With Hurricane Dorian making a shift toward the northwest, it appears that the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s (BBFF) 46th Annual Novice and National Championships is on for this Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort. The show will be held in the grand ballroom of the resort, and Bahamians are asked to come out and support the athletes.
The various athletes will be battling in the Men’s Physique, Men’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Bikini, Women’s Bikini Wellness and the Sports Spokesmodel categories. The Sports Spokesmodel category is a new dimension of the nationals, making its debut at the Faye Rolle Classic last year.
BBFF President Joel Stubbs said it is exciting to see new faces competing.
“This year features many new faces in the sport of bodybuilding and fitness. It is really exciting to see many individuals who have been forever in the various gyms just training and getting their bodies in shape,” said Stubbs. “They now saw it fitting to take the initiative to come to the stage and display their genetics and talent. This time around thankfully, many of them have signed up, registered and are very excited to display their physiques. I am happy and very excited about this. Of course everyone will look good in their own mirror but the battle and competitiveness is when you come to the stage and now display all these bodies next to each other, and it’s time to dissect and view it from what it really is and put persons in their various placing in their settings.”
Stubbs added that the Men’s Physique category promises to be an intense one with nine guys competing – two who will be returning to the stage at the nationals and seven new ones.
As for Men’s Bodybuilding, Charles Reckley will be back to defend his national title. He will be competing against athletes such as Bernard Davis, Andrew Sweeting and Mario Sweeting. Stubbs said the various athletes have done their homework and we’ll see who will be crowned Mr. Bahamas on Saturday night.
The Woman’s Bikini category will see Tanza Thompson challenging former national champion Shakira Ferguson and two others who are entered in that category. Stubbs said that division should be extremely competitive and very exciting.
A few Bahamian professional bodybuilders are set to make an appearance at the nationals, putting on a show for the crowd. They include Lorraine LaFleur, Endierich Rahming, Terran Knowles and Jameil Hamilton.
Going into Saturday, Stubbs said they will be watching the trajectory of the storm closely.
“We are still in watch mode right now as the whole country is asked to be as it relates to the storm,” said Stubbs. “We are waiting to see what Dorian will do – whether it gains strength, dissipates or dies down. We are going to hold firm to still having the championships with little bit of wind and rain here and there. I’m sure that persons don’t mind coming out their homes to come and see the various talent that will be on display. A number of athletes have made sacrifices for a whole year or more to be on stage and we are asking Bahamians to come out and give them the support and props that they deserve. I am hoping that the general public will support the show once the storm doesn’t threaten us to restrict us in our homes. We are praying and hoping that the wind and rain is just minimal so we can get out of our homes and still come out and enjoy a night of excitement.”
Stubbs said he will make an announcement by this evening if the championships are postponed or not. If there is a new date, he said that he and his team will have to sit with the marketing team to see which upcoming weekend is favorable and feasible.
From these championships, athletes will be assessed, evaluated and a national team will be formed. Selected individuals will head to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness’ (IFBB) Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Championships from October 11-14. That event was slated for Puerto Rico, but due to challenges that country faced, it had to be moved. According to Stubbs, the various presidents of the regional federations, executives and some of the sponsors, supported the move of the CAC Championships to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
It was not an easy year for Stubbs and his team after the federation experienced some turmoil. A snap election was held and he and his team were voted back in. During that tension in the federation, Stubbs said he and his team encouraged athletes to keep training because the nationals and other shows were still on the agenda.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at Better Bodies Gym in the Shirley Street Shopping Plaza and the adjacent J-Line Fitness Bahamas. Tickets can also be purchased from the competitors and federation executives. Persons can contact the federation via e-mail at the address email@example.com for more information.
The cost for tickets is $25 for general admission and $45 for VIP. At the door, general admission is $30 and VIP will be $50 each.