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The 2012 Body Building and Body Fitness Championships was held at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts on Friday night.

The event is held every 2 years, and this year, the competition was as fierce as it was in 2010.

But the highlight of the show was when Rigo Vellos won the overall competition, in which the members of the lower weight classes challenged him for the title of the best athlete of the championships.

Today, 7News was able to contact Vellos via phone, and we asked him about the experience. Here's what he had to say:

Rigo Vellos - Winner, 2012 Body Building Championships (Via Telephone)
" I know that the guys prepared themselves just like I did. The last time there was a Mr. Belize, that was in 2010, and I prepared myself for 2 years. And I know that they did also, and I know that they worked hard; that's why they were on that stage. The competition - there was competition for me. There wasn't a single second that night that I felt too comfortable saying in my mind that I have won this competition. I went there - from day one, I had in mind that I had to be competitive until the last second. Until I heard that they called my name winning, that was when I got more relaxed and more comfortable. The guys did go to compete; they were ready for competition, and they did give me competition. Bodybuilding does require a lot of discipline, a lot of time spent at the gym. See as though I have won the Mr. Belize, I try my best to keep it in my head that I carry a name not just like the one I carry every day. I keep in mind that actually now, people look up to me."

There were several categories in the men's competition. In novice category of the competition, Leroy Card won first place with Eduar Burns coming in second and Jose Alvarenga. In the men's physique category Dean Hemmans won first place, while Robert Howes took second place and Calbert Castillo taking home third. In the welterweight category, Deon Danderson won 1stplace beating Deon Ortiz who took home second. In the middle weight, Guy Neal was the winner. In the Light heavyweight category, Rigo Vellos won first place beating Ernest Broaster, who came in second, and Deon Banner, who came in Third. Vellos won the overall round also.

In the females competition, Charlyn Flowers won first place in the Bikini Fitness Category. In the category of female body figure, Gina Lovell was the undisputed winner. And in the women's bodybuilding category, Lurnette Sankey-Young won first place, defeating Josie Gault, who came in second.

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Rigo Vellos wins BBBFF's Mr Belize 2012

Rigo Vellos of Corozal has won the Mr. Belize, and Gina Lovell has won Ms. Belize Body Figure, when the Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation (BBBFF) held its annual Belize Body building and Fitness Championships at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City last Friday night, October 5.

Rigo Vellos won first prize and the trophy in the light Heavyweight Division, while Ernest Broaster of the Body 2000 gym took second prize. Dion Banner of Downtown Gym claimed the third prize.

The contest was divided into weight divisions, and the evening climaxed with an overall contest for the most muscular physique among the winners of the various weight divisions.

Rigo Vellos claimed top honors again to win the 2012 National Mr. Belize 2012 title. Guy Neal of Neal & Gordon's Gym won second prize, and novice champ, Leroy Card who also trains at Neal & Gordon's, took third.

Two-time women's Cross Country champion Gina Lovell, trained by Stanley Moody of Downtown Gym, won the Ms. Body Figure contest, with Giselle Diaz from Body 2000 Gym taking second prize and Arlene Welch from the United States claiming third prize.

Criteria for the body figure contest does not place emphasis solely on muscle,mass, but on overall symetry and body-fitness, so competitors tend to have more of a swimmer's smooth-muscled physique.

Lurnette Sankey-Young has represented Belize in Central American body-building competitions before. She won the 2012 Ms. Belize Women's Body-building Competition hands down. iI was a no contest. Veteran body builder Josephine Gault took second prize.

The women's section of the contest also featured a bikini figure contest, in which Charlyn Flowers won first prize. Michelle Gillett and Lorraine Lino, both of the Downtown Gym, claimed second and third prizes. respectively.

The contest got underway with novice body builders strutting their stuff. Leroy Card won first prize in the novice class, with Edward Burns of Neal & Gordon's Gym, taking second and Jose Alvarenga of Corozal claiming the third prize.

Veteran body builder Guy Neal showed he still has the muscle definition and tone to win the Masters Division, in which Dion "Tosh" Banner had to settle for second prize. Edward Williams claimed third.

Guy Neal also won the Middleweight Division, in which Edward Burns took second prize and Chris Carter, also of Neal & Gordon's Gym, had to settle for third .

Two time Mr Belize winner Dion Danderson of the Downtown Gym won the Welterweight Division and the new kid on the block, Dion Ortiz, who trained at the Civic Center Gym, took second prize.

Danderson who was expected to participate in the final pose-down for the overall musculature and Mr. Belize title, apparently was not feeling well and elected not to compete.

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