lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight – at Nationals and CAC.
The former Ellerslie student captured the lightweight division at the 1985 CAC Championships in Barbados, the middleweight in 1988 in The Bahamas and the heavyweight class and overall crown in 1989 in Trinidad and Tobago. She was pregnant when she won the 1985 contest held at the George Street Auditorium.
At the 1988 National Championships before a sell-out crowd at the Garrison Secondary, Beckles was hard and cut like a diamond in one of the most defining performances in local women’s competition.
Mounter, who hails from St James, took over the following season, becoming the 1990 Barbados champion and overall CAC winner.
Barrow was without a major title till 1 991 but that changed when she turned to bodybuilding great Roy Callender, who supervised every step of her preparation that season. She packed on major mass and muscle en route to an emphatic victory at the nationals followed by another stirring performance at the CAC Championships in Aruba.
At the 1995 CAC Championships in Costa Rica, Barbados were a disappointing fourth in the team competition, but Garnes shone above the gloom by taking the middleweight division and the overall titles. Garnes, a product of Sweet Bottom, St George, was the only Barbadian to taste success in Costa Rica.
The following season, Angela Sealy, competing on behalf of the Cayman Islands, clinched the heavyweight crown and then went on to lift Miss CAC in Jamaica.
Annette Lashley, a sister of Beckles, never won her class at the Nationals or at CAC, but will be ranked among the best. That’s because she defeated all of the best bodybuilders in the country at the Jenn Invitational Classic in November 1997.
Lashley, noted for her bulging biceps and huge legs, came in the form of her life and defeated a field that included Garnes, Sealy, along with Barbados champions Maureen Howard and Judy Wickham. She has never competed since that event.