Sunday, April 14, 2024

Ripped and ready for Nationals


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Hoskyns?Worrell?seeks redemption, Stevenson Belle wants recognition and William Prescott is on resurrecting his bodybuilding career at what should be an absorbing National Championships this weekend at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Tomorrow’s event, sponsored by ALLMAX Nutrition, should be the highlight of the bodybuilding calendar with selectors using the championships as a guide to selecting the team for the 41st Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships to be held in the Dominican Republic on September 20 and 21.
CAC?will have meaning this year with additional pro cards at stake in the bikini fitness and men’s physique categories.
As always, men’s bodybuilding will be the meat and drink of the competition at the Nationals and fans are looking forward to the return of Prescott for the first time in three years and to see the improvement made by the rugged Belle, still on a high after his victory last month in Trinidad and?Tobago at the Sport World Classic.
Prescott has four Mr Barbados titles – 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2010 – but he is still to win on the regional front, which is a major disappointment for the man blessed with such great genetics. At age 50, time is not on his side, and Prescott must know that it is now or never.
Prescott has huge traps, shoulders and arms that complement a pleasing shape but his bugbear has always been an inability to rock the stage in razor-sharp condition.
If he finally gets it right, Prescott is a sure bet to conquer all and sundry here and in the Caribbean.
Worrell, 48, Mr Barbados 2008, who has been training hard at Fitness Zone in Hastings, Christ Church, told WEEKEND?SPORT, this could be his last Nationals and he wants to make a big impact.
The four-time Darcy Beckles Classic Invitational champ, says he wants to make up for his surprise loss to Belle at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad.
“I?think I am good enough to win Mr Barbados and go on to CAC from there,” Worrell said. “I wasn’t 100 per cent in Macoya. I?had a bit of a cold and that offset me a bit but all credit must go to Belle, he was on in Trinidad.
“I?am looking to redeem myself. Both Belle and Prescott are good men, but I am in excellent condition.
“Depending on the outcome, it could be my last Nationals so I want to go out a high. I?am coming for a fifth Darcy Beckles Classic but my focus now is more on the regional front especially if I secure the sponsorship,” added Worrell, who is bidding to hit the stage at 176 pounds.
Former Mr Barbados Martinus Durrant, who was king of the competition at last year’s Darcy Beckles Classic, is missing out but dazzling Sammy Eastmond and Laron Gibson, are flexing muscle this weekend along with Curtis Kirby and reigning Mr Bridgetown Joseph Bourne.
If the men’s bodybuilding competition lacks depth, the same may not be said about the men’s physique contest.
The more than a dozen contenders in this category include Marlon Dottin, Lynstron Griffith and Kevin Edwards while much is expected from the Surfside Wellness Centre team of Corey Weithers, Bacari Bascombe and the stylish Evy Bentham.
Bikini fitness has that wow factor and should once more be a treat with former Banks calendar girl, Saskia Griffith, headlining a field that includes Shakira Douglin and Natalie Webb.
Griffith, the Barbados and Caribbean queen, will start as favourite in a contest that also includes former Miss Bridgetown Nadia Bretney (Brute Force Gym), Tanisha Cross (Surfside) and Rashida Gill (Flawless Concepts).
In women’s bodybuilding, two former Miss Barbados winners Julia Davis and Rhonda Browne, both on the comeback trail, will contend with the 6ft 1in Diedre Archer, who also took a break from competition.
Ramona Morgan (J&S Fitness) is the heavy favourite to rule the body fitness segment with her main competition coming from World Championships silver medallist, Rashida Belgrave, Kathy-Ann Greenidge, Kim Sealy and Samantha Waithe.


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