When Cayman’s team of natural bodybuilders took to the stage at the 2007 WNBF Natural Pro/Am World Bodybuilding & Figure Championships in New York City earlier this month, they knew that they had a long day ahead of them. This year witnessed the largest World Championships in the history of the WNBF with over 240 competitors hailing from all across the U.S.A. as well as from Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, China and the Caribbean.
The athletes arrived at the Martin Luther King High School auditorium, the venue for the championships, at 8am that morning and would be there until well past midnight.
First up were the professionals. Traditionally both the male and females athletes are divided into two weight classes however with the heavy turnout for the event, both groups were divided into three classes, Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight.
Cayman’s own Mr. Universe, Tiger Wilson, returned to the stage after a four year absence and his superbly conditioned physique ensured him a position amongst the finalists. Although he would end up placing 5th in the Lightweight Class he said that he was happy with the knowledge he gained from the competition and that it felt great to be competing again. As was expected, Tiger dazzled the large crowd with his dynamic posing routine. In the Middleweight Class Dail Davis was unfortunate not to make the finals despite his well balanced and muscular physique. In the Heavyweight Class a very ripped Hugh Cotterell faced what was probably his toughest competition ever and successfully made the finals, placing 4th in that division.
The Overall Winner, and new World Champion, is Jim Cordova of the U.S.A.
In the Amateur World Championships three athletes represented the Cayman Islands with all three making the finals in their respective divisions. Michael Salmon, who placed 5th in the Masters Class, stated that he considered that he was in the best shape ever and was pleased with his performance as competition at the Worlds is always tough. Rudy Flores placed 4th in the Light-heavyweight class, with a well conditioned and symmetrical Agueda Broderick placing 3rd in both bodybuilding and a new event, Fit Body. With regards to her performance, Agueda said, ‘It’s a great feeling. My love and dedication to the sport is well worth it. Just being there; in the changing room backstage, the atmosphere, everybody anxious and ready to win… words can’t explain it. Thanks to my family, friends and everyone that continue to support me. I’m blessed beyond measure.’