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Spring Edition

Central Florida District Championships

The 2002 NPC Central Florida District Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships were held on August 31 at the Dr. Phillips Auditorium in Orlando under the promotion of Central Florida vice-chairman Deke Warner.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jimmy Williams of Sanford was the unanimous choice of the judges for the heavyweight class win and after the final comparisons and posedown took a one-point (7 - 8) decision over Son Tran of Sarasota, the lightweight class winner, for the overall title.

Julie Buchanan, 35, of St. Augustine took the lightweight class win with a unanimous decision of the judges and moved into the finals to take the majority of the votes for the overall win.

NPC Daytona Beach Muscle Classic

he 2002 NPC Daytona Beach Muscle Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships were held on September 7 at the Seaside Auditorium in Daytona Beach under the promotion of Brian Amendola.

Thirty-five-year-old Jamie Ibone continued his win streak by taking the middleweight class by a unanimous decision and moved into the final comparisons and posedown to take the overall title by a one-point (7 - 8) victory over lightheavyweight winner Gabriel Lopez of Jacksonville Beach.

Forty-three-year-old Kay Peiser of Ocala was the unanimous choice of the judges for the middleweight class win and after the final comparisons and posedown was the pick for the overall title.

The Figure Division had eight entrants and thirty-five-year-old Julie Buchanan of St. Augustine scored 6 points in rounds one and two for a total of 12 points to take the overall title.


Winter Edition

NPC Central Florida

. The 2001 NPC Central Florida District Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships were held on September 15 at the Orlando Expo Center under the promotion of Deke Warner.

Randy Chaney, 24, of Deltona was unopposed in the heavyweight class and moved to the finals to take a unanimous decision for the overall title. Forty-two-year-old Ellen Woodley of Orlando was the choice of the judges for the lightweight class and after the final comparisons and posedown was the unanimous choice for the overall.

The Figure Division had five entrants and thirty-four-year-old Anita Ervin of Casselberry took round one (two-piece swimsuit) with 6 points and round two (one-piece swimsuit) by just one point, 7 - 8, for a total of 13 points to take the overall title.

NPC Coastal USA

The 2001 NPC Coastal USA Bodybuilding Championships was held at the World Congress Center in Atlanta on August 18 under the promotion of Georgia State NPC Chairman, Ty "Ropeman" Felder.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mark Wallace of Atlanta, GA dominated the heavyweight class with a unanimous decision and moved to the finals to take the overall title. .....Dena Westerfield, 30, of Marietta, GA, in her contest debut, captured the heavyweight class by unanimous decision and after the final comparisons and posedown was declared the overall winner.

The Figure Division had a total of 10 entrants with six in the short class and four in the tall class.

Melisa Shepherd, 32, of Woodstock, GA was the unanimous winner of the tall class by taking rounds one (two-piece swimsuit) and round two (one-piece swimsuit) and moving to the finals and taking the overall win.


Fall Edition

21st Annual Southern States

The 21st anniversary NPC Southern States Bodybuilding Championships proved to be "the year of the heavyweight."

Marcus Haley of New Smyrna Beach, 27, had to battle 265-pound superheavyweight Joel Stubbs of Hialeah, 33, for the Men's Open title. Haley, who weighed in at 211 pounds, won the heavyweight class unanimously, before topping Stubbs, six votes to three, after final comparisons and the posedown.

Heavyweight Sherry Michel of Palm Beach Shores led runnerup Yamile Marrero of Hollywood (6 points to 9) to earn a spot in the finals. Then, Michel, 38, earned four of five votes cast for the overall. Lightweight Laura Westbrook of Jensen Beach, 43, received the fifth vote.

The Southern States, an NPC national qualifier, was presented by Peter W. Potter and his USA Sports Promotions of Florida at the War Memorial Auditorium, Ft. Lauderdale.

Tom Ryder Retires

Tom Ryder, editor and creator of Florida Muscle News in 1987, has retired. Tom and his partner, Jeannette Peters, began the monthly publication in 1987 and were based in West Palm Beach. At a time in Florida's bodybuilding history when 40 - 50 shows each season were common, Florida Muscle News gave competitors a chance to see their achievements in print and it gave the promoters more exposure and a way to publicize their events. Florida Muscle News changed Florida bodybuilding.