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Shaq shines

Mike King

Shaq shines

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Raheeim Flemming was dynamite in a small package. Shaquille Lavine brought muscular detail. Macara Thornhill brought beauty and style.
The Mr Schoolboy and Body Fitness Championships had it all and a standing room only audience at the The Lester Vaughan Secondary School had a full treat for more than five hours, Friday night.
Mr Schoolboy maybe the showpiece event but the loudest screams and the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for the Junior Boys (9-11) bodybuilding and the Miss Body Fitness competitions.
Flemming of St Paul’s Primary, was the stand out among the junior boys, delivering the most captivating performance of the championships. He displayed some of his poses like an accomplished performer and what’s more, with a style that had the audience begging for more.
Adam Kellman of Bay Primary was a solid second with Dominic Bushell of St Paul’s Primary, third.
The Body Fitness contest for senior girls (16-21) attracted 13 entrants, and was keenly contested. However, it was clear from the comparisons that the shapely Thornhill, who was competing on home turf at Lester Vaughan and the elegant Shaniqua Allamby of the Lodge School, would be the ones to battle for the top two positions.
In the end, the judges went for Thornhill, who turns 16 next week. “I was a little surprised to win, because I knew it was close between me and the girl from The Lodge School. I am proud of how I look and the plan is to improve all the time and become more toned,” she said.
Shanade Marksman of the Frederick Smith Secondary School was third and Nakisha Downes of the Barbados Community College, completed the top four.
The night cap event, the Mr Schoolboy, was a slam dunk for the 18-year-old Lavine, the national junior champ and the fifth place junior at the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC)? Championships in Santo Domingo.
He was the class of the ten-man competition, easily outsripping his rivals in terms of condition with his sharp abs, huge quads and his back muscle biceps shot, a feature of his presentation.
Lavine, a product of the Metropolitan Institute, was also voted Best Poser and Most Muscular.
Bay Primary had a memorable night, sweeping the top three places in the Junior Girls (9-11) bodybuilding by way of Rowland Kirton-Browne, Makayla Priddee and Jada Parris while Alysha Mascoll of L. T. Gay led the way in the Junior Girls (9-11) Fitness.
The Tiny Tots competition was riveting. The fans of Hillaby Turners Hall couldn’t contain their delight at the rousing success of Kemani Maynard in the bodybuilding for boys (6-8) while Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary were 1-2 among the girls by way of Latisha Corbin and Gabrielle Abram. Saskia Ward of St Paul’s Primary, conquered the fitness contest for girls between 6-8.
Defending champion Sankara Price of Alexandra was dethroned in the fitness contest for girls 12-15 with Foundation fifth former Shamariah Jones, emerging as the new queen.
Stefano Alleyne of Lester Vaughan, showcasing a muscular back and big triceps, had more muscle than anyone else in the bodybuilding for boys 12-15 while promising middle-distance runners Mary Fraser and Jeal Williams were 1-2 in the female equivalent.