The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation crowned a few new champions during their 2016 Bahamas National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships at the Melia Hotel on Saturday night including a couple residents of Abaco.
Abaco resident Carina Ferguson, walked away as the women’s bikini champion while Arthur Eldon earned a second place finish in the men’s masters division.
Like she did at home in Grand Bahama, Carina Ferguson once again dominated the women’s bikini division. After beating out two masters competitors in Sharon Bethel and Stacy Sargent, Ferguson got through the posedown with Rosan Knowles, A class champion; Shikara Ferguson, B class champion; Allyssa Fox, C class champion; Akeela Nesbitt, D class champion and Maria Michopoulou, the F class champion.
“I knew I had a lot of work to do because we had different competitors coming in, but I put in the time and effort,” Ferguson stressed. “I put the blood, sweat and tears into it and it has paid off.”
Adding the national title to the Northern Bahamas crown she secured in Grand Bahama a few weeks ago, Ferguson said she’s proud of herself because she has accomplished her goals.
But she admitted that it’s not over yet. She wants to go to CAC and prove her worth.
“I want to let them know that I’m ready all the time,” she insisted.
There was a vintage showdown in the men’s masters division with baseball/football Hall of Famer Sidney ‘Butts’ Outten beating out another legend Arthur Eldon.
Outten, who turns 72 on December 30, kept the audience entertained as he strutted his muscles during his routine, just like he did since he first entered the stage in 1961.
“It’s really a lifestyle. You have to keep your body fit,” Outten advised. “I try as much as I can to stick with my diet.”
For 59 years, Eldon has been a household name on the bodybuilding scene. He and Kingsley
Poitier were the first to represent the Bahamas at Mr. Universe in New York many years ago.
At age 74, the Abaco native was making his first appearance in the Nationals in about eight years as he’s spent a lot of his time competing in Florida.
Eldon, quite pleased with his second place finish, also made history when he was the first Bahamian to grace the cover of a magazine before Joel Stubbs followed him as the second.
The duo also contested the open bodybuilding competition where Eldon was third in the light heavyweight behind champion Vincent Paul and runner-up Adiah Hope, while Outten was runner-up to Grand Bahamian champion Orrick Nesbitt in the men’s middle heavyweight.