Shakira ready for Toronto
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.