Overall champions crowned at BBFF Nationals
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Jul 16, 2013
The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) wrapped up its 40th National Championships this past weekend by crowning its overall champions in fitness, and male and female bodybuilding.
In the latter, there were just two competitors, and once again it was a showdown between defending champion Tammy Stubbs and the winner from the Northern Bahamas Championships Lorraine Lefleur. At the end of the night, it would be Lefleur who would come out on top and dubbed ‘Miss Independence Bahamas’.
The title of ‘Mr. Independence Bahamas’ went to Jimmy Norius for the second year in a row. Norius won the overall pose down against five other competitors on Saturday night. He also won in Grand Bahama earlier this year at the Northern Bahamas Championships. Taking the overall title in fitness was Dawnita Fry.
There were also a number of individual winners on Saturday night. Amy Sands took the Bikini Short Class, and she was followed by Lashandell Whylley and Bruna Santos. In the Bikini Tall Class, Naomi Fatal emerged victorious and she was followed by Prudence Gallagher. Body Fitness Class ‘A’ was won by Nicole Richardson, and Fry took Body Fitness Class ‘B’. She was followed in that division by Tangernika Williams. Dawn Charlton won the Women’s Fitness Open category.
In Men’s Fitness, Theodorah Pyfrom took the open category, and Kenny Mackey won Men’s Physique Short Class. He was followed in that division by Lynden Fowler and Tarran Knowles. Jonathan Richards took the Men’s Physique Tall Class and he was followed in that category by Ethan Quant.
As aforementioned, Lefleur held off Stubbs in female bodybuilding.
In men’s bodybuilding, Lynden Fowler won the Lightweight division and he was followed by Charles Reckley. Norius emerged as the winner in the Welterweight division, and he was followed by Dominique Bannister. Andrew Sweeting won the Middleweight division and also took home the Men’s Masters category. Comfort Miller was second behind Sweeting in the Middleweight division. In the Light Heavyweight division, Jameil Hamilton came out on top and he was followed by John Rolle.
Robert Harris took the Men’s Heavyweight division and Bernard Davis won the Super Heavyweight division. Sidney ‘Butts’ Outten followed Davis in the Super Heavyweight division and also followed Sweeting in the Men’s Masters division.
According to BBFF President Danny Sumner, the event was truly exciting and very competitive.
“We wanted it to be a family affair and it turned out exactly that way,” said Sumner. “The audience was a broad section of Bahamians. There were a lot of young people as well as a lot of the older generation. It was extremely competitive. I think that this show really showed how much the federation has grown over the years - particularly from 1973 to present day. There were a lot of changes over the years. In 1973, there was only male bodybuilding, but today, we have female bodybuilding, men and women’s fitness, men’s physique, body fitness, bikini and swimsuit. As you can see, a number of programs have been added.”
A total of 38 athletes took part in the championships which were held at the Theater for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street on Saturday night, and according to Sumner, a number of them are under the age of 35.
“The future of the sport is looking good,” said Sumner. “A lot of the athletes who competed are relatively young, between the ages of 20 and 30. Incidentally, about 15 of the athletes who competed were novices, competing for the first time. That speaks well for the federation. That says that we are getting a good share of new people involved in the sport. It is just up to us now to keep these athletes motivated for next year and years to come.”
Also at the nationals, nine contributors to the sport over the years were inducted into the local Bodybuilding Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 included Jeremy Knowles, Della Thomas, Maxine Darville, the late Melanie Feaste, Amos Saunders, Dwight Palacious, Baldwin Darling, Henry Charlton and Sam Williams. To be eligible for the Bodybuilding Hall of Fame, an athlete would have to be retired for at least five years, and Sumner said that they also looked at what that particular athlete, coach or administrator would have contributed to the sport over the years.
“We just want to thank all of the competitors, the fans for coming out and of course our sponsor Lowe’s Wholesale for making these nationals possible,” said Sumner. “We have bigger and better things planned for next year. We are looking at a full high school program for next year, and also, we are looking at introducing the armed forces championships. That is really a goal of ours for 2014.”
With the nationals now completed, Sumner said that they will name about an 8-11 member team for the 41st Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships which will be held September 19-22, in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.