Sports Buzz (September/October 2004)

The Caribbean’s most muscular head to Guyana

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Calling all strongmen

Passengers on BWIA flights to Guyana in late September may notice an unusually large number of musclemen — and musclewomen — sprinkled throughout the cabin. With the 32nd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships taking place in Georgetown in late September and early October, many of the region’s boldest and buffest will be heading south, eager to flaunt and flex. This year, BWIA is the official airline of the event.

Guyana has one of the largest bodybuilding audiences in the Caribbean, but this will be the first time the CAC Championships are held there, so organisers expect an enthusiastic response from locals. Male and female bodybuilders from 38 countries will enjoy a programme of tours and river cruises, with ample opportunity to explore Guyana’s astonishing natural wonders, before the Championships kick off at the National Cultural Centre. The Grand CAC Fitness Expo will simultaneously show off a host of health products, nutritional supplements, and sports gear to athletes and fans.

Once the competition gets started, the crowd will no doubt be rooting for hometown boys Selvon Gardiner, defending the bantamweight championship he won in the Bahamas last year; Mike Morris, who placed fourth behind Gardiner; and Paul Nichols, who won a bronze medal in the lightweight competition. But whoever wins, Guyanese bodybuilding fans will have good reason to remember the 2004 Championships — the manufacturers of Banks beer are sponsoring the construction of a special monument to commemorate the event.

The 32nd Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships will take place in Georgetown from 29 September to 3 October. For further information, visit www.gabbf.org.gy