Saturday, April 13, 2024

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It is almost?certain that a young turk will win tomorrow night’s Mr Bridgetown, which heralds the start of the bodybuilding season.
That’s because reigning Mr Schoolboy Shaquille Lavine and two-time Mr Teenager Dario Bryan are the heavy favourites to win this country’s oldest bodybuilding event which dates back to 1956.
The line-up is small with just about six entrants but Lavine and Bryan, both of whom work out at the St George-based Fitness Workshop, are bound to provide plenty of fireworks for fans at the Combermere school hall.
Bryan, 22, has been hailed as one for the future, but he is still to make an impact in the senior ranks, placing as low as fifth in the open division of the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic last November.
If he brings his “A” game, he will give a good account of himself but his issue has been finding the combination of mass and razor-sharp muscle.
Lavine celebrated victory twice in November. He was an emphatic winner of Mr Schoolboy contest at the Lester Vaughan School and was king of the Michael Riley Classic held at Harrison College.
The former Metropolitan schoolboy, will start as favourite. He has sharp clean muscle and if he has managed to add quality mass, will be hard to beat.
There is a lot at stake. Some of the best bodybuilders in this country, Loftus Roach, Albert Scantlebury and Roger Boyce, have never won Mr Bridgetown, and no doubt Lavine and Bryan will want to add their name to the prized list of champions.
National Stadium Gym, under the guidance of coach Valance Humphrey, the 1984 Mr Teenager winner, will introduce Zico Best, Roland Arthur, Laslo Byron and Dylon Caddle as contenders for the Mr Teenager.
The small fields in bodybuilding is further proof that the sport is on the decline. It couldn’t have contrasted more with the large field for the fast-rising men’s physique competition that is attracting 17 entrants.
Barbados champion Marlon Dottin, who represents Valley Fitness, will face a stiff challenge from Ryan Brewster, the winner of the Men’s Physique Cup at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre a few weeks ago.
Dottin, who has reportedly spent the past few months improving his physique with a view to gaining IFBB Pro status, has the experience but it will come down to who presents the best package.
The charismatic Brewster, a double bronze medallist in the 800 metres and 1 500 metres at the 1990 CARIFTA Games in Jamaica, has reinvented himself with six-pack abs and dry hard muscle. That showdown should be the meat and drink of the entire competition.
Body Fitness competitors include Nicole Garnes of Surfside Fitness, Janelle Butcher (The Training Edge), Nakisha Downes from the Stadium gym and Kathy-Anne Greenidge, who is keen to win her first title.
Strike Force Gym has a cadre of under-23 bikini fitness girls such as Anke Griffith, Melina Leblanc and Waynel Lynch, while Faye Jones of Unique Fitness and the Strike Force Gym duo of Kara-Lynn Belle and Domini Alleyne are among the senior bikini fitness entries.  
Sponsors of the event include Mint Condition Industrial Services, Ace Pharmacy, Fresh Vitamins and Hott 95.3 FM.

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