15-year-old newcomer to the bodybuilding arena copped a number of prizes in the recently concluded Novice Championships, including the coveted Championship title.
Romeo Hunter is the 2022 Novice Champion, taking over the title from 2021 Champion Michael Sampson.
15-year-old Hunter also won the Junior Bodybuilding segment and under-154 pounds weight class.
He competed among the best Novice fitness enthusiasts from across Guyana on the Lichas Hall stage in Linden on Saturday May 7, 2022.
Keavon Bess, President of the Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, was impressed by the turn out at the event. He noted that the men’s physique category had the most competitors with 11 athletes.
“The young man that won the overall Mr. Novice 2022 is only 15-years of age. That in itself was very very impressive.”
“The young man that came in second overall, he is all the way from Essequibo coast. And we only found him about a month ago on a visit that the executive carried out to Essequibo coast.”
He added that seeing over 20 athletes compete in the competition even as the sport is still reviving after the pandemic was a plus for the Federation.
Hunter, from Unity Gym, recently broke several powerlifting records and has now set his sights on the bodybuilding stage.
Cassia Fitzpatrick, also of Unity Gym, won the Bikini Category.
Men’s physique champion was Alexander Moore of fellowship gym while the Junior Physique trophy went to Joshua Alexander of V. Fitness.
Under 177 pounds and Under 143 pounds categories were won by Bertlon Halley and Miguel Robeiro respectively.
This year’s championship was sponsored by Fitness Express and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The Federation is now preparing to host their Intermediates/Mr Berbice Classic in July.
At the end of July, a team of athletes will be heading off to the Central American and Caribbean games in Barbados.