Aug 05, 2017 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
With a number of big names being bandied around that are expected to hit the stage tomorrow night at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Mr. Guyana Senior’s Championships is shaping up as a thunderous event.
Reigning Mr. Guyana Kerwyn ‘Chisel’ Clarke, for the past four years will be the man to beat and all who are having such thoughts will have to bring their A+ game in order to get past the champ who revealed to Kaieteur Sport that he is in great shape despite a major setback.
”First I must give thanks to Almighty God for bringing me through the recovery process. I have been putting in the work and I am very pleased with the way my body has responded during the training, so I am ready to give it my best shot on Sunday night.”
”I would also like to extend thanks to my training team Ivlaw, Rhon Allicock, my brother Keron Watson Clarke and Mr. Hugh Ross who has been monitoring my progress, diligently.”
Clarke, a member of Space Gym, who won the elusive gold medal in the Light Middleweight division at the 44th Central American and Caribbean Body Building and Fitness Federation Championships last year in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is tipped to win a fifth consecutive title.
This newspaper was informed that two USA based bodybuilders are expected to be on stage tomorrow, adding some more spice to the competition for the locals.
One of the USA based athletes is Bruce Whatley who won the Masters Over-40 category at last year’s CAC and also took silver in the Middleweight division.
It will be a case of teacher versus student with Whatley on a collision course against Clarke. The former was the latter’s trainer prior to him winning the Mr. Guyana Novice title back in 2011 which has all the ingredients for an epic showdown between two knowledgeable athletes.
The likes of Godfrey Stoby, Sylvester Andrews, Rhon Lonke and Novice champion, Nolan Smith and veteran gladiator, Linden’s Lindie Sharpe will also be in the mix in the Lightweight, Welterweight, Bantamweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Masters Categories.
The Mr. Physique Class is expected to provide fierce competition among the likes of old rivals Emmerson Campbell and Yannick Grimes who will be the lead competitors.
The females will contest the Ms. Bikini Best Body and Ms. Body Fitness classes.
GABBFF President Coel Marls disclosed that all systems are in place for what is expected to be a memorable show.
He is expressing gratitude to all the athletes who will be on stage and have been training very hard over the past months.
Gratitude is also being extended to the corporate entities that have partnered with eth federation to make the event a success.
In the platinum category are Ghandi’s General Store, Fitness Express, Atlantic Mining, Ministry of Sports, World of Flowers and Chung’s Global Enterprises.
Gold sponsors are Windjammer International Hotel and Cuisine, Safe Sol, Star Party Rentals, Gizmos and Gadgets and Aruwai Resort.
Apart from the attractive incentives on offer, the top performers will no doubt be in contention to represent Guyana at the 45th CAC Bodybuilding championships set for Mexico City from September 29 – October 2, 2017.
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