all together to be able to win nationals and to actually win is a surreal feeling,” said Haynes, who credited a fantastic support team that included the likes of former bodybuilder Michael Riley.
“I had people like Michael Riley and I would not have been able to do anything in physique without him and what we did was go back to the drawing board, create a different plan and this was the result,” said an elated Haynes who added that he could not wait to represent Barbados at CAC.
The ladies were all business especially in the body fitness section and at the end of the night there was only one individual in the judges’ eyes that had the cut, tone and definition above all others and that was Janelle Butcher of ABC Fitness Studio.
Butcher who came second last year in the seniors redeemed herself by taking the title this time around from second-placed Nicole Garnes of Surfside Wellness Center and Rashida Gill of Flawless Performance Center in the women’s 163cm and under.
A confident Butcher gave her take on capturing her first national title.
“I usually compete against myself so I’m never intimidated by competitors, so I’m always very comfortable about that,” said the 37-year-old who noted that after placing fourth at CAC last year she was looking to perform much better this time around.
Butcher claimed the overall prize from Kara- Lynn Belle of First Fitness Gym and Training Centre who won the women’s 163cm and over senior body fitness title.
Another who epitomized confidence on the night was Shakira Douglin, also of the ABC Studio.
Douglin, a first-time overall winner competing in the ladies’ 163cm and under bikini section, explained that she was speechless hearing the announcement but was humbled at her success after being in the sport for five years.
According to her she always wanted to look her best because she did not know what to expect competing against other women who brought something different to the table every year. She added that having a consistent routine had helped her to this point.
“There is something you just have to stick too and for me having a routine which includes eating, sleeping and working out is something I stick too and staying consistent with it because I always just want to look my best,” said Douglin who is also a volleyball player.
It was a good night for ABC women as Lana Richards won the 169cm and over ladies bikini while fellow gym member Claire Cherubin took the 169cm and under.
Deidre Archer of J&S Fitness came first in the women’s physique over Julia Davis of Brute Force gym.
Other wins on the night came from Curtis Kirby of First Fitness Gym and Training Center in the men’s lightweight; Darren Norris of J&S fitness in the men’s 178cm physique; and Hadley Hoyte in the 174cm.
Rashida Gill won the junior ladies body fitness. Meanwhile Nikita Robinson was the only competitor in the ladies body fitness.