Flex Night News Letter launched
Tri-Nation competition set for December
Managing Director of Flex Night Incorporated Donald Sinclair said the recently formed entity is not confined to just Bodybuilding events and Fitness shows but focusing on a wider area in the overall development of fitness awareness in Guyana.
Sinclair, a former President of the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF), told the gathering yesterday at the launching of the Flex Night News Letter at the Herdmanston Lodge that Flex Nigh Inc. is originating in and derived from the bodybuilding and fitness events of the 80s and 90s and is now embracing a larger theme of fitness, exercise, proper nutrition and healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle.
The former bodybuilder said that his group wants to bring back the quality of days gone by at a time when there is a lot less physical activity than in past years.
“In addition to a reduction in physical activity, smoking and unhealthy eating also leads to many diseases. This has resulted in Flex Night Inc. trying to set up community and national activities and public awareness programmes,” Sinclair explained.
He informed that in September a Seminar on Sports etiquette will be held to help the local competitors better understand their role as sports persons and how to deal with winning and losing.
He said that he is hoping to have a National Fitness week every year in December and establish a pilot, outdoor community exercise station also in December. Sinclair spoke of what he saw in Brazil where outdoor gyms are set up in many communities by the Government who recognized that the rate of obesity in that country was on the rise.
“The outdoor Gyms are open 24 hours a day and we (Flex Night Inc.) have a full proposal for the Sports Minister here to have a pilot programme in one community here. The project would cost $2.5 million and the equipment could eventually be constructed in Guyana,” Sinclair said.
“Knowing the Minister, who could not be here because he is down with the flu, I am sure when we meet next week he will be responsive to the idea. One of the concerns is that the equipment could be stolen and sold as scrap iron but once we identify a community we have to make the residents understand that it’s theirs and they must maintain and protect it,” he added.
Two publications have also been produced: Flex News – a premiere 12-page issue that is for free distribution to a wide target market (gyms, public and private sector entities, educational and medical institutions among others) and Flex Night – a 48-page issue souvenir magazine that will report on a range of health and fitness issues, events and personalities in Guyana, Suriname Brazil and the Diaspora. A small cost will be attached to the Flex Night Magazine.
“I read that our Football team would benefit from more frequent high-level opposition for them to improve and reach top International standard and I believe using Brazil, where football is like a religion and is so close, could be utilized more by the GFF,” Sinclair opined.
It was revealed that collaboration has been made with Suriname and Brazil to host a Tri-Nation Bodybuilding competition on December 8 at the National Cultural Centre and that a Guyanese contingent will be heading to Suriname shortly to distribute the Newsletter, promote the Tri-Nation competition and ‘check out’ their competitors.
Bodybuilders, the Media and members of the medical fraternity were among those present at yesterday’s launching. (Sean Devers)