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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.

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