Athletes of the Cayman Islands Natural Bodybuilding Association (CINBA) represented Cayman at the recent 2006 WNBF Pro/Am World Natural Bodybuilding Championships held in New York City. More than 200 athletes from countries all over the world, including Japan, Austria, Germany, Great Britain Switzerland and the United States, took to the stage for the big event.
At the prejudging of the championships on Saturday morning, the Cayman team faced some tough challenges from their peers and fought hard to reach the finals. In the end, 50% of the team succeeded in making it through.
The finals for the championships were held on Saturday night with a spectacular opening number that was reminiscent of the Roman era when athletes, dressed as Roman soldiers, took to the stage, prior to the singing of the U.S. national anthem.
In the amateur women’s lightweight division Cayman was represented by two new-comers to international competition, Diane Chung and Alisha Racz. At the end of the night Diane took home the 5th place trophy and Alisha placed 6th. In his very first competition, rookie Derrick Payne was able to hold on to the 5th place trophy in the men’s lightweight division while another of Cayman’s amateurs, Xavier D’Souza, displaying rock hard muscle and great symmetry, earned himself the 2nd place trophy in the men’s middle weight division. This class was one of the largest classes in the championships and Xavier expressed that he was happy with his performance at the event and said that he felt that the judging was fair.
When the Pros took to the stage, Hugh Cotterell, one of Cayman’s top professional natural bodybuilders, had his work cut out for him when he found himself up against some of the best heavy-weights in the WNBF. Hugh’s well conditioned, ripped and muscular physique earned him a bronze medal for his efforts.
At the end of the night the spotlight was on Great Britain when two Brits, Jonathan Harris and Cheryl Myers, respectively won the overall male and female titles of the World Championships.
‘Cayman’s athletes are continuing their trend of success in the sport of natural bodybuilding’, stated Tiger Wilson who traveled to NY as part of the CINBA delegation that accompanied the team. ‘I take my hat off to all 8 of our athletes for their dedication and hard work and also for being such good ambassadors for the Cayman Islands.’
In addition to praising the efforts and success of the Cayman team, Susan Wilson, President of CINBA, said that she would encourage everyone to buy the current issue of Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness when it hits newsstands this week. ‘Cayman is very well represented in this top class international magazine and anyone reading the magazine will be able to see what a great impression Cayman’s natural bodybuilders are making on the rest of the world.’
The World Championships signals the end of the competitive season for WNBF/INBF athletes however the circuit is already buzzing with talk of the kick off for the 2007 season, right here in Grand Cayman on April 28, 2007, when the island hosts the 2007 WNBF Mr. & Ms. Universe, together with the super pro-qualifier 2007 INBF Natural Caribbean Grand Prix Bodybuilding & Figure Championships. Currently sponsors are being sought for this huge event and anyone wishing to become involved may do so by contacting Tiger Wilson at 916 5191 or 916 5662.