stand-off: Neal Bonaparte, left, Jermin Jones, centre, and Ronald Brooks pose for effect in the Heavyweight class at the 2011 National Body Building and Fitness Championships, which took place on Sunday at the Cascadia Hotel, St Ann's. Bonaparte won the Heavyweight title, Brooks was second and Jones third. Bonaparte also won the men's overall title for a second consecutive year. —Photo: Ishmael Salandy

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Big Neal wins again

Maharaj, Ribeiro-Bailey clinch women's titles

By Ian Prescott ian.prescott@trinidadexpress.com

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:

Overall winners

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

Masters–Clinton Sammy

Lightweight–Kelton Thomas

Light Middleweight–Winston Christian Jr

Middleweight–Dexter Carter

Light Heavyweight–Todd Martin

Heavyweight–Neal Bonaparte

  

Body-fitness short class

1st–Fatima Al-Aidroos

2nd–Fiona Branker

3rd–Michelle Alleyne

4th–Karen George

 

Body-fitness tall class

1st–Tamara Ribeiro-Bailey

2nd–Trishanti Rocke

3rd–Monisa Aleong

4th–T'chelle Harris

 

Women's Body Building Open Class

1st–Kashma Maharaj

2nd–Lisa Fernandes

3rd–Leonette La Croix

 

Men's Masters (Over 40 years old)

1st–Clinton Sammy

2nd–Garfield Edwards

3rd–Joey Rooplal

4th–Lawrence Marlon Belfon

 

Men's Lightweight Body Building

1st–Kelton Thomas

2nd–Sanjay Lutchman

3rd–Joey Rooplal

Men's Light Middleweight

1st–Winston Christian Jnr

2nd–Damian George

3rd–Cletious Julien

Men's Middleweight

1st–Dexter Carter

2nd–Marlon Armstrong

3rd–Neil Diaz

 

Men Light Heavyweight

1st–Todd Martin

2nd–Zaahid Hosein

3rd–Lindon Burnett

4th–Garfield Edwards

5th–Lawrence Marlon Belfon

 

Men's Heavyweight

1st–Neal Bonaparte

2nd–Ronald Brooks

3rd–Jermin Jones

4th–Narish Mungroo

5th–Cleon Maurice Pierre

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