Two-time Mr. Guyana Clint Duke aims for gold at CAC
By Franklin Wilson
Reigning bodybuilding King of Guyana Clint Duke who staved off the challenges Oswin Jones, Devon Davis, Marlon Bennett and Adrian Andries to win the Mr. Guyana title at the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Senor Championships at the National Cultural Centre is confident that he will win gold at this weekend’s CAC Championships.
The 38th IFBB Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships will take place from September 22-26 in Palm Beach, Aruba.
Duke who also won the Welterweight category defeating Alfred Jordan, Dillon Harlequin and Sean Sooklall in that order revealed that he knew he had a good chance of doing well and this feeling was reinforced when he completed the weigh in.
Representing Total Fitness Gym, Duke who hails from Wismar in the Bauxite Mining Town of Linden, said that he had been preparing for the past two months and his training went very well.
Most of my training, four days each week was done at home in Linden and at the Gym of veteran Bodybuilder Lindie Sharpe in Amelia’s Ward, Linden.”
Duke, who won silver (Lightweight) at the 2004 CAC when Guyana hosted one of the best championships ever in the history of the competition, said that he is excited to be representing his country again and is aiming for gold this time around.
“My hopes are high in doing my country proud and I am sure all the other selected athletes are equally confident of performing well.”
The GABBFF on Thursday last, named an 8 member team including two females for the Aruba Championships set for Friday and Saturday. The selected athletes will have to work around the clock to raise their own funds to attend since the GABBFF is cash strapped.
Duke and fellow gym mate Marlon Bennett are expected to receive assistance from their Gym and Fitness Express, Specialists in Health and Fitness Products.
The leading Linden athlete shared that reaching such a peak takes lots of discipline and dedication given the challenges himself and fellow athletes face to maintain their bodies in tip top shape. “Being properly prepared takes a lot from you and given the fact that funds are not easy to come by it is difficult, But those of us who compete do it for the love of the sport and I will continue to compete.”
Sharing his views of the state of the sport in the Bauxite Mining town of Linden, Duke, who also won the Mr. Guyana crown in 2007, believes that Body Building is down to an all time low. He notes that the live wire of the sport Sammy Barker has not been well over the past months and not much is done.
“Sammy as he is familiarly known has been the backbone for the sport in Linden and he has been ill for some time now. I have learnt a lot from him since I used to work out at his Gym, the Upper Demerara Barbell Club and I have great respect for him as a teacher and icon of the sport.”
Asked if he would step up to fill the shoes of Barker, Duke said he has always been encouraging younger individuals to exercise and join the sport. “I always try to help where I can by passing on tips to other athletes including the tricks of the trade but persons have to love the sport and be committed because it takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to do well in Body Building.”
Duke is expressing gratitude once again to his Gym and gym mates for all the support given to him for the recent senior championships and is looking forward to doing well again at this week end’s CAC Championships in Aruba.
Laparkan 11-race meet on this Saturday
The Laparkan sponsored 11 race cycle programme will take place at the Inner Circuit of the National Park this Saturday beginning from 09:00hrs.
The usual races are carded for the day which includes events for BMX, juveniles, upright, veteran riders.
The feature event will be the school boys and novices 35 lap contest which is expected to attract the cream of the countries athletes. Representatives of sponsors Laparkan Holdings Limited will be present to distribute the prizes.
The winner of last year’s feature was Alonzo Greaves who covered the distance in One Hour 19 minutes 42 seconds.