By Franklin Wilson
Dellon Harlequin was declared Mr. Total Fitness Mania on Saturday evening last when Fitness Express/Total Fitness Mania 2 came off at the Diamond Community Centre.
Harlequin, who also won the Over-174lb Senior Heavyweight category, was an easy winner in the overall contest, flexing his well chiseled body and toned muscles to the delight of the packed audience during the compulsory posing routine and the overall posedown.
It was a four-way race for the overall crown and Harlequin easily took the title from Sherlock Rigby who won the Seniors Under-174lbs division; Tyrone Eseubio, winner of the Novice Lightweight 155-165lbs contest and Colin Sertimer who was triumphant in the Novice Bantamweight Under-143lbs division.
Taking the Ms. Best Legs competition, which was a three way showdown, was Michelle Bowen
who gained the nod of the three judges ahead of Franceen Tilkchand and Tracy Morian.
The most competitive category on the night was the 165-174lb class which saw five athletes vying, the most for any category.
The judges decision to award Rigby with first place did not go down well with the audience which felt that Joel Flatts who had showcased a better defined body should have gained the top spot instead of the runner-up position, Alfred London placed 3rd; Devon Wray 4th with Terrence Morris bringing up the rear. Wray won the trophy for the male with the Best Legs.
Flatts was however named the Most Improved athlete of Total Fitness, some consolation for hard and dedicated work.
Adrian Andries and Lindon McPherson had to settle for 2nd and 3rd respectively in the heavyweight contest to Harlequin.
Eseubio, who also won the accolade for the Best Posing Routine, outmuscled his three challengers for the Lightweight title. Akeem Inniss took the 2nd spot, Parvis Winter 3rd and Obens Quamina 4th.
Sertimer, who is Differently Able (Hearing Impaired), proved yet again that his disability was never going to be a bother in him outhustling his clubmates in the Bantamweight showdown.
Like Walter Grant-Stuart and Ian ‘Deaf Boy’ Jackson, both of cycling fame, Sertimer asserted himself form the time he was introduced to the audience and looked very confident during his free posing routine and the compulsory poses. He like many of the other athletes will be aiming to break into the ranks at the Novices level when the National competition is staged.
Joel Alexander (2nd) and Sanjay Seecharran (3rd) were the other athletes in the Bantamweight race.
Patrons were treated to a Karate display as well as a dance by popular Dance Group, Dance Fanatics while the Guest Poser was winner of Total Fitness Mania 1, Travis Peters. Harlequin apart from receiving the Trophy Stall of Bourda Market overall trophy was also presented with a Hamper, compliments of Fitness Express – Specialists in Health and Fitness Products. The respective category winners were also recipients of hampers from Fitness Express.
Manager/Trainer of Total Fitness Videsh Sookram expressed gratitude to the athletes for their hard work and willingness that made Fitness Express/Total Fitness Mania a resounding success.
Sookram also thanked the main sponsor, Fitness Express for the continued confidence and commitment shown to the Gym which helps to motivate the athletes. The other sponsors which also came in for praise were The Trophy Stall, Super Deal Variety Store, Smally’s Transportation Service, S&R Taxi Service, Mavis Richards, Adesa’s Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Unstoppable Trucking Service, Digital Technology, Bumper to Bumper, Cell FX, Nicky Sankar, Dependable Spares, Gas & Go Gas Station, Netram & Sons Hardware Store, Oscar Barber Shop, Jeannett Cheap Shop and Sheriff Food Court.
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