After some 50 minutes in a field of 65 participants Falomi Marcano of First Citizens was declared the winner of CariFin Aerobics Burnout 2011. This took place at the Central Bank Plaza, Eric Williams Plaza, on Wednesday May 04, 2011 at 5.15 p.m. This was the last warm-up/pre-events which was preceded by three running events and are the opening events of the CariFin Games 2011. These served to help the participants gauge their performance by stoking that natural desire within us humans to compete.
The competition was full of energy and excitement that had scores of onlookers riveted to the moves of the competitors on the floor. The teams of were well represented on the floor with the competitors looking smart in their uniforms, with differing colours and logos, moving in and out to the pulsating beat of the music.
Instructor after instructor took turns leading the competitors through their paces. After a 10 minutes warm –up it was business as usual. There was a steady flow from the judges area to the floor by the runners who carrying warning signs of green, yellow and red. Needless to say they judiciously gave warnings to the participants.
After three warnings, green, yellow and red in that order, you are out! You take your exit by going to the stats desk to indicate the time you left the floor. The action on the floor was fast paced, with all eyes on the instructors as contestants tried to keep in sync with what was happening. . Try as some did, a lot didn’t get it, as is the nature of this aerobics. You need to have some training and experience under your belt to be familiar with the steps and movements.
After 30 minutes most of the men were eliminated and some of the females with little actual experience in the activity of aerobics. A few got so frustrated that they eliminated themselves by walking off.
Such is the drama of the aerobics competition. The music could be going this way and you’re fighting to keep with it, because you don’t have the timing right. To compound matters the genre of music keeps changing, together with instructors.
The combination of the top notch and experienced exponents of the sport of aerobics moving to every beat of the music and every movement of the instructor is awesome. You get a total synergy and beauty of movement. Add this to some who are looking for their timing along the way and you have a show on your hands, one that is hard to beat after a hard day at the office. The onlookers had a treat as some reported that they haven’t missed this event in as much as over 10 years as it is something they just have to see.
By now the numbers having dwindled to six or seven heightens the excitement and attention. Everyone on the floor is a favorite. The Central Bank staff members really got into it from the actual word go. Annmarie Thomas-Clarke pulled out two or maybe three brown coloured placards with white colour wording – “Go Central Bank Go!” On one of them and “We are on home ground” On the other and walking all over the place with them held high. Then another section of CBTT staffers started to chant, jump, shout and clap for their favorite- Ayanna George.They probably tasted blood as CBTT copped the first place last year. George represented a chance that a repeat could occur and they throw that CBTT fervor and passion into it.
It was now down to three, Riana Harrinauth of Republic Bank, Ayanna George of Central Bank and Falomi Marcano of First Citizens. The music was at a rapid fire pace and the instructors were going ballistic as their mission is to try and have the competitors make the minuscule of infractions or tire in the smallest degree. First to fade was Riana Harrinauth of Republic Bank, who got a third warning and had to walk. At the same time taking the third place with her… leaving Ayanna George of Central Bank and Falomi Marcano of First Citizens to fight it out for second and first place. The audibility and visibility of the CBTT fans were boisterous by now with shouts of go Central Bank Go! The brown placard was carried as high as it could go and video and phone camera were shooting nonstop as CBTT thought they had it for two years in a row. If that had happened, they would ah mash up the place.
The frenzy on the floor continued as George and Marcano tried to outdo each other. Then one of the runners was seen coming with a red paddle warning sign and shows it to George. You could have heard an agonized, audible gasp as something seemed to stick in the CBTT fan group’s throats. Then a wave of applause rises across the Plaza celebrating Falomi Marcano of First Citizens as the winner of CariFin Aerobics Burnout 2011.