Walk Good Mass Lloyd
on the sporting edge
The death of Lloyd Young Snr, closes the chapter on one of the truly great Jamaicans of our times. And, while one might argue that living for almost 94 years is great inning, we may never see the likes of him again.
It might be a cliché to say God broke the mould when he made the likes of Young Snr, but it rings true nonetheless. While he was known as a body builder and trainer of bodybuilders and weightlifters for decades, Young's body of work far exceeded that.
Matter of fact, his legacy could arguably not include his body building ventures, and still be viewed as legendary.
My life has been enriched for knowing and the mentorship of Young Snr. And while he helped to sculpt my body into a competition winning physique, it was his life lessons and stories that will stay with me long after the muscles fade and the body starts to sag.
His gym on Union Street was more than just a place where men (and some fortunate women) would go to work out and tone their physique or get over injuries. Indeed, it was a place of solace at times, a place of great camaraderie, as well as a place of learning that rivals any tertiary institution.
Listening to Lloyd Young tell his stories was a life lesson in itself, and he loved telling stories. I can not count the number of times I heard the one about his journey to Kingston to win the Mr Jamaica title in 1949. Or the rich laughter when he told of begging a ride in the back of a truck transporting chickens and getting to Kingston covered on fowl droppings. And each time he told that story the enthusiasm never flagged.
It was always funny that every time the phone rang and if it was anyone calling from further than Montego Bay, he would hold up his hands and asked for quiet, explaining "its long distance".
Young Snr always gave of himself to anyone he thought was in need, and even to those who were not in need. It was no wonder then that he attracted a diverse following, and treated all with the same kindly manners, whether they be prince or pauper.
While his physical earthly body might have left us forever, Lloyd George Young Snr will be with us forever.
May his immortal soul rest in peace and light shine perpetually on him.
Walk good, Mass Lloyd.