Labrador West body­builders im­pres­sive at pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion

Body­builder with fam­ily ties to St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet earns gold

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - BY MIKE POWER SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN LABRADOR WEST, NL

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.

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Wil­liam Par­sons at NLBBA com­pe­ti­tion.

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From left, Lab West body­build­ing com­peti­tors Cordelia Richards, Dana Martin-Kelly, Tay­lor Ryan, Gerri Lynn Arnold, Lori Butt, Ju­lia John­son and Kyra Lou­velle.

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