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Bodybuilding stalwarts rewarded for their efforts

11/24/2009

A call has been made for a return to the days when Barbados produced world class bodybuilders capable of beating competitors on the international stage.

This coming from Director of the National Sports Council Erskine King, as he gave the opening remarks at the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic and Figure Championships on Sunday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

He noted that Darcy Beckles and many others had done a lot to put Barbados on the map with their prowess in bodybuilding and noted that bodybuilding at one time was just as popular a sport as cricket here in Barbados.

I would love to see the day when we are back to that level. I must say the performances in recent competitions gives us hope that we are on that road again, said King.

King also noted that he was impressed by the organisers decision to recognise some of the stalwarts of the sport who have contributed significantly to the development of local bodybuilding. Those receiving awards on Sunday were Jenny Beckles, Delbert Bannister, Roger Sealy and Winfield Bascombe.

He praised the organisers for recognising the importance of the progress made and was pleased with the large turnout of support by the bodybuilding fraternity. He called for them to embrace the younger gym owners so that they too will be able to come to a podium and receive the accolades of their peers.

Also addressing those gathered was President of the Barbados Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation, Dr. Andrew Forde, who noted that the show was the culmination of a long and successful year for Barbados.

Barbados came second in the regional junior bodybuilding championships and won the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Grenada this year. They were also rightfully given the CAC crown which was robbed from them due to a statistical error last year in Bahamas. The juniors also did well at the World Junior Championships, coming back home with two silver medals thanks to Rashida Belgrave and Laron Gibson. (PH)

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