Zico the best

BCC student wins Mr Schoolboy bodybuilding title

There’s no doubt about it. Zico Best is definitely the best schoolboy bodybuilder in the land.

The Barbados Community College student brought the best package onstage on his way to copping a fiercely contested Mr Schoolboy Bodybuilding title when the National Sports Council Tiger Malt Mr Schoolboy Bodybuilding and Ms Schoolgirl Body Fitness Championships took place last Friday at the Lester Vaughan secondary school.

Mr SchoolBoy 2014 Zico Best during one of his poses.
Mr SchoolBoy 2014 Zico Best during one of his poses.

There was no battle for the Ms Schoolgirl Body Fitness title though, as Queen’s College’s Sabrina Newton was head and shoulders above the other 13 competitors to take the coveted crown.

Best, 18, a sports management student at the Barbados Community College, wasn’t as cut as second placed Kammeco Byer of the Barbados Vocational Training Board, or as muscular as University of the West Indies’ student, Ryan Hall, who placed third.

But he brought ripped quads, defined triceps and shoulders, a ripped six-pack and the best symmetry of the 11 contestants.

After placing second in last year’s competition, an elated Best told Barbados Today he was overjoyed at taking the top spot this time around.

However, he admitted there were times leading up to the show that he didn’t think he was in good enough shape to win.

“Right now I feel glorious and joyful because I put in a lot of training, a lot of effort and a lot of work coming into this show,” the beaming resident of Road View, St Peter said.

“During the weeks leading up, I didn’t actually want to do it because I felt that I was too small and that I dieted too hard. But my friends and family kept me intact and kept me in a positive mindset to go through with it.

Even then, Best said when he got to the show and saw the form of Byer and Hall, he wasn’t too sure he would have won.

“But in the end this is a bodybuilding show. It isn’t about the guy with the biggest arms, or the biggest chest. It’s about showing muscle, detail and definition,” he explained.

“I wasn’t the biggest, I must admit, but I knew I had the muscle to support my current size and symmetry.”

Best said he would be contemplating taking part in the season-ending Michael Riley Classic, which will be held next month.

Had it not been for Hall’s poor posing, he might have posed a bigger threat.

He was monstrous, and had the best back and chest, but his inability to flex those muscles would have surely worked against him.

Byer, while ripped, was a bit too lean, and will need to add more mass to his physique.

From the time the 17-year-old Newton strutted on stage, it was evident the judge’s decision would just be a foregone conclusion.

Winner Sabrina Newton (centre) is flanked by first runner up Shaniqua Allamby (right), and third placed Brette Lawerence.
Winner Sabrina Newton (centre) is flanked by first runner up Shaniqua Allamby (right), and third placed Brette Lawerence.

The track and field sprinter was well toned with defined abs, excellent posture, showed great confidence and portrayed a beautiful smile.

Second place went to the Lodge School’s Shaniqua Allamby, while crowd favourite Brette Lawerence from the American University of Barbados finished third.

“I am excited because I see a lot of opportunities in this for me,” Newton, who trains at the Stadium Gym said shortly after being announced as the winner.

“I would really like to go as far as the international level.”

The night wasn’t without controversy though, with two baffling decisions coming in both the girls and boys’ Upper Bodybuilding divisions.

Tremaine Sobers of St George Secondary, the son of Darcy Beckles Classic champion Hoskyn Worrell, was lucky to be adjudged the winner of the Upper Juniors Bodybuilding division, ahead of Alexandra’s Joshua Broomes.

While Sobers was more defined, Broomes had the better overall package, including the best legs and back.

Mary Frasier of Darryl Jordan secondary could also consider herself unfortunate not to have won the Upper Junior Girls Bodybuilding title, placing second behind Rowland Kirton-Browne of Lester Vaughan, despite being in the best condition.

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