Memorable Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

gin.jpg - 207.62 KbScores of athletes make plans to compete in the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship each year but at the time of the competition there are usually only a couple dozen who feel confident enough to do so. This year was no different but what the competition lacks in quantity it makes up in quality.

The 2014 Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship was held at the Bliss Center on Friday, October 17, with athletes competing in nine categories. At the end of the night Rigo Vellos was named Mr. Belize for the third consecutive year but those who attended the event will remember two names, “the African” and “the Buffest Barber”. These two athletes, newcomer Oyinkro Akpobodor and Deon Banner, generated the most buzz from the lively crowd which fully exercised the right to free speech.

The competition started with the Men’s Physique category. This category is more about definition and muscle to fat ratio than it is about bulk. Five athletes participated in this category and after the judges’ scores were tallied Clinton Tucker was named Mr. Physique 2014. Dean Hemmans finished second and Carlton Richards finished third.  

The second competition was for Novice bodybuilders. This was the debut of “The African” Oyinkro Akpobodor who was the clear winner. Keion Griffith finished second and David Requena third. The win for Akpobodor meant he was free to perform in other categories.      

There were only two competitors in the Bikini Fitness competition due to some late pull outs. After the athletes completed their T-walks it was Annlyn Apolonio who defended her 2013 title to be named repeat Ms. Bikini Fitness. Christina Requena finished second.

There were six categories in the Bodybuilding Championships. This competition is about muscle definition and development. There are three rounds. In the first round the athletes stand before the juddges in what is called “a relax position” (though there was a lot of flexing). Dr. Leroy Almendarez, the chief judge, had to remind the athletes to relax throughout the competition. In the relax position the athletes are instructed to turn four times to their right by 90 degrees. After the relax round the athletes are instructed by the chief judge to flex a variety of muscles for the scoring judges. The third round is a free pose round in which the athletes come out individually to music of their choice and flex, pose, dance or do all three.

In the Welterweight category Deon Ortiz was most impressive. Edgar Rogers of Placencia finished second and Christopher Carter finished third. In the Middle Weight division it was the “Roaring Lion”  Clayton Grinage who repeated as champ. Veteran bodybuilder Guy Neal edged out his apprentice Eduar Burns for second place. In the Masters category Grinage took his second title of the night. Guy Neal finished second and the “Buffest Barber”, also known as Ras Tash, finished third. In the Female Body Figure category  Gina Lovell was a well deserving champ. Miss Bikini Fitness Annlyn Apolonio finished second and Josephine Gault finished third. Apolonio and Gault are crossover athletes coming from the beauty pageant field and inspiring other young ladies to adapt a healthy lifestyle. In the Light-Heavy Weight category repeat champ Rigo Vellos defended his title against new comer Oyinkro Akpobodor and Deon Banner. Neither could dethrone Vellos; however, as he went on to win this category and the overall title of Mr. Belize 2014.

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Belize Defence Force, Wagiya and Verdes open on right footing Print E-mail
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The long awaited Premier League of Belize Belikin Cup Opening Season Tournament for 2014-2015 started on Sunday 19 October 2014, with three games on the schedule.

In the game played out at the Toledo Union Field in Punta Gorda Town between the visiting Wagiya FC from Dangriga Town and Paradise/Freedom Fighters from Punta Gorda, it was the visiting Wagiya FC that picked up the win when it blanked the host team Paradise/Freedom Fighters by the score of 2-0.

The 1st goal of the game was scored by Abraham Chavez in the 31st minute of play while the 2nd and final goal was scored by Hector Gomez in the 40th minute of play.

At the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting Verdes FC from Benque edged out the host team San Ignacio United FC by the score of 4-2. The visiting Verdes FC was the first to get onto the scoreboard when Ricardo Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 19th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The San Ignacio United FC made it an interesting game when Joel Guzman scored the equalizing goal in the 29th minute of play.

It was not until the closing minutes of the first half of the game that Verdes FC regained the lead when Nagib Guerra  scored in the 45th minute of play to give Verdes a 2-1 lead into the break.

The Verdes defence picked up right where it left off in the second half of the game when Jarret Davis scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 87th minute of play for a 3-1 lead. The San Ignacio United FC was able to get a 2nd goal when Julian Maldonado scored in the 81st minute of play.

The Verdes FC 4th and final goal of the game was scored by Jarret Davis in the 87th minute of play to give his team the 4-1 victory.

And in the game played out at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town, the host team Belize Defence Force edged out FC Belize by the score of 2-1. The Belize Defence Force got onto the scoreboard first when Vallan Symms scored his team’s 1st goal of the game in the 30th minute of play via a penalty kick.

The lead was further extended when Shane Flores scored his team’s 2nd and final goal of the game in the 48th minute of play for a 2-0 lead. It was not until Oliver Hendricks’ penalty kick penetrated the BDF goal area in the 65th minute of play that FC Belize made it onto the scoreboard.

The competition will continue on Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan at 7:30 pm between the Police United and the defending National Football Champions of Belize, the Belmopan Bandits.


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