Story and photos by Sean Devers
Despite some glitches which contributed to a late start, a good turnout attended Sunday Night’s Guyana Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (GBBFF) Novice competition at the National Culture Centre.
The competition attracted the largest ever female participation and proved very competitive and entertaining.
When the dust had settled, Sarwan’s Gym 53’s Sudarshananda Persaud and a superbly toned crowd favourite, Brazilian Diciula DeSousa from the Space Gym emerged overall winners in the Male and Female categories respectively.
Apart from the pose offs there was plenty of entertainment with a Couple’s dance, an entertaining routine from Eydo Orford, while last year’s Novice winner Nolan Smith was the guest poser and informed that he would be participating in this year’s Seniors.
The raucous crowd was also involved with a ‘best legs’ for female fans and a push-up competition in 30 seconds for Male fans. Orford won $20,000 for doing 52 push-ups before his 30 seconds expired.
The popular Shawn Henry, whose voice is usually the loudest in the audience at Bodybuilding events, received a special trophy for being the ‘Best Heckler’ much to the amusement of the crowd, while the humorous Coel Marks performed the role of MC for the night’s event.
The competition, which was sponsored by Fitness Express, Trophy Stall, Gandhi’s General Store, Chakra Massage Studio and Coel’s Boutique, commenced with the National Anthem while the Miss Bikini contest was dominated by Brazilians lasses.
Vishaw Ramcharran from ‘Life Gym’ won the junior category with Leakram Seawarai of Muscle-mania having to settle for second place.
In the Miss Bikini Category, the Brazilian pair of DeSousa and Angelia Barrones from the Space Gym took the top two spots, while Jennifer Gordon of Fitness Paradise finished third.
Gordon’s Gym mate, Abigail Adams, was fourth, while Indera Moore from Sarwan’s Gym 53, Littia Daniels and Kristen Odle, both of Fitness Paradise, finished in that order.
Over 40 Bodybuilder Allan Savory from the Flex Gym, was the lone contestant in the Masters and also in the Heavyweights and won in both Categories.
Persaud was adjudged the best in the Bantamweight category with Piere Wagner (Flex), Vishnu Ramcharran (Life), Leakram Seawarai (Musclemania) and Annad Mangal (Gym 53) finished in that order.
In the Welterweight category, the Guyana Defence Force pair of Odwin Yansen, who won and Donston Richmond were the only contestants.
Fabion Roza was the lone Athlete in the light Middleweight category, while Tario Dakhil of Space Gym won Mr Physique category with Renaldo Caldeira (Space), Xavier Kiton (Gym 53), Onai Vasconcellous (Life), Nevon Pinketom, Vishnu Ramcharran (Life) and Donald Lindie (Gym 53) finishing in that order.
The winners of the different Male Categories competed against each other for the overall crown.
The next GBBFF Competition is scheduled for the Marriott Hotel where the Senior Bodybuilding Championship will be held on July 15.
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