Jan 08, 2016 Sports
-preceding year was consistent on the + side – President Bess
By Franklin Wilson
President of the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Kevon Bess is satisfied that 2015 while not being an outstanding year saw the federation recording consistent encouraging
performances locally and internationally.
Recounting the year, Bess informed that last year they were able to accomplish significant improvements in the number of athletes on stage while at the same time achieving better quality bodies gracing the stage as well.
“We are pleased that more persons are expressing interest in competing and the level of competition continues to ascend.”
The federation apart from granting permission to private promoters of shows runs off the Novice, Intermediate and Senior competitions.
Bess noted that the Novice competition was very successful to the extent that the fans went away pleased with the level of competition that was presented to them. The senior championships, the federation’s marquee event sponsored by Supligen was held at the Park View Hotel, Farm, East Bank Demerara where again, fans attended in their numbers.
Mr. Guyana Kerwyn Clarke was able to retain his crown and bragging rights for another year by out muscling his opposition in a straight six-man battle. Wowing the crowd as Guest Poser was Huskin ‘Biscuits’ Worrell of Barbados who is a 16-time CAC gold medalist in the Under-176lb category.
Junica Pluck was crowned Miss Bikini while Alisha Fortune took the Miss Body Fitness top spot.
The year ended off in grand style with the federation granting permission for the hosting of Flex Night International which was eventually won by Surinamese Wendel Sedro. Flex Night is hosted by Flex Night Inc. headed by former GABBFF President Donald Sinclair who mission and motto is ‘Raising The Bar’.
The show has been able to achieve this in every regard ever since the reemergence of the host gym, Fitness Paradise.
On the international scene, Bees recounted that his athletes made the nation proud at the 43rd Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships held in Nassau, Bahamas, in particular, Guyana Defense Force athlete, Devon Davis moved up to the Bantamweight class to secure a silver medal.
Mr. Guyana Kerwyn Clarke was fourth in the Light Middleweight class while Emmerson Campbell was placed in a similar position in the Men’s Physique competition. Sylvester Andrews achieved fifth in the Welterweight division. The lone female athlete, Alisha Fortune did not place in the finals of the Miss Body Fitness competition.
The multi-talented Fortune has been outstanding on the local scene for many years now.
At the Darcy Beckles competition in Barbados, Yannick Stephon Grimes placed a creditable fourth out of a total of 17 athletes which turned out to be the highest placing by a Guyanese at this show to date.
“Although we did not manage to secure as much medals in 2015 compared to recent years we are still proud of our four consecutive years of medal placing and the outstanding performances of our athlete both locally and regionally. The highlight of the year will have to be recorded as the CAC silver medal.”
Looking ahead to 2016, Bess acknowledged that this will be a year when Guyana will celebrate her 50th Independence Anniversary as a Cooperative Republic and in keeping with the Government’s calendar of events to make the year a memorable one, the GABBFF will be striving to have at least 50 athletes on stage at all of its shows.
He pointed out that there will be a total of five 5 local mega competitions including the Hugh Ross Classic and Muscle Explosion.
While financing remains an issue, Bess says he is hopeful that they will be able to garner much needed support from the Government and corporate Guyana.
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