They flexed from afar for $15k

Muscles flexed and rippling abs
shone as bodybuilders and figure competitors from the USA, Jamaica, the United
Kingdom, Nigeria, Guyana and the Cayman Islands descended on the Lions Centre,
vying for prestigious titles at the IFPA/NANBF Universe Muscle Classic last
week. Over $15,000 in cash prizes was awarded.

In addition to the many overseas
athletes at the championships, there were also many visitors who came to the
Cayman Islands just to attend the event.

The prejudging for all classes took
place on Saturday morning and was really intense, with the judges finding
themselves challenged because of the high quality of the athletes on stage.
Every athlete pushed themselves to the ultimate level just to make the finals
that were held later in the evening.

Despite the inclement weather, the
Lions Centre came alive when all of the athletes appeared on stage to
participate in the national song, immediately following which Susan Wilson,
co-promoter, gave the opening remarks and declared the start of the
championships.

The first group on stage was the
Pro Bodybuilding Women’s Class. The ladies started to display their muscle by
going through their compulsory poses and individual routines. The crowd started
cheering and encouraging the athletes as they each fought for their placements.
First place went to Cathy Vail of the USA, who was really ripped, sharp and displayed
great symmetry. 

Second place went to Vicky McCann
from Scotland who was in good condition, with great legs and who possessed good
stage presence, while third place went to Liza Hoen-Reichenberger, better known
to her fans on the international scene as ‘Herculiza’. 

She was hoping to repeat her
performance of 2008 when she won the Ms Universe title but it just wasn’t meant
to happen this time around. She was very muscular, with good leg definition and
an electrifying route. All of the competitors were close in points and were
followed by Americans Katy Wayman-White in fourth place and Jan
Rowlett fifth.

Defending her 2009 title in the Pro
Figure class was Cayman’s finest, Sue Merren. She came into the championships
displaying well toned muscles and good stage presence; however she was narrowly
edged into second place by USA’s Lisa Barta who claimed the first place spot by
virtue of her great symmetry and beautiful shape.

Joanna Bolt-Frichtel of the USA was
pushed into third place despite her nicely toned physique and stage confidence.
Fourth and fifth places went to Americans Qawnana Crockett and Katrina
Roundtree.

In the Amateur Figure class, Dana
Maney (USA), with her exceptionally lean and balanced physique, dominated her
class and  placed first, pushing Krista
Riddley into second place, despite her good appearance and confidence.  Third went to Julia Hager. All three ladies
were from the USA.

Amateur bodybuilding was one of the
easiest classes for the judges as it only consisted of two competitors. In
first place, displaying good symmetry, arms and tight legs, was Julia Hager
from the USA. Claire Adams of the Cayman Islands, making her debut in
bodybuilding, was second. She displayed nice side chest poses and a good posing
routine.

The committee extended a special
thank you to their sponsors of this event, the majority of them having been
involved from the very first championships that were held here in 2003. The
main sponsors this year were: The Department of Tourism, PricewaterhouseCoopers,
the Ministry for Sports, Johnson Smith Associates, Webster’s Tours,
Andy’s-A-Car and Comfort Suites Hotel.

Promoter Tiger Wilson, Susan’s
husband, said; “Thank you all. Without your support this event would not have
been possible.”

Appreciation awards were presented
to all sponsors.

Susan Wilson said that she was
especially pleased with the calibre of competitors. “Since we began to promote
these championships, every year we have seen the level of competition rise and
the quality of competitors just keeps getting better with each passing year.
One of the things that we are extremely happy about is the fact that we are now
attracting more and more international athletes to come to Grand Cayman. The
athletes who travel always bring family and friends with them and they always
tell us that had not been for these championships, they would never have come
to the Cayman Islands.”

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Cayman’s Adams was placed second in the amateur bodybuilding.
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