... And the win­ners are!

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Keisha Hill Gleaner Writer keisha.hill@glean­erjm.com

AS THE in­au­gu­ral Guards­man Games held at the Hope Zoo ended, Team Dober­mans, demon­strat­ing pow­er­ful and en­er­getic skills, won the cham­pi­onship ti­tle from a very com­pet­i­tive field of con­tes­tants.

It was no easy feat for David Hen­riques and Kia Wil­liams, who fin­ished the four chal­lenges ahead of the other three teams in record time. Both con­fessed that they were ner­vous go­ing through the rounds but af­ter ex­e­cut­ing each chal­lenge to near per­fec­tion, they felt they would be named the over­all win­ners.

“I do a lot of car­dio and weight train­ing, but com­ing into this com­pe­ti­tion I had to step up my car­dio and do in­ter­val train­ing. I felt the first chal­lenge was our weak­est at­tempt, but we got lucky and pushed through with no penal­ties,” Hen­riques said.

“We were pretty con­fi­dent when Kia went up the 25-foot rope chal­lenge and, at this point, we had an over­whelm­ing feel­ing that we had it in the bag,” he added.

On the other hand, Wil­liams, who could barely con­tain her ex­cite­ment, was thrilled that go­ing in as what she con­sid­ered the un­der­dog, she was able to demon­strate that she could ac­com­plish what­ever she set her mind to do­ing.

“When I was ap­proached to be a part of the chal­lenge, I was en­thu­si­as­tic about it. Be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, I did yoga for fit­ness, but I de­cided to raise the chal­lenge and join a gym. I was the least ad­vanced mem­ber of the team, but we worked well to­gether and that made it bet­ter,” Wil­liams said.

For plac­ing first, Hen­riques and Wil­liams won $100,000 cash; two round-trip tick­ets to Florida, es­cort ser­vice to the air­port pro­vided by Guards­man Elite; au­to­mated ve­hi­cle lo­cater pro­vided by Guards­man Alarms; six months gym mem­ber­ship to Gymkhana and lots more.

CENTAURS TAKES SEC­OND

Mean­while, Chad Ham­mond could lit­er­ally beat him­self for the Centaurs sec­ond-place fin­ish. “It didn’t go as well as we wanted. In the first chal­lenge we got a penalty, but by event two, and then go­ing into the fi­nal chal­lenge, we be­gan to make up our ground,’ Ham­mond said.

For their sec­ond-place fin­ish, Ham­mond and Nu­gent won $50,000; an au­to­mated ve­hi­cle lo­cater pro­vided by Guards­man Alarms; three months gym mem­ber­ship to Gymkhana, among other prizes.

The Knights and the A Team took third and fourth place, re­spec­tively. They took home tro­phies and cer­tifi­cates pre­sented by mem­bers of the Guards­man team.

Sheila Ben­jamin-McNeill, group di­rec­tor for pub­lic re­la­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing, said it was an awe­some event that en­com­passed pos­i­tive val­ues and ex­cep­tional fun for the en­tire fam­ily.

“Words can­not de­scribe how I feel about what hap­pened here to­day. How­ever, go­ing for­ward, we want to make it into some­thing more mean­ing­ful with the con­tin­ued sup­port of our sponsors,” Ben­jamin-McNeill said. A Guards­man Games com­peti­tor emerges from the ice bath. Guards­man Games cham­pion David Hen­riques (right) is joined for a photo op by his proud par­ents, Stephen and Jen­nifer.

PHO­TOS BY DARIEN ROBERT­SON/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Centaurs caught in the ac­tion.

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