By Franklin Wilson
Ahead of defending his title at the 6th annual Kares Caribbean Fitness Challenge set for Sunday February 9 next, Guyana’s Crossfit champion Dillon ‘The Beast’ Mahadeo has landed sponsorship towards his preparation from Premyum, the flagship brand of Associated Packers Industry (API).
At a simple ceremony yesterday at API’s Office located on Sheriff and John Streets, Campbellville, Deputy CEO Ms. Marissa Bujan in handing over the sponsorship which confirms Mahadeo as a Premyum Brand Ambassador, commented: “We are proud to be behind this local stalwart of the Crossfit Games. He has done excellent over the years and the Premyum line of products stands with Mahadeo as he seeks to defend his title at the Kares 2020 Caribbean Fitness Challenge.”
Mahadeo in response expressed gratitude to API and Ms. Bujan for their partnership which will go a long way in ensuring that he is well prepared to defend his title and land his sixth as he has never been defeated since the competition commenced.
“This sponsorship will go a long way in helping me to prepare for the competition, we have lots of expenses as athletes and we appreciate the private sector coming on board. This would go a long way and I appreciate Premyum coming on board.”
With a number of athletes from Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Barbados expected to be here along with some exciting local talent, mounting a stern challenge to Mahadeo, the champ said that he is expecting the challenges to be exciting.
“I really love competing in my backyard and having these guys come over and competing here would be something very near and dear to my heart. It would be a special competition, I have competed with these guys in the Caribbean before, some of them have really good fitness and they give a really good challenge and competition. I am really looking forward to defend my title here at home, in my backyard and hopefully at the end of the day I can hoist the Golden Arrowhead.”
The 6th annual Kares Caribbean Fitness Challenge which will be handing out the most lucrative prizes ever, both male and females receiving the same amounts from first to fifth places, the top prize being $500,000; Mahadeo noted that he would be using this competition as preparations for the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA from July 29 to August 2.
“One of the competitors coming is also a crossfit games qualifier so I am looking at this competition as a stepping stone and preparation towards the crossfit games in Madison, Wisconsin and as I’ve said before, I don’t take any competition lightly. I put my full efforts and 100% focus on competing and doing my best.”
Mahadeo posited that at the end of the day he strives to be a better athlete: “Not only worried about beating the competition in front of me but in the grand scheme of things, I want to be the best version of myself that I can be.”
On competition day, February 9th, action will get underway from 06:30hrs with event #1. With a time cap of 30-minutes, athletes would be involved in a one mile odd object carry (20lbs, 40lbs); 75 overhead squats (55lbs, 75lbs) and cap it off with a one mile run.
A few hours to recover and then it’ll be on to the afternoon session from 13:00hrs where fans would be able to join all the action for a fee of $1000. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place athletes would receive $400,000, $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.
There will also be a competition for the Fittest Teens in Guyana which will attract youths between the ages of 13-17 years old, girls and boys.
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