Shakira ready for Toronto

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Fitness - By MIKE KING

SHAKIRA DOUGHLIN is seek­ing glory in Canada next week as she em­barks on her sixth con­test of the 2017 sea­son.

The undis­puted Bar­ba­dos bikini fit­ness queen told MID­WEEK SPORT she is look­ing for­ward to the Ben Wei­der Legacy Cup in Toronto, slated for Oc­to­ber 21.

She is part of a fourmem­ber team that also in­cludes La­marr Coward, Deono James and Jamil Jones, with Roger Boyce as head coach/man­ager.

“Com­ing from the Joe Wei­der Mr. Olympia with a top 3 plac­ing I am very en­thused at where I am go­ing. I hope to have an­other great ex­pe­ri­ence on the stage and I hope I con­tinue to have the sup­port of ev­ery­one,” she said.

The 27-year-old pri­mary school­teacher is on a high after she cap­tured a bronze medal last month at the Am­a­teur Olympia in Las Ve­gas.

Coward, last year’s Mr Teenager, has been en­tered for men’s clas­sic physique and ju­nior body­build­ing while James and Jones are seek­ing glory in the men’s physique com­pe­ti­tion.

Act­ing pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos Am­a­teur Body­build­ing & Fit­ness Fed­er­a­tion (BABBFF), Dr Al­fred Spar­man, says the four ath­letes have been given clear­ance to com­pete in Canada.

“These four are go­ing on their own but they have the bless­ing and sanc­tion of the fed­er­a­tion and we are send­ing a del­e­gate with them,” he said.

Doughlin said she also plans to be part of the Bar­ba­dos con­tin­gent that is ex­pected to com­pete at next year’s Arnold Clas­sic Brazil in April.

“I would be very happy to be back there again and see where I stand in com­par­i­son to this year in terms of im­prove­ments.i think the Arnold Clas­sic Brazil would be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for us as a team,” she added.

In her first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son, Doughlin cracked the top 15 at this year’s Arnold Clas­sic Brazil in April.

The fed­er­a­tion has stated it was very


keen to send a team to Brazil to make up for the can­cel­la­tion of this year’s Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean (CAC) Cham­pi­onships that were slated for Mex­ico but had to be aborted be­cause of an earth­quake that cliamed more than 200 lives.

Spar­man said that coaches Roger Boyce and Gareth Nor­ris will be en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pre­par­ing the team for the com­pe­ti­tion in Brazil.

“The hard work for CAC will not go down the drain. Roger Boyce and Gareth Nor­ris are com­mit­ted to get­ting the ath­letes trained and ready for the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Brazil,” he said.

SHAKIRA DOUGHLIN: “Com­ing from the Am­a­teur Olympia with a top 3 plac­ing, I am very en­thused at where I am go­ing.”

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MARK GRIFFITH took the first two sets in the men’s fi­nal but lost his venom and tum­bled to a stun­ning de­feat.

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