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‘Broad Back’ ends visit

BARBADIAN Ross Caesar has earned an International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) pro card after capturing the men’s classic physique A Class over the weekend at the Joe Weider’s Olympic Amateur South America in Medellin, Colombia.

It was an impressive performance from the rugged, razor-sharp Caesar, who has been based in Bermuda for more than ten years.

However, it almost never happened as the Ultimate Fitness Club trainer had originally planned to leave Medellin the previous day after competing in the middleweight bodybuilding division, where he placed fourth.

Caesar told the Royal Gazette it was a last-minute decision.

“It wasn’t planned before I left Bermuda,” said Caesar, who was also second overall in the Men’s Classic Physique. “I came really just to do bodybuilding, so it was a last-minute decision.

“I did bodybuilding and I came fourth in my class and was actually leaving Colombia, but I decided to stick it out and go for Classic Physique.

“Initially, I didn’t think I would

make weight for the Classic Physique, but I made it. I guess from the travelling I dropped some water weight, so I made the weight for the classic for my height division, which worked perfect.”

“It was an Olympia, so I knew it was going to be a tough, competitive show,” he said.

“The idea really for me was actually get in the top five because when you come to these events you never know who is coming.”

A total of 21 pro cards were up for grabs at the event, where participants competed in seven categories.

Caesar, a former Mr Bermuda, said he was looking forward to competing as a professional and is well aware of the challenges.

“It’s a whole different level now, so I have to work a bit harder and be a bit more focused,” he said.

“The hard work starts now but I’ll take it one day at a time and will definitely use [the pro card].

This marks a remarkable comeback for Caesar, who has twice failed drug tests, the last of which was after winning the light-middleweight title at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships

in Grenada. (MK) heavyweight champion, said he was delighted to return home and visit family and friends.

“Barbados will always be my home. I hope to be back later this year and hopefully watch a bodybuilding contest,” said Parris, who resides in Boston.

Parris returns to the United States today after a one-week visit. (MK)

ST LUCIA QUARTER-MILE record holder, Kelvin ‘Bird’ Daniel. (Picture by Trevor Thorpe.)

HAIL CAESAR: Bermuda-based Barbadian Ross Caesar is now an IFBB pro. (FP)

FORMER Barbados and Caribbean bodybuilding champion Tony “Broad Back” Parris, is ending a brief stay back home.

Parris, the 1989 Mr Barbados, and a threetime Central American and Caribbean (CAC)

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