Big is back.
A small man had his 15 minutes of fame at the Sportworld Classic in July. But, Sunday's National Senior Body Building & Fitness Championships saw the return to the fore of the big competitors at Cascadia Hotel in St Ann's.
For a second consecutive year, Neal Bonaparte won the overall men's title, while female bodybuilder Kashma Maharaj and body-fitness overall champion Tamara Ribeiro-Bailey took the women's titles.
Sunday's event saw the biggest turnout at senior "Nationals" in many years, despite organisers having to go for an early 2 p.m. start as a result of the State of Emergency and 11 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew restrictions in Trinidad and Tobago. The event did not begin on time though.
When the action did begin, Bonaparte, the biggest man on the night, won the heavyweight category, where he had real competition from Ronald Brooks, who came in second.
Bonaparte then beat five other class champions to capture the overall title. He came up against Sportworld Classic winner Kelton Thomas (Lightweight champion), Winston Christian Jnr (Light-middleweight champion), Dexter Carter (Middleweight champ), Masters champ Clinton Sammy and Light-heavyweight winner Todd Martin.
Maharaj dethroned 2010 champ Lisa Fernandes, but not easily, to win a competitive three-woman women's Open Class.
All three came prepared, but Maharaj was packed with muscle and looked every bit like a bodybuilder.
And continuing a long streak of victorious performances was Ribeiro-Bailey, who won the body-fitness tall class, beating runner-up Trishanti Rocke and Monisa Aleong.
Ribeiro-Bailey then won the body-fitness overall title from short class champion Fatima Al-Aidroos, who had earler topped Fiona Branker (second), Michelle Alleyne (third) and Karen George (fourth) in her class.
2011 National Senior Body Building & Fitness Results:
Women's Body Building overall–Kashma Maharaj
Men's Body Building overall–Neal Bonaparte
Body Fitness overall–Tamara Ribeiro-Bailey
Body Fitness champions
Body Fitness Short–Fatima Al-Aidroos
Body Fitness Tall–Tamara Ribeiro-Bailey
Men's Body Building champions
Light Middleweight–Winston Christian Jr
Light Heavyweight–Todd Martin
Body-fitness short class
Body-fitness tall class
Women's Body Building Open Class
3rd–Leonette La Croix
Men's Masters (Over 40 years old)
4th–Lawrence Marlon Belfon
Men's Lightweight Body Building
Men's Light Middleweight
1st–Winston Christian Jnr
Men Light Heavyweight
5th–Lawrence Marlon Belfon
5th–Cleon Maurice Pierre