World class bodybuilding nade a welcome return on Saturday.
Tye Cayman Islands IFPA/ NANBF Pro/Am Universe Muscle Classic Bodybuilding and Figure Championships were held at the Lions Centre.
Promoted annually by Eye of the Tiger Productions, the aim is to build awareness of the sport within the community, to expose local athletes to international competition and to give them an opportunity to win pro cards.
The championships also attract many first time visitors to the island and therefore boosts sports tourism.
Event promoter, Tiger Wilson, himself a WNBF Pro Mr. Universe Champion, has held this event for six years.
Since he has been promoting these championships, the Cayman Islands and its athletes have received great exposure in various international bodybuilding and fitness magazines, as well as on various natural bodybuilding web-sites and some of them have also achieved their professional cards.
Some of the competitors at the championship included Darren Vernon from England who has won several world titles, Yenny Polanco from the Dominican Republic who has several titles including the 2009 IFPA Pro Bowl Figure championship and Christina Comparato of the USA who recently won the 2009 Pro Bowl Bodybuilding title.
All athletes were fully drug tested before and after the event to ensure that they were 100 per cent drug free.
Wilson said: It went really well and everybody enjoyed it, be it competitors, jugdges or spectators.
‘I really wish to thank our sponsors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Department of Tourism, The Ministry of Sports, Chris Johnson Associates, Island Paving, Webster’s Tours, Western Union, Hot 104.1FM, Radio Cayman and Vibe 98.9FM, as well as all others who have assisted in any way.’