Bodymen taking talent to Trinidad
A?six-man bodybuilding and physique team, spearheaded by reigning Mr Barbados Stevenson Belle, leaves here tomorrow for Trinidad and Tobago seeking to take most of the silverware at the 2014 Sportworld Classic, this weekend.
Team manager, two-time Mr Barbados Roger Boyce, told MIDWEEK?SPORT, that the aim of the trip will not only be to win trophies and cash prizes, but to expose young bodybuilders like reigning Mr Schoolboy and Mr Teenager Shaquille Lavine and 22-year-old Ramon Broomes, the 2012 overall Mr Barbados champ.
“The sport needs a real shot in the arm and there is a need to expose the youngsters to top-level competition. There are very few local shows and this is a chance for the boys to meet a higher level of competition. It is important we do well and that people like Shaquille and Ramon show what they are capable of.
“Everyone is not going to be able to represent Barbados or get a pro card, and amateurs need to flex their muscle at shows like this,” he said.
Boyce said that the team was very upbeat and should make an impact like last season when Belle won the overall title.
“All of the guys are in good shape. Belle is the spearhead of the team and will be tough to beat. Shaquille is one for the future and he will probably line up among the welterweights. Ramon is coming into his own. He is on the comeback trail and I expect him to do well in the light-heavyweight field. It`s a good all-round team that is ready to do battle,” he said.
Last year at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Belle, a rugged Coast Guard officer, walked away with TT$12 000 (BDS $4 000) after a titanic duel with Richard Noel, of Trinidad and Tobago, for the overall crown.
Belle, 33, spearheaded the performance from traditionally strong Barbados, with Hoskin “Biscuits” Worrell and Joseph “Runt”?Bourne also making their mark.
The durable Worrell, a multiple divisional winner at the Central American And Caribbean (CAC) Championships, is not returning to defend his middleweight title but Bourne is in the squad and hoping to prevail once more in the masters’ division.
Former Mr Bridgetown winner Laron Gibson is in this year’s team and there is another new face in men’s physique competitor, Ramon Dodson.
Posing rehearsals for the team have been conducted for the last six weeks under the supervision of coach Nicole Carter at the Fitness Zone in Hastings, Christ Church.
Boyce said that the Barbadians can expect stiff competition from Grenada, St Lucia and the host country in particular.
The contest, produced by former Caribbean champion Lawrence “The Beast”?Marshall, has a reputation for attracting world-class guest posers. Marshall has already had three Mr Olympia winners guest pose at his event. In 2012, reigning king Phil “The Gift” Heath gave an exhibition, which followed appearances by Jay Cutler in 2010 and the great Ronnie Coleman in 2006.
The full team is: Stevenson Belle (heavyweight), Ramon Broomes (light-heavyweight), Laron Gibson (super middleweight), Shaquille Lavine (welterweight), Joseph Bourne (masters) and Ramon Dodson (men’s physique).