Joel Stubbs, president of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF), has high hopes for the BBFF 12-member team that will represent The Bahamas at the 46th Annual Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, at the Fiesta Theater at the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR) from October 11-14.
“We will carry the elite team that we have, and we are expecting Team Bahamas to come back home with medals, that’s a given. We’ve always been a sport dynamic in body building and fitness in the Caribbean for many years, either winning the Caribbean championships or be placed in the top three finishes at the end of the games,” Stubbs said.
He continued; “This year with a smaller team, we will see how best we can manage ourselves to strategically be placed in a high standing at the end of the games. Hopefully, land us in the top three as a team, that will be great to bring back home to the Bahamian people in The Bahamas. We are going to do our best.”
Stubbs called the team a very smaller structured power-packed and dynamic team. He is set to travel along with the team.
Making up the team are Shakira Ferguson, Tanza Thompson, Fania Joseph and Dawn Charlton for women’s bikini; Charles Reckley in men’s bodybuilding and Kiat Young, David Dormavil, Wellington Wallace, Demetrius Clarke, Jason Johnson, Dominique Hanna and Bertram Miller in men’s physique.
Raymond Tucker will travel as the national coach for the fifth consecutive year. Nardo Dean is the team’s manager. Tim Rolle will travel for security purposes along with two local judges.
“We were pleased to select such a great team of top-notch looking athletes who are new and also veterans to the sport of bodybuilding and fitness. We are happy to have these individuals go down and experience the great talent from around the Caribbean and Central America. To be on the same stage gracing the same stage whereby they can compete and be competitive,” Stubbs said.
He continued; “We see the figures that were presented to us at the nationals. Knowing the talent that has been back and forth from the Caribbean, with the likes of seeing our talents and all these athletes that we have selected place in the top three in the various categories that they will partake in.”
Ferguson, Reckley and Wallace are three veteran competitors that will look to put on a show.
The team consists of four woman’s bikini competitors who were dynamic at this past nationals. According to Stubbs, they will fine tune their physique and will be even that much sharper and go into competition at their very best.
Over on the men’s physique side, there are six categories in that division. Stubbs said he has to see how the athletes stack up with their heights. They will slip into the various categories and see how best they will meet the demands of the various talents coming from Central America and the Caribbean.
He is hoping to see positive results there in the top three in those various categories as well.
“What we saw in the nationals we saw great bodies having such good detail, good aesthetics, good structure, good symmetry and good conditioning. So, if they were to continue on that same trend, over the course of these next few weeks, they get a little bit tighter, little bit harder, little bit more detailed, I think we will be in for a good showdown there in the Dominican Republic,” Stubbs said.
Reckley is the only Bahamian athlete to compete in the men’s bodybuilding and will be the only bodybuilder that will grace the stage in the Dominican Republic.
Stubbs said; “Sadly enough, the other bodybuilders from Grand Bahama weren’t able to attend the national’s due to the recent hurricane that passed through. It’s all understandable. Of course, these individuals would have taken a break thereafter to address their situations in Grand Bahama. So, unfortunately, they aren’t able to represent Team Bahamas and it’s all respected. Priorities are of course paramount at this time.”
To keep the sport active and vibrant, Stubbs said he will be looking to go into the high schools to get future athletes.
“In the meantime, we’re going to go after high schools to see how best the government can help us meet the demands to get a high school warrior championship in the mix. To get athletes at an early age and stage of their lives. Maybe the ideal ones that are ideal and then those who haven’t chosen a sport as such, that maybe bodybuilding and fitness can be…[the] sporting event that they can get to love, get to understand and also get to respect. And [they] can be a part of team Bahamas one day and compete at our nationals and so forth. That’s our game plan right now,” Stubbs added.
The BBFF president reiterated that the team is very power-packed, and at the same token he is hoping and praying that the team comes back home with medals on almost every athlete’s neck.
The team leaves on Friday, October 11.
The athlete registration and weigh-in process is set for Friday, October 11, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Pre-judging and finals are set for Saturday and Sunday.
The CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, which falls under the auspices of the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (CACBBFF), will be subject to the ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) anti-doping rules, having 10 tests in total. It is recommended that the participating national federations carry out checks prior to the championships to ensure that their athletes are free of doping and thus avoid unnecessary fines and penalties.
Apart from men’s bodybuilding, men’s physique and women’s bikini, athletes will also compete in men’s junior bodybuilding, junior men’s physique, masters men’s bodybuilding, masters men’s physique, men’s classic bodybuilding, men’s classic physique, men’s fitness, women’s fitness, junior women’s bikini, women’s physique, women’s body fitness (figure), women’s wellness and women’s fit model.
The Bahamas was also represented by a 12-member team at last year’s championships, winning three gold medals and nine medals in total.