She became the seventh Bahamian to earn a pro card in bodybuilding and fitness this year

Grand Bahamian Tameka ‘Tammy’ Stubbs became the seventh Bahamian to earn a pro card in bodybuilding and fitness this year, winning the body fitness overall title at the IFBB Diamond Cup Montreal 2018 in Laval, Quebec, Canada, over the weekend. GLEN STUBBS

The year 2018 has proven to be a grand one for Bahamian athletes competing in bodybuilding and fitness.

Grand Bahamian Tameka ‘Tammy’ Stubbs became the seventh Bahamian to earn a pro card in the sport this year, winning the body fitness overall title at the IFBB (International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness) Diamond Cup Montreal 2018 at the Sheraton Laval hotel, in Laval, Quebec, Canada, over the weekend.

Stubbs was outstanding, carting off the body fitness B division title, the body fitness masters (over 35) and finally the body fitness overall. The attainment of the pro card for her climaxed a hard-fought journey that spanned more than 10 years.

An elated Stubbs said that she feels relieved, but will continue to work hard and push forward in what she hopes will be a fruitful professional career.

“After falling short last year, I was prepared to go back there and give it my all this time. I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I prepared properly, did what was needed to be done and made it work. The process was very tedious but I was totally committed, dedicated. I work from 8:30 to 5, and I am a mother and wife, so I had to mentally prepare myself to put in the extra work every day – going to the gym early in the morning and then again in the evenings after work. Thanks to my husband who kept pushing me to get the look that I wanted. It was really rough but I had a very good support system and I was able to put together a great package in Canada this past weekend.”

Her husband Glen Stubbs serves as her trainer and personal coach. Stubbs gives credit to him being there “every step of the way”. She took part in the same show a year ago, and settled for a fourth place finish. This year, she overcame four others in the masters category, won her height division and prevailed in the posedown for the overall title. Stubbs had been competing in bodybuilding and fitness for the past 13-14 years, and is now looking forward to venturing into the pro ranks.

“The Diamond Cup show was extremely tough. The ladies in body fitness were on point, but finishing fourth last year, we decided to turn up the intensity and come prepared, and it paid off as we were able to dominate,” said husband and trainer Glen Stubbs. “We will be jumping right into the pro division early next year, doing our first pro show early in the year. We feel we are on the pro level, and by doing a little more training and fine-tuning we should be able to place high or even win a pro show in the IFBB Elite Pro League.”

Pro card winner Stubbs said that she just kept pushing herself to the limit, and doing whatever it took in order to get to the next level. She said that there were so many times during her 13-14 year journey when she wanted to take a break and give her body a rest, but she persevered, and is now reaping the rewards.

As mentioned, she is now the seventh Bahamian to earn a pro card in bodybuilding and fitness this year, joining Charnice Bain, Endierich Rahming, Lorraine Lafleur, Jimmy Norius, Tanya Moxey-Cleare and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield. Attaining pro status for The Bahamas last year were Lakeisha Miller and Jameil Hamilton.

They all joined Bahamians Gena Mackey, James ‘Jay’ Darling, Dominique Wilkinson and Natasha Brown who achieved pro status previously. Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) President Joel Stubbs also attained pro status, and competed in a number of shows, but has retired.

As far as the competition over the weekend is concerned, finishing second in body fitness masters behind Stubbs was Marie-Pascale Bouchard, of Canada, and rounding out the top three was Marjorie Elliot, also of Canada.

Athletes from around the region competed in body fitness, women’s fitness, bikini fitness, bikini wellness, women’s physique, men’s physique, men’s muscular physique, men’s bodybuilding, classic bodybuilding and classic physique during the two-day pro qualifier.

The event was staged by the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (CBBF) in conjunction with Joe Spinello Productions.