The calendar has flipped to 2019 and one of Guyana’s premier musclemen, Kerwin Clarke, has plans as massive as his quads for the new year.
After a bounce back 2018, the five-time Mr. Guyana is looking to build on his success on the Regional stage.
The 31-year-old told this publication yesterday that he has aspirations to once again climb the top podium step at the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships along with “correcting” his third place finish last year at the Darcy Beckles Classic (DBC).
Clarke posed and flexed his way to a gold medal at CAC in 2016 but was unable to compete in 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances after the event was canceled in 2017.
In January 2017, he suffered a fractured leg following an armed robbery and then lost the Mr. Guyana title to Bruce Whatley six months later. He returned to the stage in peak condition and regained the coveted title last year and then competed at the DBC where he snared bronze.
Clarke, who stated that he is done competing on the local stage, is gunning for gold internationally in 2019 and beyond.
“I am thankful for 2018, it was a successful year for me. I was able to recapture the Mr. Guyana title and I thought it was a job well done at Darcy. As it relates to 2019, I intend to make the necessary adjustments and I intend to do exceptionally well especially at this year’s CAC in Puerto Rico. I intend also to revisit the DBC and correct what was done at last year’s event.”
Clarke added that he will be working diligently in and out of the gym to add more quality to his 173-pound mass of striated muscle.
Meanwhile, Clarke said despite retiring from the local scene, he will be available to give his advice and support for the local competitors.
“I am no longer interested in doing the Mr. Guyana. I honestly have nothing to prove and I think it is time I allow someone else to take the honours. And it is my view that there will have rivalries, so I will encourage fresh persons to compete.”
He also gave a word of advice for readers, “Make fitness a lifestyle, make it a daily routine, eat healthy, stay healthy.”
The father of one thanked major sponsors Fitness Express, Space Gym, Fitness 53, Akbar Auto Sales, Star Party Rentals, BK International and others for their support during his competitive years.
He also singled out his mentor, Hugh Ross, along with his brother and other family members for helping him to shoulder the load during his successful career.