Thursday, April 18, 2024

Sisters ready for the stage


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THEY ARE sisters and training partners but rivals on the body figure and fitness stage.
And on Friday, Jeanna Johnson will be going all out to dethrone her sibling Kelly-Ann Skeete when the Sunshine Cereals-sponsored National Sports Council Mr Schoolboy Bodybuilding and Schoolgirl fitness show is held at the Lester Vaughan School from 4 p.m.
Skeete, 18, won last year’s contest as an Alexandra student but is now enrolled at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, pursuing a diploma in geriatric studies.
She is expected to receive stiff competition from 19-year-old Johnson, who is in her second year of the physical education programme at the Barbados Community College after graduating from Alexandra.
“I enjoyed training with my sister, Jeanna. She was my motivation to enter the show and at the end of the day, whether she wins or I, we will do our best,” Skeete said at a media briefing at the office of the sponsors, Armstrong Agencies in Lower Estate, St George, yesterday.
Johnson, the national under-20 footballer, who plays for local club Technique, is seeking to improve on her third position last year.
“We train together but at the end of the day, I would like to beat my sister. I’ve beaten her and she beat me last year so it’s a rally but I’m coming hard and looking strong to beat Kelly-Ann,” a confident Johnson said.
Skeete and Johnson will be the two most experienced competitors on stage, having finished third and second to former schoolgirl queen Rashida Belgrave at the 2008 Mr and Miss Bridgetown contest.
There will be a new Mr Schoolboy as Jonathan Nana, the former Harrison College standout, is no longer eligible to participate in a contest for boys between 16 and 19 years old.
In Nana’s absence, last year’s runner-up Shaquille Lavine is expected to prevail. But he will have to stave off a challenge from SJPP’s Romel Harewood, who was third last year, and Shaquille Kellman.
Kellman won the 13-15 age group last year but will compete among the big boys for the first time.
As usual, primary schools such as Wilkie Cumberbatch, Charles F. Broome, Lawrence T. Gay and Luther Thorne will renew their battle in the 6-8 tiny tots (6-8) and junior (9-11) categories.
There will also be an Upper Juniors (12-15) age group where secondary schools, Garrison, Combermere, Deighton Griffith, Lodge and Metropolitan will be represented.
Sales manager
Junior Codrington said Armstrong Agencies was very proud to be once again sponsoring the competition.
“We realise that health is very important, and if we in some way can use our products and finances to guide those who are young to a better life, I would say that we would have done our part,” Codrington said.

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