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Bajans after CAC title

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The Barbados Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (BABBFF) is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to recapture the team prize at this year’s Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships slated for Aruba in July.

President Dr Alfred Sparman said the Federation was seeking to send a full team to the annual championships that have traditionally been dominated by Barbados.

However, Barbados have not captured the team title since the 2014 event in St Maarten when Ramon Dodson earned a pro card by taking the overall title in the men’s physique competition.

“We are looking forward to Aruba and bringing home the bacon. We are looking to send over 20 competitors and make our presence felt. I will be accompanying the team for what should be an exciting event,” Sparman said.

In 2015 and 2016, Barbados had to settle for third spot while last year’s championships were aborted after earthquakes rocked central Mexico, collapsing homes and bridges.

The CAC Championships are being held much earlier than usual to capitalise on the tickets that were bought for Mexico last year.

“We brought the CAC up because we bought some tickets last year and we had to use the same tickets because people didn’t get the chance to go to Mexico.

“The regional body was very sympathetic to us and were able to bring up the championships from the customary August or September so we can capture that money spent last year for the tickets,” he said.

Sparman noted that with the championships being held earlier, it meant all the domestic shows had to be brought forward as well.

This year’s National Championships will be held on June 30 while the Bridgetown show is slated for May 12, both events are scheduled for the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre.

Reigning Mr Barbados Shaquile Lavine has indicated he will be seeking to win this year’s Mr Bridgetown, the oldest running bodybuilding contest in the Caribbean, which dates back to 1957.

In 2015, Lavine, a former Princess Margaret schoolboy, who hails from Vauxhall, Christ Church, became only the fourth man in history to win the Mr Teenager and Mr Bridgetown on the same night.

“I am ready for Mr Bridgetown. The battle is on. I am training very hard and I am confident,” Lavine said.

Now aged 22, Lavine was 19 when he won Mr Bridgetown and became the  third youngest winner in the history of the revered contest. Only Jefferson Phillips (17) and Therold Babb (18) were younger. (MK)

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