The Bahamas Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation’s (BBFF) 12-member team wrapped up competition at the 45th Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships Sunday night in Mexico City, Mexico, with three gold medals and nine medals in total.
The Bahamas was represented by Lindsay Jardegen Curry (women’s body fitness), Shakira Ferguson (bikini), Tashara Seymour (bikini), 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 and juniors), Jeremy Misiewicz (men’s physique), Wellington Wallace (men’s physique), Paul Wilson (men’s lightweight – bodybuilding) and Raynor Ferguson (men’s physique).
Raymond Tucker was the head coach of the CAC squad for the fourth straight year. The team manager was Nardo Green. Representing The Bahamas as a judge was Charles Sealy. Wellington “Cat” Sears also travelled as a judge and a national delegate. BBFF President Joel Stubbs and Vice President Kenny Greene were the other two national delegates as a part of the delegation. CAC Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (CACBBFF) Vice President Bahamian Danny Sumner was also in Mexico.
Paul Wilson was the final competitor for Team Bahamas, and secured a gold medal in the men’s lightweight in bodybuilding last night, capping off a great showing for the country.
In the men’s physique Class D was Raynor Ferguson. He won a gold medal for The Bahamas in his division. Wallace picked up the other gold medal for The Bahamas, winning the men’s physique Class C division.
Edgecombe, an athlete with little international experience, stepped up and put on a show in men’s physique medium class. He captured a silver medal in that category.
A silver medal was also earned by junior athlete Bain in junior bodybuilding. His teammate Misiewicz won a bronze in that category. According to Tucker, the judges were impressed with both athletes. Bain also competed in the men’s bodybuilding Class E and won a bronze. Misiewicz placed fourth.
On the women’s side, Curry placed third in the women’s body fitness (figure). Ferguson also won a bronze medal, Seymour placed fourth in women’s bikini tall class.
Knowles competed in the men’s physique short class and placed fourth.
Coach Tucker said they came into the competition expecting some good results and he is overwhelmed by the results.
“We came in here expecting some good results and I am overwhelmed. I am happy for the small team that we carried. It was a dynamite performance by the team. I could not have asked them for [anything] else. They over-performed. The Bahamian people should honor this small team and give them their props,” said Tucker.
He also said the host nation fielded 41 athletes and countries like Barbados, El Salvador and Venezuela came to compete, bringing their strongest athletes.
As for next year, Tucker said that he wants the women to come into the competition harder. He said the women were told by certain judges to come into the competition soft, but women from the other countries came in hard, more muscular and did better. As for the men, he thinks they need to build a little bit more and continue dieting.
He praised the juniors for their performance in the competition.
The team arrives home today.
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