THERE?IS?A?new kid in town and the bodybuilding fraternity had better watch out.
Minutes after capturing the prestigious Mr Bridgetown at the Major Noot Hall, Combermere School with an impressive 192 pounds of muscle, Dario Bryan declared that he felt “proud and impressed” with his victory and that he would be looking to enter all upcoming shows with a view to doing just as well.
“The last show I had the size but not the cuts so I went to work with the aim of taking Mr Bridgetown. I knew that [second-placed] Shaquille Lavine was leaner but I could not afford to be that lean as I am taller and I would look small matched up with Shaquille.
“I believe that outside of not being as lean as Shaquille, I had the bigger and better package and I hope to be even bigger, harder and better for Nationals,” Bryan told NATION?SPORT on Saturday night.
Bryan had looked the obvious winner in a ridiculously small field of four which was bolstered by Mr Novice Glen Collymore, who took the title by default as he was the lone competitor in that category. However, Collymore can take solace in the fact that he looks capable of causing damage in the future once he adds cuts to his size.
Collymore started by leaving Reginald Thorpe in the last spot as the more experienced Thorpe created laughter with his comical poses and risqué hand motions but lacked the condition to impress the judges.
Earlier, Lavine comfortably captured his third title by taking the Mr Teenager with Zico Best second, Laslo Byron third and Roland Arthur fourth. Lavine was hoping to match Therold Babb, who 21 years ago took Mr Teenager and Mr Bridgetown on the same night at Queen’s Park.
However, while Lavine looked lean and mean, Bryan cut an awesome picture, particularly his back which spread like a rippling cobra ready to paralyse all opposition.
A large crowd was on hand to view the show which started 40 minutes late because of a problem with the sound technician. Poor cuing by that technician and often times too loud or too low music irritated the audience further and forced MC Andrew Sealy to literally start telling the DJ when to start, stop or lower the music.
The Men’s Physique once again proved most popular with 15 males being whittled down to six with the favourite Marlon Dottin edging Ryan Brewster and Allan Reid, who ended second and third respectively. James Sheppard, Deono James and Hadley Hoyte all gave a good account.
The Senior Bikini Fitness was smoking with the tall Domini Alleyne’s red hair matching a sizzling body and a well carved backside which saw her turning back opposition from Kara-Lynn Belle, Melina Leblanc, Anke Griffith, Waynel Lynch and Faye Jones in that order.
Leblanc had taken the Junior Bikini Fitness with the popular Griffith being second and Lynch third. The tall Kathy-Anne Greenidge captured the Senior Body Fitness with Janelle Butcher second and the short and pert Nicole Garnes ending third.
Lone competitor Nakisha Downes won the Junior Body Fitness and Nandi Yard took the Ladies Fitness with ease as she was the only entrant.