#THE Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation returns to competition with its marquee event – the 49th National Championships.
#Over 50 athletes are expected to take the stage in the Atlantis resort’s Imperial Ballroom at 7pm on July 16.
#“Everybody is in a good mindset, the athletes are ready to compete,” said Joel Stubbs, president of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation.
#“We are encouraging the general public to come out and give us your support, come see the various categories, come and see where you fit in each category and it may be your desire to one day be a participant.”
#The weighins will be hosted on July 15 at JLine Fitness on Shirley Street from 5-8pm, and is open to the general public.
#“Ticket sales for the event have been expeditious in their last days leading up to the show,” Stubbs said.
#“We will probably end up with a sold out room, which is good news to us as a federation.”
#The BBFF recently hosted a competitive Northern Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, which set the tone for what many expect to continue at the nationals.
#“It was a great showing. Those athletes were happy to get their feet wet after the long pandemic. They were able to train and perfect their craft,” Stubbs said.
#“They are looking forward to coming to Nassau to be apart of this year’s nationals and we anticipate this being a great field.”
#They are hoping to send a team to the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, set for July 27 to August 1, at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center in Bridgetown, Barbados.
#Several professionals will guest pose at the event, along with familiar names to the sport and newcomers. “A lot of popular names as well as new persons will be out hoping to represent The Bahamas at the CAC Championships. This is the return of the sport and it shows that we have new talent ready to be involved in the sport,” BBFF executive Nardo Dean said. “Considering when we got the go ahead, the turnout has been really good. It made them show how driven they were to compete and stay healthy. Our message goes beyond the stage. Anything that goes into the youth and development of all persons. The message is the development of health and fitness.”
#The event features 11 open categories, including bodybuilding, figure, men’s/women’s physique, wellness, men’s/women’s fitness, bikini and muscular physique among others.
#In addition to national team roster spots, competitors will also be vying for cash, trophies, prizes and the return of the sport’s cover spokesmodel category.
#The winner will be the official face of the BBFF’s Health and Fitness 2023 campaign.
#Veteran sportscaster Marcellus Hall will go from reporting on the event to the stage as a competitor.
#“These last four to five weeks in particular have been about buckling down and putting in extra workouts, really concentrating on nutrition, not taking in too many calories, more protein, that kind of stuff. It starts to take a toll on you these last weeks because your energy levels are low but this is the time you really have to focus because it’s coming down to the nitty gritty and every moment counts,” he said. “It’s a tough sport, have a new appreciation having gone through it, for the athletes and for the sport itself.”