Belle captures Mr Barbados title
Veteran heavyweight Stevenson Belle flexed his way to the 2016 Mr Barbados title, when the Barbados Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation held its national championships at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night.
However Belle’s trek to the coveted top spot was by no means an easy one. It was only slightly better definition and leg development as well as a fluently choreographed pose routine, which gave Belle the edge over a massive Kirk Alleyne in the heavyweight division. Belle then went on to win the pose-off between himself and the winners of the lightweight, light-middleweight and middleweight divisions.
It was also a big night for young Shaquille Lavine, who captured the light middleweight division as well as the men’s junior bodybuilding title. Representing The Fitness Zone, Lavine demonstrated remarkable form for someone yet to attain the peak of their muscular development.
The middleweights held the interest of the avid bodybuilding fans, as it was the first major competition done by veteran Joseph Bourne for the 2016 calendar of events. This buzz quickly fizzled out, though, as it was clear that this was either a moment of levity for Bourne or simply a chance to gauge his strengths and weaknesses ahead of some upcoming card.
The top honour in that category went to David Small, who has factored heavily in most of the major bodybuilding events of 2016. Roger Streaks of Kracken Gym came away as the easy winner in the lightweight category.
Shakira Doughlin was also a big winner on the night, capturing the overall women’s bikini title as well as the under-166cm category of that competition. The men’s physique had a fantastic showing, however the category which really had the ladies jumping out of their seats was the first-time category of men’s classic physique. However when the dust settled, it was Hugo Greaves, who emerged as the first ever winner of this category. Hadley Hoyte was the best of the best in men’s physique contest, while Ronda Browne of Fitness Zone gave an impressive showing in the ladies physique to take a seat on winner’s row.
The event serves as the talent pool from which a national team will be chosen to represent Barbados at the CAC Championships. Kudos must be given to the organisers for hosting an event that adhered strictly to time and schedule, resulting in a fluently flowing and entertaining production.