While waiting for the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s 40th Independence Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, 18 competitors are expected to travel to compete in the prestigious Grand Bahama Bodybuilding Championships which will be held this week.
After Danny Summer, President of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, announced in February that Grand Bahama will be home to the National Bodybuilding Championships for the first time in 40 years, he now promises quite a show.
“This show is going to be very big”, says Summer, who will head the delegation going to the championships. “We are expecting a lot of the top bodybuilders to be competing in the championships before they compete in the National Championships”, he added.
Classic bodybuilders expected to appear at the Grand Bahama include Lorraine LaFleur, David Fenton, Charles Reckley, Anna Greene, Jonathan and Nicole Richardson, Jamal Hamilton, Juliette Rolle, Tio Pyfrom, David Charlton, Donita Fry, Jimmy Norius, Lucus Leader, and Dorrinton Rolle, who have already made their mark in a few competitions throughout the United States.
Norius, for instance, is the defending men’s national champion, and Grand Bahamian Tameka Stubbs is the defending champion in women. She also went on to win the lightweight gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships in Puerto Rico, where the Bahamas finished fourth. Norius picked up a bronze medal in the lightweight division.
Another awaited participant at the event is Johnnie Jackson, an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and powerlifter who is sometimes referred to as “the world’s strongest bodybuilder”. He will be a guest poser at the championships, which last year was combined with the national championships.
“This year, they are having their own Grand Bahama Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships and right after them, the federation will be putting on the National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships here on July 13 at the National Center for the Performing Arts”, said Summer.
“In total, we are expecting to see between 30-40 competitors competing in Grand Bahama this weekend. From all indications that we are receiving, it’s going to be very big. The organization committee over there, led by its president Rob Harris, is doing a tremendous job in getting the show off the ground.”, added the federation president.
According to him, the National Championships will crown the Mr and Ms Bahamas champions and will be used to choose the national team that is expected to represent the Bahamas at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which are scheduled September 19-23. “The team will be picked based on the overall performances of each athlete”, mentioned Summer.
The Grand Bahama Bodybuilding Championships this year will be held on Friday, July 5, at the Regency Theater, the performing arts hub of the northern Bahamas.