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Eastmond out of nationals


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REIGNING Central American and Caribbean (CAC) lightweight champion Sammy Eastmond has been ruled out by injury from today’s national bodybuilding championships slated for the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

The dynamic Eastmond hurt his left shoulder in the gym a few weeks ago and has been unable to train with heavy weights ever since.

Eastmond, 41, who trains at Fudge’s Gym in Parish Land, Christ Church, told the SATURDAY SUN that he tore a muscle in his left shoulder while bench-pressing 300 pounds.

His rival, Mike Worrell, the former Barbados wicketkeeper batsman, who has made a successful transition to bodybuilding, should be the man to take over this class.

Much is expected from Dorell Coulthrust, the 42-year-old personal trainer from Shermans, St Peter, who will step on stage in the light-heavyweight division. Coulthrust, known for his huge shoulders and arms, is reported to ripped and ready.

Coulthrust is expected to give a good account of himself in the grand posedown of divisional champions, which is almost certain to feature top guns Hoskyn Worrell (middleweight) and Stevenson Belle (heavyweight).

The imposing Richard Waterman was reportedly preparing for the contest and would have added interest to the heavyweight class, but has decided to skip the event. The nationals will also be without Mr Barbados 2012 Ramon Broomes, who competed back in July in Trinidad and Tobago at the Sportworld Classic.

It is unfortunate that both Waterman and Broomes, will be backstage rather than on stage.

Bodybuilding is attracting just 15 entrants and is likely to be overshadowed by the men’s physique that has a field of 21 split into three classes.

Marlon Dottin is the favourite to prevail in the men’s physique where the numbers are a little down on that of last year. He and others, such as Omar Benn, Evy Bentham, Ramon Dodson and Kevin Edwards should make an impact.

As always, there is bound to be plenty of interest in the bikini fitness contest which has a wow factor and just as huge a following as men’s physique. Saskia Griffith, the Barbados and Caribbean queen, will be in the audience and not on stage as she has her sights set on the pro ranks.

Shakira Doughlin, Kara-Lyn Belle, and Natalie Webb lead a strong squad from Strike Force Gym, but the one to watch should be 27-year-old personal trainer Melissa Burrowes, the queen of the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic last year.

Shari Mapp, the winner of last December’s Michael Riley Classic, has much to prove after finishing down the field at the season opening Barbados Bikini Fitness. Mapp, 28, an analyst in the credit union division of the Financial Services Commission, is the only entrant from Flawless Concepts.

Ramona Morgan is one of the top figure girls in the region and wants nothing more than to earn her pro card this year. The first step towards that is taking the nationals this weekend.


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