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Aug 5, 2008

Belize Bodybuilding team scores silver in El Salvador

In other sports news, the Belize National Bodybuilding team travelled to El Salvador to compete in the Central American Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship over the weekend. And not to be outdone by the women’s under nineteen softball team that returned victorious to Belize yesterday, silver medals were won by two of the competitors: Edwin Ramirez and Deon Danderson. Other members of the team were Arlene Welch, Kyla Myvett, and Kimberly Weir. We caught up with Danderson at the gym, and though he is pleased with silver, the athlete says he was heading for the gold.

Jose Sanchez
“What goes into the preparation for this type of competition?”

Deon Danderson, Silver Medallist
“It takes a lot of hard work; diet and workout time, and basically dah just watch what you eat a few weeks before the competition and get yourself ready. I would say I won gold but came home with a silver medal. I still appreciate that. I showed my sportsmanship out there because after the competition one of the judges couldn’t face us any at all. They just went about their way. They were staying at the same hotel that we were and they hang their head down, they walk pass and they didn’t even say congrats or nothing like that. The whole thing was all messed up.”

Jose Sanchez
“What’s the reason, you think, for that?”

Deon Danderson
“Well, I would say a hometown advantage and bad judgment. We would ah seh biased judgment. But I still enjoyed myself and everything. The other competitors told us that we should have won, we should have brought home at least three gold.”

Danderson also made a pitch for assistance, turning to the business community for much needed support.

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