Deidre Lewis creates history in strong Jamaican showing at CAC championships

By October 18, 2019

Five days before the Jamaica National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships on September 7, Deidre Lewis was not even thinking about entering.

Coming off a show in Aruba in August where she was second in Bikini Fitness short class and third overall in the category, entering the national championships, did not feel like a step forward.

“I never felt the need to enter since preparations can be costly to an extent. Plus, I've won a title at JABBFA before so there was nothing left to do,” she said. “But I thought about the suggestion, after considering potential sponsorship of sorts to do a regional show.”

As fate would have it, she would win her category and was the overall winner at the championships held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston.  

Just over a month later, on Sunday, October 13, Lewis added a CAC title to her list of trophies this year, creating history in the process, and she is elated that her decision to continue competing this year has been justified.

“Yes! Very much so! All these great things happening in one year is more than an accomplishment. I am thrilled to know that the judges considered my physique to be a 'complete' one. I came second in the overall category, so I know I am on the right track. Pro card loading soon,” said an elated Lewis after she returned home from the Dominican Republic where Jamaica had its best showing ever at the championships winning three gold and a silver medal along with five trophies.

From the nine-member team that Jamaica sent to the CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in Santa Domingo from October 11-14, Kemoy Brown won the Men's Physique while Henry Graham won in his height class in Bodybuilding.

Winning for Lewis was an emotional experience. Shortly after being announced the winner, Lewis hugged her association’s president Audrey Allwood as tears streamed down her face.

“I was overcome with emotions because this is one of the hardest shows to win anything at,” Lewis said.

“Each country send their top athletes from all over the region. The woman, who placed second, was the one who beat me in Aruba in short class. So to beat her this time, made me feel very elated about all my hard work. Plus I am the first-ever Jamaican Bikini Fitness athlete to win at CAC!”

With her focus now fixed on winning her pro card, Lewis said she is planning a pathway to accomplishing her goal.

“I plan to do a Diamond Cup show next year. I hope to do at least two or three shows depending on my finances,” she said.

“We hardly get sponsored so that would be the only thing slowing me down.”


Leighton Levy

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