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Shari mapping her strategy

Mike King

Shari mapping her strategy

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THE Princess of Belair is the favourite to make it two out of two in bikini fitness competition.
Shari Mapp, the stylish and elegant winner of last December’s Michael Riley Classic, is the one they all have to beat at this weekend’s Barbados Bikini Fitness which will be held on Saturday evening at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
“I am in better shape than last December. I expect to do well. I am sure I will challenge for one of the top positions,”?said Mapp, a former Deighton Griffith Secondary student, who resides in Belair, St Philip.
Last year on debut, Mapp scored an upset win over pre-contest favourite Macara Thornhill in the Michael Riley Classic at Harrison College. Thornhill, a student of Deighton Griffith, who turned 16 last November, is by-passing this contest.
 Mapp, 28, an analyst in the credit union division of the Financial Services Commission, is one of two entrants from Flawless Concepts. The other is Rashida Gill.
The line-up also includes Jessica Reynolds of Prostar Fitness, Janelle Butcher of Training Edge Inc and Janesia Pitt of Strike Force Gym.
Last year’s inaugural Barbados Bikini Fitness and Men’s Physique Cup was a resounding success and this second edition promises more of the same with a predominantly new cadre of bikini and physique athletes beginning their quest to become International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) professionals like Saskia Griffith and Maurice Arthur.
    The contribution this event is making to taking Barbados to the top of the Central American and Caribbean rankings cannot be ignored as it gives these new and exciting disciplines an opportunity to be showcased on their own.
    There are 19 entries in the Men’s Physique with more expected before the measurements are taken tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
    Some of the names known to fans include Jermaine Bradshaw and Duane Lucas of Strike Force Gym, Marc-Lee Bascombe of Unique Fitness, Jamil
Jones of J and S Fitness and Omar Benn of De Krackan’s Gym.
    Sponsors for the event are Aesthetic Dental, Rostrevor Hotel, Ace Pharmacy, Mint Condition Industrial Services, Fresh Vitamins and Hott FM.