Rigo Vellos of Corozal has won the Mr. Belize, and Gina Lovell has won Ms. Belize Body Figure, when the Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation (BBBFF) held its annual Belize Body building and Fitness Championships at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City last Friday night, October 5.
Rigo Vellos won first prize and the trophy in the light Heavyweight Division, while Ernest Broaster of the Body 2000 gym took second prize. Dion Banner of Downtown Gym claimed the third prize.
The contest was divided into weight divisions, and the evening climaxed with an overall contest for the most muscular physique among the winners of the various weight divisions.
Rigo Vellos claimed top honors again to win the 2012 National Mr. Belize 2012 title. Guy Neal of Neal & Gordon’s Gym won second prize, and novice champ, Leroy Card who also trains at Neal & Gordon’s, took third.
Two-time women’s Cross Country champion Gina Lovell, trained by Stanley Moody of Downtown Gym, won the Ms. Body Figure contest, with Giselle Diaz from Body 2000 Gym taking second prize and Arlene Welch from the United States claiming third prize.
Criteria for the body figure contest does not place emphasis solely on muscle,mass, but on overall symetry and body-fitness, so competitors tend to have more of a swimmer’s smooth-muscled physique.
Lurnette Sankey-Young has represented Belize in Central American body-building competitions before. She won the 2012 Ms. Belize Women’s Body-building Competition hands down. iI was a no contest. Veteran body builder Josephine Gault took second prize.
The women’s section of the contest also featured a bikini figure contest, in which Charlyn Flowers won first prize. Michelle Gillett and Lorraine Lino, both of the Downtown Gym, claimed second and third prizes. respectively.
The contest got underway with novice body builders strutting their stuff. Leroy Card won first prize in the novice class, with Edward Burns of Neal & Gordon’s Gym, taking second and Jose Alvarenga of Corozal claiming the third prize.
Veteran body builder Guy Neal showed he still has the muscle definition and tone to win the Masters Division, in which Dion “Tosh” Banner had to settle for second prize. Edward Williams claimed third.
Guy Neal also won the Middleweight Division, in which Edward Burns took second prize and Chris Carter, also of Neal & Gordon’s Gym, had to settle for third .
Two time Mr Belize winner Dion Danderson of the Downtown Gym won the Welterweight Division and the new kid on the block, Dion Ortiz, who trained at the Civic Center Gym, took second prize.
Danderson who was expected to participate in the final pose-down for the overall musculature and Mr. Belize title, apparently was not feeling well and elected not to compete.