By Franklin Wilson
That time of year when athletes who have been training in earnest for months to ensure that their bodies are in pristine shape (chiseled, tapered, balanced, good symmetry) which would give them the edge against their rivals, will get the chance to shine.
Come July 15 next at the Parc Rayne Event Centre, located at Rahamans Turn, Houston, East Bank Demerara, the 2018 edition of the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Senior Championships would be contested.
Male and female competitors will line up in the Lightweight, Bantamweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight, Masters, Mr. Physique, Ms Body Fitness and Ms Bikini categories seeking to outdo each other but they must be able to convince the Judges on the night who will have their fate in their hands.
As long as you put in the hard work, the results would come and that has been the focus of the athletes who will be contesting under the Space Gym banner, the home of the likes of four-time Mr. Guyana Kerwyn Clarke, reigning Mr. Guyana Physique Yannick Grimes, Eybo Orford, Tremel King, Julio Allan Sinclair and Ms Angelica Barroncas.
These athletes have taken time out to share with Kaieteur Sport some thoughts on how preparations have been going
ahead of the big night.
Eybo Orford has been in the sport for over eight years which makes him an experienced campaigner, he has been improving with every competition and is looking forward to making the mark this time around. Orford, who has also tested his abilities on the powerlifting platform, would be competing in the Under-154lbs (Lightweight) class. He was the Overall winner of the 2012 Intermediate Championship.
”Having been briefed on reasons why I did not win last year, I have done my home work and am working on those areas that would have worked against me not being victorious in my category. Fans coming out at Parc Rayne on July 15 would not be disappointed, only if they do not show up.”
Julio Allan Sinclair has promised that he would be in the best shape ever and is confident of winning the Heavyweight category. “I have been working with a very experienced coach for a few months now and I can tell you that what I have been doing is tremendous, the results of my hard work would be on display on competition night.”
Sinclair competed at senior nationals in 2016 and placed 2nd in the heavyweight class; he made his debut at the 2014 Novices championships where he won the heavyweight category apart from placing 3rd Overall.
Tremel King will compete in the heavyweight class and is aiming to better his 2nd place finish from last year when he was trumped by eventual Mr. Guyana Bruce Whatley. The confident King said he believes that this is his time to shine and is going all out to become the next Mr. Guyana.
”I think my chances are excellent, I am putting in the work and my knowledge of the sport has increased over the years which will serve me well in my aim to be number one.” King has also set his sights on the CAC Championships set for Mexico.
Ms Angelica Barroncas would be making her senior debut after competing at Novices earlier this year and placing 2nd in the Ms Bikini contest. Ms. Barroncas has been training hard and strategic to be in the best possible shape in order to better that second place finish.
”I am happy to be able to compete at this event which is the highest possible level in Guyana. Training is progressing fine and come competition night, we’ll see how it goes. I am encouraging all my fellow Space Gym members to come out and support us on July 15th.”
Kerwyn Clarke is focused on reclaiming the title of Mr. Guyana after having it taken away by current Mr. Guyana Bruce Whatley. Aiding in his quest to be the best once again after having won the title for four years is Fitness Express which is powering his dream under the Space Gym banner.
Yannick Grimes – The reigning Mr. Guyana Physique champion, who is a multi talented athlete, is intent of retaining the crown that he wrested from fierce rival Emmerson Campbell at the 2017 championships.
Grimes, a multi talented athlete, who was crowned the Overall Intermediate Classic winner at the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation 2017 championship, also represented Guyana in cricket at the Under-19 level in 2003 and 2004.
He also represented the University of Guyana at the Inter Collegiate Championships in Barbados in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Now focused on setting a lasting legacy in the sport of body building, Grimes reveled that apart from working towards retaining the Mr. Guyana Physique crown, he is intent on giving a good showing of what he has worked on and achieved over the year in his off season.
”I’ve worked on building my entire body but focused on my weak points which were my back and shoulders to bring a fuller and V tapered look.”
He said that he always welcome good competition and is looking forward to another exciting showdown with the other athletes who would be hitting the stage on July 15, next.
Space Gym Manager, Mr. Lucas Matos said that the entity was very proud of its members and their achievements and he is confident that they will continue to excel.
”I am at the gym on a daily basis and am well aware of the high level of commitment and discipline that they guys put into their training in order to achieve the best bodies. It is not easy at all, it’s a continuous investment and we at Space Gym will always support them in the best possible ways.
The Space Gym management would like to publicly extend best wishes to all our athletes and we look forward to them excelling once again at the senior body building championships.”
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