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BBFF set to host annual Faye Rolle Classic

Winners of last year's BBFF Nationals. The Faye Rolle Classic, scheduled for next month on New Providence, will feature eight open categories. FILE

The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) is all set to host the annual Faye Rolle Classic next month on New Providence.

The competition will feature eight open categories and will be held on Saturday, November 4, at Loyola Hall. The categories that will be contested include bodybuilding, bikini, figure, men and women’s fitness, men and women’s physique and wellness.

According to BBFF executive member Nardo Dean, the Faye Rolle Classic will be great to accommodate local athletes who were prepared to compete at the 2017 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in Mexico. The 2017 CAC Championships were canceled due to the two massive earthquakes that hit Mexico last month.

“It was devastating that the CACs were canceled, as a lot of athletes were preparing for a long time to get ready for them,” said Dean. “This will provide our athletes the chance to still hit the stage and will be kind of a reward for their hard work, because a lot of athletes made a lot of sacrifices to be ready for CAC. We do not have an official number as yet, but there has been a lot of interest shown in the Faye Rolle Classic up to this point. We expect this to be a great competition, seeing that the categories are open.

“There’s a lot of pressure trying to figure out what height category is best and other things like this, so having the categories open helps the athletes takes some of the additional pressure off.”

Following the cancellation of the CACs, BBFF President Joel Stubbs made preparations for some of the members of Team Bahamas to compete at the Ben Weider Legacy Cup in Toronto, Canada, on October 21. The championships were originally for Canadian and American competitors, but Stubbs said the federation applied for consideration after Mexico and was granted permission to compete. At the event, the overall winners will receive the professional cards.

“Some of the athletes will get the chance to compete, but not everyone had the funds to travel to Canada to take part in the Ben Weider Cup,” said Dean. “I know a lot of athletes spent a lot of money preparing for CAC, so to come up with even more money in a short amount of time is really a lot to ask of our athletes. So the Faye Rolle Classic will serve as a good opportunity for them to come out and compete and win some money.”

There will be $5,000 in cash up for grabs at the Faye Rolle Classic, along with trophies and prizes.

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