Lavine a cut above the rest

Shaquile Lavine put on an outstanding display when the National Bodybuilding and Physique Championships took place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night. The young bodybuilder achieved a rare double with the capture of the senior and junior Mr Barbados titles. Lavine won the senior Mr Barbados title after a keenly contested battle with Ramon Broomes.

Shaquile Lavine was the star attraction of the night winning both junior and senior bodybuilding titles. He won the best legs of the night as well.
Bodybuilder Ramon Broomes won the over 80 kgs category but had to settle for second place overall to Shaquile Lavine.

Lavine had his work cut out for him against Broomes, a former Mr Barbados and the current Mr Bridgetown titleholder who was the bigger of the two muscle men. But what Lavine lacked in bulk he made up for with deeper muscle striations. Indeed, the lower body fat worked in Lavine’s favour. He had better definition in his triceps, abs and quads than Broomes, whose smoothest in the legs especially was very apparent. The final pose down made the disparity in muscular definition even more evident.

Lavine, a member of the Christ Church-based Fitness Zone, was announced the winner by the master of ceremonies Julian Rogers just after midnight, but it was a decision anticipated by many long before that. Lavine had previously won the Mr Teenager and Mr Bridgetown titles.

Earlier in the night, he easily defeated nine other competitors to win the junior division. The fans were thrilled with the battle between Lavine and Lamar Coward, the junior Caribbean champion. Coward, 22, the biggest man on the stage had to settle for second position, Zico Best placed third and Kenmar Chandler was fourth.

Even though three-time Mr Barbados Stevenson Belle could not take part in the competition due to a provisional suspension by the National Anti- Doping Commission and former Caribbean lightweight champion Sammy Eastmond sat out Saturday’ night contest, it was a good victory for Lavine, who at the age of 21, is one of the youngest winners of the senior Mr Barbados title and is fulfilling the promise he has shown from his school days.

Broome, a member of the First Fitness Gym, had earlier won the middleweight division (over 80 kgs) from Kirk Alleyne who was second and David Small who was third.

In the physique competition, Hadley Hoyte retained his title after fighting off a stiff challenge from the likes of Terry Went and Fabian Eristee in the height class for contestants up to 173 centimetres. Alex Ifill won the height class for competitors up to 174 centimetres, with John Thompson of Wellness Centre placing second and Julien Jones of Twin Gym placing third.

Hadley Hoyte of Portside Fitness Centre won the men’s physique title for competitors up to 173cm.

The consistent Jamil Jones of J & S Fitness won the keenly contested men’s muscular physique category which was being staged for the first time. Second place went to Twin Gym’s Jermaine Bradshaw who last competed in 2013, while Ryan Bascombe of the Fitness Workshop took the third position.

(Left to right) Third place finisher in the men’s muscular physique Ryan Bascombe, winner Jamil Jones and second placed Jermaine Bradshaw.

The graceful Ramona Morgan of J & S Fitness continues to shine in the figure competition. She brought a completely toned package to once more emerge in winners’ row. The Thompson sisters Lynette and Dionne placed second and fourth respectively while Kara-lyn Belle came third. Belle, who trains at the Hilton Sports & Wellness Club, had previously taken first position in the 2015 and 2017 Mr Bridgetown competition.

Ramona Morgan (centre) won the body fitness title with Lynette Thompson (left) in second place and Kara-Lynn Belle in third place.

The symmetrically proportioned schoolteacher Shakira Doughlin continued her reign in the Bikini Fitness Contest. Doughlin has been a model of consistency over recent times and is the reigning St Michael Bikini queen. On the night she was simply an exquisite cut above the rest. Vanessa Jones came second and Natasha Joseph had to settle for third position. Doughlin, who has previously represented Barbados at the regional and international level, is scheduled to fly Barbados’ flag at the Central American and Caribbean Championships next month in Mexico.

Shakira Doughlin took the bikini fitness title for entrants up to 166cm and was the best overall bikini fitness competitor.

Julia Davis of Brute Force won the women’s physique title but was the only entrant in that category. With the Saturday evening show going into Sunday morning, it begged the question why organisers staged a ‘contest’ in a category with just one competitor.

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