Lavine reclaims title

Second consecutive win for bodybuilder

Shaquille Lavine brought an all-round package to capture his second consecutive Michael Riley Classic and Invitational Bodybuilding and Fitness Show now in its fifth year at the Combermere School last night.

Lucky Camille was also in winners circle when he defended his title in the Men’s Physique Division. Dominique John captured the title in the Women’s Bikini Fitness while Queen’s College student Sabrina Newton won the Body Fitness which had only one other competitor in Rashida Gill.

Lavine who represented Fitness Workshop delivered one hulk of a performance on stage to defeat the likes of this year Mr Schoolboy Zico Best, who came second, and Curtis Derby in third position.

From left, Zico Best and Shaquille Lavine went shoulder to toe in the Michael Riley Classic. (Morissa Lindsay).
From left, Zico Best and Shaquille Lavine went shoulder to toe in the Michael Riley Classic. (Morissa Lindsay).

The 19-year-old was judged most muscular, best arms, legs and symmetry to walk away with a top prize of $1,000 and a trophy.

Best tried to match his arch-rival muscle for muscle on stage but at the end of the night the judges and those in the audience knew who the eventual winner would be.

”I came a little harder, showed more definition and everything, trained hard and worked hard for it. I didn’t change my diet or anything so and I put in nuff hard work for this show,” Lavine told Barbados TODAY after his win.

Looking ahead, he already has his eyes set on next year’s Nationals but is not certain whether he will compete in the upcoming Mr Bridgetown.

Best earlier captured the Michael Riley Classic division to earn the top prize of $1000 and a trophy, Glasgow Byer received $750 for second place and Myetteiti Clarke third.

The Men’s Physique showdown was a two-way battle between Shawn Springer and Camille. The two clearly were a cut above the rest of competitors with defined abs, biceps and triceps. However it was Camille of Kracken gym who won over the judges and walked away with $400 prize money.

After the show Camille told Barbados TODAY he didn’t intend on taking a break and will be in the gym preparing for Nationals.

“I’m getting ready for Darcy Beckles and Nationals. Hopefully I come in better condition; I will be working on my physique and look to bring a better package.

”I will work on my legs a little bit and widen my shoulders,” he explained.

In the women’s Bikini Fitness, Nakisha Downes looked well toned with a lovely posture but she was edged out by Dominique John whose poise, fit body and lovely smile earned her the top prize of $400 and a perfume set.

From left, Nakisha Downes who came second, winner Domimique John  and Florence Field  who came third.
From left, Nakisha Downes who came second, winner Domimique John and Florence Field who came third.

Newton, 17 pulled off an easy win over Gill in the Body Fitness section with her well-toned body, great posture and defined abs.Riley who coordinated and hosted the show said he was a bit disappointed with the turn out but was very pleased with the overall performances he saw especially from guest posers Rocky Kewley from Trinidad and Tobago and local bodybuilder Ramon Broome.

Trevor Dynomite Eastmond was also on hand to share a few jokes.

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