CAC bodybuilding team departs
The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) has sent a 11-member team to represent The Bahamas at the 45th Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, set for this weekend in Mexico City, Mexico. The event gets underway today and runs through Sunday.
Representing The Bahamas are Shakira Ferguson (bikini), Tashara Seymour (bikini), Lyndsy Curry (women’s physique), Rashied Edgecombe (men’s muscular physique), Tarran Knowles (men’s physique), Alberto Armbrister (men’s physique), Gemo Smith (men’s physique), James Bain (men’s physique), Jeremy Misiewicz (men’s physique), Wellington Wallace (men’s physique) and Paul Wilson (men’s lightweight – bodybuilding).
Raymond Tucker is the Head Coach of the CAC squad for the fourth straight year. The team manager is Nardo Green. Representing The Bahamas as a chief judge is Charles Sealy. Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears is also travelling as a judge and a national delegate. BBFF President Joel Stubbs and Vice President Kenny Greene are the other two national delegates as a part of the delegation. CAC Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (CACBBFF) Vice President Bahamian Danny Sumner will also be in Mexico.
Tucker said despite the team’s small size this year, he thinks the team will do well at the championships. The team has been in training for the past two and a half months, right after the BBFF National Championships in May.
“After the nationals the athletes took it up a notch. When you get to go to the CAC Championships, you have to take a more intense approach because you are going after the best athletes all over the Caribbean, so you have to be at your ultimate best because these guys and ladies prepare to do the absolute task of representing their country,” said Tucker.
He said since nationals, the athletes look 30 percent more improved. He said they look more leaner and chiseled.
In terms of which athletes to look out for, Tucker said: “One athlete that stands out and has been to CAC a few times is Wilson. He has won two gold medals for the country so I will look for him to do well. Look out for Ferguson as well. She has been to CAC a few times and placed very well. Also look for Tarran to do well as he has reached the top three several times. There are also athletes like Gemo and Alberto who have been to CAC before. With Shakira, I have seen a remarkable change. She has done well in her preparation leading up to the CAC Championships.”
Tucker has high hopes for youngsters such as Misiewicz and James.
“Jeremy and James will do very well. CAC is looking for the type of body that they have. What these guys bring to the table I know that they will be in the top three,” he said.
Tucker is grateful for the tremendous opportunity to coach the team, and having been to the CAC Championships as an athlete, he feels privileged to be going in the capacity of head coach and looks forward to wearing the Bahamian colors on the sidelines.
Wilson said it is a pleasure to represent The Bahamas once again. He said he is excited and ready to go.
“I have been training from February. I have done the nationals and a show in Montreal where I won and came second respectively. It is not my first CAC so I have some experience. I am going to improve my overall presentation because every time that I have gone to CAC I improved my body and conditioning, muscle size, but this time I am focussed on improving my entire presentation,” said Wilson.
Wilson said that he is looking forward to obtaining his International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) professional card. He will be competing in lightweight division in men’s bodybuilding.
Seymour is the national bikini champion but is one of the least experienced athletes on the team. She has only been involved in the sport for 11 months. This is her first time competing overseas and she is a bit nervous. Be that as it may, she said she is very excited to represent The Bahamas. She is confident that she will do well. “I’ve sacrificed a lot and worked very hard to prepare for this show so I’m very confident that I will do well,” she said.
Stubbs is very optimistic that the team will return with some hardware.
Team Bahamas left yesterday morning and arrived in Mexico yesterday evening. The weigh-ins are today.
The bikini wellness, bikini, fitness, body fitness, men’s physique and men’s muscular competitions will be held tomorrow. On Sunday, competitors in junior bodybuilding open, masters bodybuilding open, classic bodybuilding open, women’s physique and men’s bodybuilding will be in action.
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