‘Cat’ Sears wishes new executive team well
At an extraordinary electoral meeting of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF), Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears lost in his bid to become the president of the local sporting body for the next four years. The election of officers was held at J-Line Fitness on Shirley Street this past Saturday. Sears lost to incumbent Joel Stubbs, 46-15. Although Stubbs defeated him overwhelmingly, Sears said he looks at it differently from everyone else.
“I look at it totally different than everybody looked at it. We have about 500 members in the federation, we had about 75 individuals who signed up financially to vote. Out of that 75, I was one of the persons on the ballot. If you look at it from that perspective, all of the individuals in there who feel like they’re qualified, someone could have nominated them. I was nominated for not one position but four. I declined one, but I was nominated for treasurer and assistant treasurer and vice president also. From that perspective it’s a win,” Sears said.
Sears lost all of the posts he was nominated for. He said he will be willing to work with the new executive team and congratulated them on the victory.
“Most definitely, the board that they have now is an excellent board. I just would pray and hope that they would continue to stay on and don’t quit. There were some issues earlier where they felt that they wanted to resign, but I hope that they will stay on this time and never resign. I congratulate the board and I look forward to working with them in the future,” he said.
It was believed by some that Sears was the one who contacted the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IBFF) headquarters in Madrid, Spain, in regard to confidential information within the BBFF. Stubbs was subsequently suspended, and the IBFF requested an extraordinary electoral meeting of the BBFF. Sears said that lull in the local federation caused bodybuilding to slow down in The Bahamas.
“In the bodybuilding world it slowed down the process a little bit in reference to sponsors and some of our major shows, including our nationals. I am quite sure that the executive board in place now will be able to come up with a plan to have our nationals and move forward with the rest of the competition. Even though we were having elections and were a little up and down, the athletes were still training,” Sears said. He wishes the new executive board all the best.
Sears runs the Iron Man Gym in the Base Road Business Center. He said that some bodybuilders are in the process of training right now and are waiting on the official date and time of the nationals as well as other competitions.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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