Juneau attracts Alaska's biggest, best for bodybuilding competition

Event raises more than $2,000 for Zach Gordon Youth Center

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2007

Alaska's most muscular and athletic athletes showed their stuff Saturday at the 2007 NPC Alaska Ironman Championships at Centennial Hall.

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The competition crowned champions in 11 different categories. The event also raised more than $2,000 for the Zach Gordon Youth Center, according to event organizer Corey Pavitt.

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"I think next year both (the fan turnout and number of competitors) will be bigger because the audience had a fantastic time and word will get out as to what a great show this was," Pavitt said. "For the competitors, we had just the right number for the first year. I think all the competitors had such a wonderful time and I think they'll go up north and talk it up."

Competitors from up north stole the show as Chugiak's Cinzia Clapp captured the fitness and figure competitions while 56-year-old Jack Phipps of Fairbanks took the overall men's bodybuilding title. In the women's bodybuilding competition, Ketchikan's Deborah Harney won the overall title.

"We had almost all first-timers and they did just amazing jobs," Pavitt said. "All the fitness people were first-timers. That's so demanding and it was impressive."

The judges included guest poser Dave "Texas Shredder" Goodin, noted Ketchikan bodybuilding author Dennis Weis and Juneau's Norm Knowles, the reigning NPC Last Frontier men's masters bodybuilding champion.

"It was just an incredible contest in terms of camaraderie," Pavitt said. "The crowd wasn't huge but it was so much fun."

Here's a rundown of Saturday's champions:

FITNESS CATEGORY

1. Cinzia Clapp, Chugiak

2. Jamie Miller, Juneau

3. Angela Hubbs, Juneau

FIGURE CATEGORY

1. Cinzia Clapp, Chugiak

2. Deborah Harney, Ketchikan

3. Jamie Miller, Juneau

MEN'S MASTERS BODYBUILDING

1. Jack Phipps, Fairbanks

2. H. Keith Oney, Juneau

3. Troy Burns, North Pole

NOVICE MEN

1. Keith Oney, Juneau

MIDDLEWEIGHT (154-176 lbs.)

1. Troy Burns, North Pole

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

(176-198 lbs.)

1. Jack Phipps, Fairbanks

2. Rhyan Ferguson, Juneau

3. Shawn Clapp, Chugiak

OVERALL MEN'S WINNER

1. Jack Phipps, Fairbanks

WOMEN'S MASTERS

BODYBUILDING

1. Joelle Miller, Fairbanks

2. Juanita Reese, Juneau

WOMEN'S GRANDMASTERS

1. Deborah Harney, Ketchikan

2. Vicki Phipps, Fairbanks

3. Sheri Williams, Juneau

LIGHTWEIGHT

(less than 123 lbs.)

1. Joelle Miller, Fairbanks

2. Vicki Phipps, Fairbanks

3. Juanita Reese, Juneau

OVERALL WOMEN'S WINNER

1. Deborah Harney, Ketchikan

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.



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