The 2006 NGA Professional Universe and American International Bodybuilding Championships were held on Saturday November 4th in Parkland Florida. This top of the season venue is hosted by the National Chairman of the NGA, Andy Bostinto. Flying in from throughout the country were regional Chair people and promoters who all played a part in the officiating of this high-end competition.
The athletes represented a broad array of Natural athleticism and ranged from a very novice teen division to elaborately presented Professional Men and Women bodybuilders. Where there is brawn, there is beauty, and the Internationals were well attended by Figure Women all vying for their Pro credentials.
The Battle Begins:
Featuring high caliber Professionals is a rewarding task for the NGA. When 14 men met with amazingly talented peers on stage, it was a sight to behold. Literally, some of the very best natural bodies from around the country worked for session after session to earn the right to be Mr. NGA Pro Universe.
As class by class brought the champions for the day to the forefront, we observed a pattern of shape and density; conditioning and mass earn the first place positions. In the overall comparisons, the incredible size of Chris Filippelli, Wilton Manors, FL gave him the NGA American International title and an invitation to â€?"go proâ€�.
As the heavyweight, he edged out Light Heavyweight Kevin Wakefield, Sunrise Fl, middleweight Edison Clarke of Bridgeport, CT and Lightweight Jeisman Duenas of Miami, FL.
We were proud to present local favorite Philip Ricardo of Pembroke Pines, FL with the overall title. Joining him in the womenâ€™s division is Kimberly Agnew of Missoula MT. She presented hardness, symmetry and conditioning in an amazing field of well-developed feminine physique.
Throughout the day and evening athletes worked with officials to present their best with the mandatory poses. The routines highlighted the evening performances and the crowd appreciated the adoring efforts of mere 14 year old Adam Cruz.
In the Womenâ€™s division, hard striving Cathy Stickney, Exeter, NH took the Open class and earned her invitation to a pro card. It was a thrill to see the bodybuilding women enter in such fantastic shape, and to also see the NGAâ€™s growth with their Figure division.
Ladies competed in two series with shape and style being critiqued, as well as symmetry, presentation, tone and overall poise. The Lightweight title went to Jodi Marchuck of Deerfield Beach while a well-tuned Ft Lauderdale native Nicole Weeks took the middleweight class.
Congratulations to the various class winners. Their results are on line and further information is available at www.nationalgym.com We look forward to the continued success of our athletes and our promoters and chairpersons throughout the country who keep the sport of Natural Bodybuilding alive and growing. Sponsorships and vendor opportunities are available through the NGA by contacting Andy Bostinto at the above website.
Laura J Tourtellot, MS
L J Turtle Promotions
Chairperson- New England