Wednesday 4th May 2003


A pat on the back for Eleanor

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NEIL DIAZ shows off the strength in his shoulders while displaying an acrobatic split to captivate the audience and judges in his winning Individual routine performance. Diaz received 87 points

Eventual winner of the Caribbean Aerobics Championship Endurance Marathon ELEANOR PATRICK (front) and runner-up NICOLE CAIN go through their paces at the Jean Pierre Complex on Saturday.

Aerobic Team champions VARMA LAKHAN (front), NARISSA LEZAMA (back right), JILLIAN AIMABLE (back left) and JENELLE LEZAMA (top) display good balance during their team routine.

Photos: Anthony Harris


Judges’ decisions do not always meet the expectations of spectators.Saturday last, at the second annual Caribbean Aerobics Championship, was one of those instances.

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 year.

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 strong.

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 minutes mark.

He was followed by Richards (1hr:47.55 mins); Yarma Lakhan (1hr:49.56), last year’s 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 two hours.

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 Murray’s exit Patrick and Cain were still at it, step for step, move for move, until they were instructed to floor exercises.

This proved to be Cain’s 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 Grande’s teenagers Jillian Aimable, Narissa Lezama, Jenelle Lezama and Varma Lakhan, all sixth form students of North Eastern College and members of Bobby’s 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 year.

The 95 competitor-field included four Barbadians, three from Antigua/Barbuda, and two each from Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

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