Dee Clayton: I’m proud of all athletes

Posted on Nov 15 2022

Competitors of the recently concluded 2022 Dee Clayton Classic competition pose for a photo at the World Resort Saipan last Nov. 5. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athletes who competed in the just concluded 2022 Dee Clayton Classic are now looking forward to representing the CNMI in the 2023 Pacific Games in Honoria, Solomon Islands, according to DC Classic and the Northern Marianas Bodybuilding and Physique Federation president Dee Clayon.

“I am so proud of all the athletes regardless of how they train and diet; I am happy and proud of their efforts,” said Clayton. 

She added that the athletes who competed are “role models for the community and the people; they all did great, and I hope they continue in their journey and never stop, as bodybuilding is an ongoing” learning experience.

With the concluded competition, she said “I like it because no matter how competitive they are, they are like brothers and sisters supporting each other… Win or lose, we all have the same passion; we lift up each other and that’s how the sport becomes top[notch] because once you have drama, it’s all over.”

When asked about who the athletes are representing CNMI next year and how many, she said that the numbers are not set yet, as anything can change based on what the organizations and or government say, and that she is currently “waiting for an update.” 

She said prior to the DC Classic competition that even if the Top 2 are chosen for each category to make up the CNMI bodybuilding team, the determining factors of their representation depend on whether the athletes are ready for international competition and whether they have the proper documentation to go, and “all of those criteria that they need to fulfill to in order for them to qualify.”

Regardless of the limitations or outcome of the team prior to the 2023 Pacific Games, she said that she is a woman who gets things done, and will do what it takes to bring out CNMI bodybuilding representatives next year.

After the Pacific Mini Games last June, it was announced that bodybuilding athletes who wish to represent or qualify for team CNMI next year must compete in the Dee Clayton Classic and Northern Marianas Bodybuilding and Physique Federation championships.

Leigh Gases
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