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The venerable bodybuilder Wilf Sylvester, known originally as Sylvester Wilfred, graced this world from 1942 to 2006. His journey commenced on the idyllic shores of Castries in St. Lucia, West Indies, before he embarked on a transformative odyssey to London at the tender age of 18, where he undertook the path of bodybuilding. In the annals of his competitive career, his inaugural contest materialized as the 1965 NABBA Mr. Universe, an event where he achieved a notable 5th place distinction in the short class. This event marked the genesis of his formidable presence on the bodybuilding stage, as he went on to partake in a total of 13 competitive endeavors. His final foray into the realm of competitive bodybuilding was witnessed at the IFBB World Amateur Championships, where he gallantly competed in the Lightweight category, etching a respectable 5th place in the annals of bodybuilding history.

Wilf Sylvester’s Bodybuilding Competition Record

1965 Mr Universe – NABBA, Short, 5th
1966 Mr Universe – NABBA, Short, 2nd
1967 Mr Britain – NABBA, Winner
1967 Mr Universe – NABBA, Most Muscular, 1st
1967 Mr Universe – NABBA, Short, 2nd
1968 Mr Universe – NABBA, Short, 1st
1975 Universe – IFBB, Short, 1st
1977 World Championships – WABBA, Short, 1st
1981 Pro World Cup – WABBA, 12th
1984 World Amateur Championships – IFBB, LightWeight, 1st
1985 Olympia – IFBB, 13th
1986 Night of Champions – IFBB, 13th
1988 World Amateur Championships – IFBB, LightWeight, 5th

“Wilf Sylvester of England started out the amateur activities by winning the Short Class, (below 5’5″) of the Mr. Universe contest. With perfect proportions he has muscle as compacted as diamonds. It was impossible to find a weak point on him. A veteran with a flawless posing routine, given the grace of a few more pounds, he might one day emerge an over-all winner.”

Armand Tanny reporting on the
1975 Mr Universe Championship
Muscle Builder, Vol 17, Num 3, April 1976

A post on Wilf’s Facebook page showed a cover of Mirror magazine with a boy whose IQ was reportedly Higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawkin. The post included the comment “Wilf’s clever grandson!” The boy’s name is Ramarni Wilfred. Wilf’s family’s last name is actually Wilfred so Britian’s smartest schoolboy could be his grandson. Although Wilf died in 2006 it appears someone created a Facebook page in his honor.

Wilf Sylvester’s grandson
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