Lafleur Wins competition in Canada
Bahamian elite professional bodybuilders Lorraine Lafleur and Endierich Rahming were in action at the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness’ (IFBB) Elite Pro Montreal Show this past weekend in Montreal, Québec, Canada.
Lafleur placed first in the women’s physique category – the first win by a Bahamian woman in a professional bodybuilding and fitness show. Rahming placed second in the men’s physique category. Their competitors came from places like the Dominican Republic, Aruba, the United States of America (USA), host country Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.
An 11-year veteran in bodybuilding, Lafleur obtained her pro card in Colombia in February of this year along with Rahming, Jimmy Norius, Angelika Wallace-Whitfield and Tanya Moxey-Cleare. Initially, when she started her career, Lafleur got into the gym as a way to lose weight after she had her daughter but she said she fell in love with the sport. Her first pro show was at the Arnold Classic in Johannesburg, South Africa, in May, and she placed fourth out of eight competitors.
In the final in Montreal, Lafleur defeated Michelle Poitier of Aruba, scoring a total of nine points. The competition in Montreal was Lafleur’s second as a professional, and as a result of her first place finish, she qualified for the world championships in Benidorm, Spain in November of this year. That will be her third and final competition for the year. Lafleur was more confident this year in honing her craft.
“In terms of conditioning, this is probably the first time I really was happy with my look this year. I brought on size and a lot of detail,” she said.
As for what she has in store for after the world championships, Lafleur said: “As soon as the new calendar comes out for next year, the first shows will be the ones I jump on. I’ll start early next year with the competitions to keep myself in shape, not to get too relaxed.”
Lafleur wants the Bahamian athletes who are trying to get their pro cards to keep trying like she did.
Rahming finished second behind the Dominican Republic’s Marcos Antonio Feliz in Montreal with seven points. He scored six points in the first round and had seven in the second round. Feliz won, Rahming was second and American Manuel Deleo finished third. Rahming joined the bodybuilding scene in 2015. He won the local men’s physique category three consecutive years at the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s (BBFF) National Championships. He said he got into the sport because he was competitive in nature.
This was Rahming’s second pro show. He did his first pro show in February of this year in the Dominican Republic, at which time he placed fourth. Rahming said the competition in Canada was good but really stiff.
“The competition in Canada was really good. All the guys looked real good. It was eight guys and it could have gone either way. They had pre-judging that morning. The judges picked the top five that was going to be in the finals that evening. In making the top five I knew I just had to go out and give it my all,” he said.
Rahming was pleased with his performance and said he will be looking to do even better in the future.
Rahming will be returning to the stage in five weeks to compete in the Giovanni Arendsz Classic Pro Qualifier in Aruba. After this show he will head to the Diamond Cup in Rome, Italy in November before getting a chance to participate in the world championships. His advice to local bodybuilders is to work extremely hard, be consistent, disciplined and patient.
President of the BBFF Joel Stubbs was really proud of Lafleur and Rahming’s performances in the competition. He said the vision still remains the same, which is to bring awareness of health and fitness to the general public. He wants to get more young people in the country involved in the sport.
Stubbs said: “We want to see if we can introduce our sport to many of the younger people from a very young age – letting them know that this is another sport if they can’t find themselves in basketball, soccer or track and field. We want to let them know that our sport is another sport that they can consider because it really is about discipline and healthy living.”
Rahming and Lafleur have both qualified for the world championships in November. Both are set to compete.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism