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Top class: Reemar and Tia-Ling


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Reemar Butcher had everything, and Tia-Ling Morgan had no competition at the Mr Schoolboy Bodybuilding & Miss Schoolgirl Body Fitness Championships on Friday night at the Lester Vaughan School.

Butcher has had a progressive climb to the podium, having placed third when he made his debut appearance in 2015 and second last year.

The 18-year-old head boy at Daryll Jordan Secondary, who was also named Best Poser and Most Muscular, gave a masterful performance, while ensuring that he showed off his cutting-edge muscle detail, tiny waist and toned legs during his fluent minute-long routine.

He was the favourite on the night but said it was his final year in the contest since he was willing to give someone else a chance.

“I went into Nationals and I placed fifth. I decided to maintain my size and work on my muscle control,” he said.

With the Michael Riley Classic off the calendar this year, he said his next appearances would probably be at Mr Teenager and Nationals.

St Leonard’s student Deandre Bascombe also took a step up to the second prize after going home with the bronze in last year’s competition.

For Morgan, a 16-year old student of Christ Church Foundation, it was the night of her life.

She was the first to grace the stage in her purple bedazzled bikini and the last in everyone’s mind as she was the most toned of the group.

She told SUNSPORT that preparing for the competition was no walk in the park since she had to juggle her studies and give up her guilty pleasure − chocolate.

She took centre stage in body fitness after performing in the competition only once before − in the Upper Junior Bodybuilding category, where she placed fourth. As she is only 16, she is planning on competing in the competition up to the age of 21.

Shante Barker of the Barbados Community College was second.

Jayde Germain was the second competitor from the Government Industrial School to win a category in over 20 years of the staging of the championships. (RG)


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