Body wars Saturday

A slew of bodybuilding titles will be up for grabs at King’s Sports Centre this Saturday, June 3. Prejudging will begin at 10am and the evening finals will be at 6pm.

Body wars

Women and men, both local and from overseas, will put their bodies on the line this Saturday. File photo: Guy P. Harrison

The event will be a three-in-one affair as the WNBF Pro Natural Universe Bodybuilding Championships, WNBF Pro Natural Caribbean Figure Championships, and INBF Caribbean Grand Prix Bodybuilding & Figure Championships will be contested. As in previous years, the Caribbean Grand Prix is a pro qualifier meaning that the overall winners (Figure, Male and Female Bodybuilders) will qualify to compete as a pro with the WNBF.

This is the first time that the WNBF Pro Natural Universe Championships is being held here in Grand Cayman and only the second time that it is being held in the Caribbean, the first time being in Barbados in 2004.

These championships are international and this year’s field will include competitors from Scotland, England, Canada, USA and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

‘We were also expecting a team of competitors from Jamaica,’ explained organizer Tiger Wilson, ‘however, due to the tragic death of one their members it is now uncertain as to whether or not they will be attending. At this point in time we are still receiving enquiries and competitors are still signing up.’

The Cayman Islands will be well represented by some 20 athletes, including three male professional bodybuilders and one professional figure competitor.

Drug testing (polygraph and urinalysis) will be conducted from Thursday through Saturday, June 1 to 3 for all competitors. The National Drug Council will play a ‘very important role’ in the championships and will be assisting with the drug testing, according to Wilson.

‘Fans can expect to see a level of competition never before witnessed on the island,’ promised Wilson, himself a champion bodybuilder. ‘There will also be prizes and surprises for the fans so we are encouraging everyone to come out.’

Sponsors for the event are: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, Chris Johnson Associates, St. Matthew’s University, GNC, Cable & Wireless, National Drug Council, Andy’s Rent- A-Car, Webster’s Tours, Ranger Security and Powerhouse Gym.

Tickets cost $25 for prejudging, $35 for the finals or a combination package can be purchased for $50.

Tickets are available from GNC, Body Sculptor Gym, The Nutrition Store at King’s Sports Centre, from the athletes or by calling 916 5662.

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