Labrador West bodybuilders impressive at provincial competition
Bodybuilder with family ties to St. Lunaire-Griquet earns gold
A group of bodybuilders from Labrador West proved recently that lots of hard work, sweat and discipline eventually pays off in a good way.
The Natural Classic competition, held in Grand FallsWindsor, saw seven female participants and one male competitor from Labrador west take part.
The lone male, William Parsons has a pretty amazing story when it comes to the bodybuilding.
“I’ve been lifting weights for about 15 years,” he said. “Mostly powerlifting and I won the Labrador West strongman competition.”
Parsons, who is originally from the Northern Peninsula, usually weighed in at around 220. He says it was a friend who challenged him to get a six-pack that got him more interested in the body building aspect of things. He thanks Kyle Sturge, another who helped him get on track, especially with nutrition.
“I had to completely change my diet and my eating to be able to develop the way you have to for this kind of competition. I had the weight routine behind me, but I had to train in a different way.”
Parsons said he wouldn’t be able to train the three or four hours a day it takes without the support of his wife and children and he credits help from others in the area with experience that helped him with tips and advice.
“A couple of years ago some local male and female competitors did really well at a provincial competition and the bodybuilding took off from there,” he said.
The hours of training and the diet and nutrition certainly paid off, Parsons won overall, bringing home the gold medal. Winning also gives him the right to attend nationals for the rest of his life.
“I think 2017 will be my first national competition, I’ve got a year to get ready for it and I’m already planning my training routine,” he told the Aurora. There is also another provincial competition in November, but Parsons hasn’t decided yet if he will attend that one.
Meanwhile, the women of Labrador West had great success at the event. Bodybuilding is beginning to attract many more female competitors than before. Seven from Labrador west were at this year’s event.
Cordelia Richards, Julia Johnson and Kyra Louvelle competed in the bikini competition. Other competitors from the area who placed in their categories were Dana Martin-Kelly who took first place in figure grand masters, Taylor Ryan first in figure overall, Gerri Lynn Arnold second place bikini tall, and Lori Butt third place figure grand masters.
Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of this year’s event was with the Labrador West competitors. Dana Martin-Kelly and her daughter Cordelia Richards competed at the event. It is believed this is the first time a mother and daughter have been at the same competition.
“It’s a big commitment you have to train, prepare special meals, you just can’t sit around and order out a pizza whenever you like, you have to have support from your family as you are away training so much, and you have to forget about partying on the weekends the way you used to,” Martin-Kelly said.
Having her daughter train along with her made it that much more special. Her favorite moment at the competition was when her daughter ran to the stage to hug her after she won her competition.
Both Parsons and MartinKelly say the support from the community, especially the body building community is amazing.
Everybody competes against each other, but there is a sharing of information, training and a camaraderie that makes it all worthwhile. And with this competition over and done with Martin-Kelly is training for the Chicago Marathon. Her seventh such event that’s seen her run everywhere from Happy Valley Goose Bay to Switzerland and several others in between including Boston and New York.
With such good results from this recent event, local body builders expect there will be a lot more interest in the sport in the months to come.
William Parsons at NLBBA competition.
From left, Lab West bodybuilding competitors Cordelia Richards, Dana Martin-Kelly, Taylor Ryan, Gerri Lynn Arnold, Lori Butt, Julia Johnson and Kyra Louvelle.