Lottimore and D’Amico claim pro cards
The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro League Caribbean Grand Prix Bermuda turned out to be a “blessing” and a “shock” for Sueallen Lottimore and Lauren D’Amico.
The local competitors ticked all of the boxes competing on stage in front of the judges at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts at CedarBridge Academy on Saturday night to clinch three of only eight IFBB pro cards up for grabs.
Lottimore, the multiple Bermuda women’s champion, sparked wild jubilations among the crowd when she earned a pair of pro cards after winning the overall women’s physique open and women’s bodybuilding divisions.
D’Amico also earned her pro card after winning the overall bikini open division.
“I feel very blessed for the opportunity and grateful for the IFBB Caribbean Grand Prix to come to Bermuda and this happening in my home town,” said Lottimore, the only competitor earning multiple pro cards at the event.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to still be able to compete at 51 years old and it makes it absolutely more special because my family and my friends got to see me do my thing.
“It felt like everybody was screaming my name. The adrenalin was pumping, I was happy, I felt good and it was amazing.”
Lottimore, who trains at Elite Fitness Gym, produced a sweep of wins in every division she entered, having also claimed the women’s overall bodybuilding masters title as the sole competitor in the division where no pro card was on offer.
“I felt I had a good shot at this because I worked for it,” she added. “I knew it was big, so I put everything into it.”
An equally elated D’Amico said her crowning moment came as a surprise.
“I’m so excited and shocked,” she said. “I had the hopes but when they called my name I was really excited. I felt more prepared than I ever have for this event, but you’re still very surprised when you are awarded the IFBB pro title.
“I’ve always stepped on stage hoping one day to get to the pro level. Never did I think I would get there, so I’m still in shock.”
D’Amico, who trains at Beast Gym, was competing in her second pro card qualifier within a month.
“I couldn’t be more happy to have done it here at home in Bermuda,” she said. “A lot went into this, and for this prep it’s been about six months of hard work, which paid off in the end.
“This is now just the beginning of my competing career. I get to now seek out the pro stage and take my competing to the next level.”
The remaining pro cards were all shared among overseas competitors.
Florida residents Dan Rollo and Samantha Mills won the overall open bodybuilding and figure open divisions.
Chase Bergner and Teri Ashbaugh, of Texas, won overall honours in the classic and fitness divisions while Shun Kaneko, of Japan, won the overall men’s physique open division.
Local competitors Winston Weekes (masters bodybuilding), Sunder Singh (men’s masters physique), Laura Law (masters bikini) and Dave Wolffe (masters classic) also won overall honours, but did not earn a pro card as they competed as masters.
Florida resident Mills also won the masters figure division to go along with her figure open title.
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