The bodybuilding fraternity not yet fully over the passing of former President and Guyana’s first IFBB Judge, George Marshall, has been plunged into mourning again following the news that another former President and
athlete, Fiona Harris has died.
Harris who was one of Guyana’s leading Body Fitness athletes in the 2000s passed away sometime on Sunday evening following a brief period of illness.
Fiona, as she was fondly referred to by friends and family took the reins of President of the Guyana Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) in early 2010 from Frank Tucker and served until 2012.
Prior to becoming President, Harris, a former student of President’s College who had formed part of feared quartet of females making up the 4x100m relay team in the early 1990s, had served as GABBFF Treasurer from 2006-2010 and before that had joined the realms of administration in the sport as a Committee Member.
As President, Harris is credited with adopting a hands on approach and leadership style as she visited most if not all of the gyms that would send athletes to compete including those in Berbice, Linden and Demerara.
In visiting gyms, Harris would share tips with the athletes with the aim of them presenting better bodies to compete on stage. She was also very visible in supporting the other strength sports whenever they held competitions, including weightlifting and powerlifting.
As an athlete, Harris was a two-time Ms. Guyana Bodybuilding champion and one of Guyana’s best during her days of competition. She also competed in the Ms. Body Fitness category and perhaps the pinnacle of her career in terms of competition would have been the Central American and Caribbean Championships that were held in Guyana in 2004 when she made the finals in the Ms. Body Fitness class but did not medal.
After leaving the GABBFF Harris’ expertise was sought and used by the Flex Night Inc. Committee up until the time of her passing.
Kaieteur Sport joins with the bodybuilding fraternity in extending sincere condolences to Harris’ daughter Kadija, family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.
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