By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Journalist
Although they would have preferred to compete in the 49th Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships earlier this month, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation made up for their absence with an impressive performance at the Miami Grand Prix this weekend. -end.
Competing against 14 countries, including Poland, Iceland, Chile and Ecuador, the Bahamas team amassed two pro cards thanks to their pair of gold medals from Davin Johnson and Kaif Young, as well as a silver, three bronze, a fifth and a sixth place.
“Despite the recent lag and being unable to compete at the 49th ACC Championships in Barbados last month, I am pleased to report that Team Bahamas have fought their way through and successfully made it to the Grands Prix of Miami”, declared the president of the federation. Joel Stubbs.
“We were privileged and very excited to show our talent to the world and as I mentioned before, if we have the chance, we will bring the material back.
“Once again we have delivered and the record speaks for itself.”
The federation had to cut short its trip to Barbados for the ACC Championships at the 11th hour after failing to secure the necessary funding in time to fire the team. It left a bitter taste in the competitors’ mouths, but while some stayed in training for the trip to Miami, others closed it for the rest of the year.
A total of 11 competitors represented the Bahamas at the show where Johnson and Young both won their gold medals in the Men’s Physique categories, taking the E and F classes respectively, while placing first and second on
all in the downward pose. Judah Forbes and Gemo Smith both finished fourth in their respective divisions.
In the show’s bodybuilding segment, Giovanni Farrington earned a bronze medal and Bahamian great Orick Nesbitt finished fifth.
Fania Joseph picked up a silver medal in the women’s Bikini Short category, Cara Saunders won a bronze medal in the women’s Bikini Wellness category and Dorcus Cox finished fourth in the women’s figure.
Along with the gear they received, Chief Judge Charles Sealy and Public Relations Manager Leonardo ‘Nardo’ Dean both received their international referee red cards, allowing them to officiate in any what an international competition.
“I want to say that the effort, support and morale of the team as a whole has been outstanding. A lot of love, care and encouragement has been shown,” Stubbs said. “These athletes have persevered and worked extremely hard to make it onto the world stage and I commend them for the sacrifices made on behalf of the federation and the Bahamian people.
“As we close out the season and the athletes regroup, we encourage others to come and explore bodybuilding, wellness and fitness, as we expect next year to be even more electrifying with new talent on the scene.”
Stubbs publicly thanked the Government of the Bahamas and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture for the financial assistance and for making this trip possible.