First I want to start by saying how tough the competition was at this show was. It was amazing ! Novice classes looked like open classes, and open classes looked like Pro classes. There were a ton of top notch competitors and high caliber teams at this show. In my opinion, this show needs to be bumped up to a Super Pro Qualifier. Every class was a war !
This show was the first major one of the season for the Team. We had a mix of SUF veterans in Kevin, Taniya, and Vinny ; along with 2 newcomers in Charlie and Laurena.
1. Charlie Randanzo – 2nd Place Novice Lightweight
2. Vincent Cofield – 3rd Place Novice Heavyweight / 5th Place Grandmasters
3. Taniya Brandon – 1st Place Fit Body Short ** WNBF Pro Card Winner / 2nd Place Open Figure Short
4. Kevin Terrier – 1st Place Open Light Heavyweight
5. Laurena Deak – TBA
There is no time for relaxing even though the show is over. All these athletes are competing at the 2014 INBF Hercules on June 21st.
We will make some adjustments and try to further push the issue with these athletes.
Charlie loved the taste of his first show and now he will be gunning for that 1st place spot. Seeing him on stage it was hard to believe he was a first time competitor. His posing was great and he didnt tire on stage. We have a few minor adjustments to make in preparation for the next show. He plans on competing in novice one more time at the Herc, and win lose or draw he will then move on to the open class at the Naturalmaina in September.
Vinny needs to nail his conditioning in order to elevate his placings. He has great potential, he just needs to learn how to hardness it. His posing is great, and he too doesnt tire on stage. Hes a fun loving guy and definitely adds some excitement to show day. His fellow teammates know what i mean haha.
Taniya missed her pro card in fit body at last years Naturalamnia due to no one showing up in her class. Then she took 2nd place in Open Figure short and just missed the card there as well. Therefore it was great to see Taniya shine on stage. She beat out a very tough Fit Body class for a well deserved win and pro card victory. She will be competing at the Hercules and will make a run for the Figure pro card. She will attempt to be the first Team SUF athlete to hold pro cards in two categories.
Kevin is a BEAST ! He has evolved so much in this sport in a relatively short amount of time. He made great improvements from last year and it showed. We also made some changes to his posing and stage presence that paid off greatly. He won his class, but did not place Top 2 in the overall for the Pro card. So you know he is hungry and dying to get back on stage to make another run for it at the Hercules. Big Kev says LIGHTS OUT !
Laurena was one of the most graceful posers on stage. Her dance background showed as he hit and transitioned into her poses as well as her T-Walk. We will be looking to bring up her conditioning in time for the Hercules so we can get her a nice placing and bring home some hardware.