By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
Following the completion of its Novice and National Open Championships, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation has selected a 16-member team to represent the country at the Central American and Caribbean Championships.
Federation president Joel Stubbs said the team, led by national coach Raymond Tucker and assisted by Leonardo ‘Nardo’ Dean, is all primed and ready to compete in the championships, scheduled for July 27-29 in Mexico.
Named to the team are the following:
Men’s bodybuilding - Paul Wilson, Charles Reckley, Giovanni Farrington and Reginald Bain.
Women’s bikini - Tashara Seymour, Shakira Ferguson and Japhier Gardiner.
Men’s physique - Terran Knowles, Raynor Ferguson, Alberto Armbrister, Gemo Smith, Jeremy Misciewicz and James Bain.
Women’s wellness - Athena Bain
Female Figure - Lyndsay Curry
Muscular Men’s Physique -
Stubbs, who will head the delegation, said although some of the competitors will be making their debut, he expects that the team will give a good representation of the Bahamas and bring back some hardware.
“I anticipate us to finish in the top three, even though we are carrying a much smaller team,” he said. “We still have the power and dynamics. We have some strong competitors in just about every category.
“We have three persons in the bikini team to represent the Bahamas, one in the women’s wellness, the men’s physique has a number of competitors who should do very well.”
However, Stubbs said they won’t have a full men’s team in the bodybuilding competition, but he’s looking forward to Mr Bahamas Charles Reckley getting a chance to compete for the overall title along with Paul ‘Mighty Mouse’ Wilson and Giovanni Farrington.
“We are hoping that these competitors can win their divisional titles and go on to compete in the pose down with a chance to compete for their IFBB Pro card,” Stubbs stressed.
The Bahamas will have the luxury of taking two judges, one of whom will be Charles Sealy, the chief judge, who will get to officiate during the championship. The other has yet to be named.
Two other judges, the federation’s first vice president Kenny Green, and Lillian Moncur, will travel to sit their Continental Judging exam to be able to judge at the CAC and regional level.
To help defray the expenses for the team’s travel to the championships, the federation is set to hold a Family Fun Run/Walk and Morning Boil on Saturday. The event will start in Rawson Square at 6am and finish at Better Bodies Gym in the Shirley Street Plaza.
The registration is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 15 years of age. The Morning Boil Chicken Souse is $10. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each age group category.