decisions do not always meet the expectations of spectators.Saturday
last, at the second annual Caribbean Aerobics Championship, was one of
At the conclusion of the endurance marathon, two-time national Endurance
Aerobic Marathon winner, Eleanor Patrick was declared the winner, with
crowd favorite Nicole Cain, holding second spot for the second consecutive
The 36-year-old Patrick and Cain were considered top rivals to defending
champion, Gerard Forde, in the field of 95 fitness enthusiasts.
After two water breaks, the field had whittled down to 50 competitors
with Forde, Gerard Richards, Patrick, Cain and Angela Parris all going
However, by the third water interval and one hour and 30 minutes later,
only 29 competitors were left on the floor, as the strenuous routines
from instructors Neil Diaz, Dianne Malchan, began to take its toll.
Six minutes later, only 11 competitors remained.
Gerard Arneaud was first to go from the top 10 at the one hour, 45.05
He was followed by Richards (1hr:47.55 mins); Yarma Lakhan (1hr:49.56),
last years winner Forde, the last male entrant at one hour, 50.53
minutes and Nicole Robinson, one hour, 51.09 minutes.
Michelle John bowed out one minute and .08 seconds later, to leave Parris,
Patrick, Cain and Ceemoy Murray on the floor.
Parris received her third and final card while doing push-ups with the
time recorded at one hour, 53.45 minutes to leave Patrick and Cain,
and Ceemoy Murray as the remaining athletes.
The trio seemed inseparable until Murray had enough, 44 seconds under
This left Patrick, national champion in 1995 and 2001, and Cain to battle
under the watchful eyes of chief judge, David Benjamin.
Five minutes after Murrays exit Patrick and Cain were still at
it, step for step, move for move, until they were instructed to floor
This proved to be Cains downfall, and Patrick was adjudged winner
after two hours, six minutes, 16 seconds.
The decision was not accepted by everyone and was even met with one
foolish fan throwing a plastic bottle onto the judging area.
But this, in no way, affected the evening.
In the team competition, there was no surprise. Sangre Grandes
teenagers Jillian Aimable, Narissa Lezama, Jenelle Lezama and Varma
Lakhan, all sixth form students of North Eastern College and members
of Bobbys Gym, captured the $5,000 first prize.
Narisa Singh and Joycelyn Richards won the Pairs category while gym
instructor, Neil Diaz lifted the individual routine for the second straight
The 95 competitor-field included four Barbadians, three from Antigua/Barbuda,
and two each from Puerto Rico and Jamaica.