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Winter 2017
For the past 3 years at the NGA Gator Classic in central Florida there has been an award given out to those competitors who have
overcome some sort of adversity. Competitors who have overcome a major surgery, drastic weight loss, or anything else that an everyday citizen who have been sidelined. Entries are sent in about their stories, what they have overcome, the issues they had to contend with, and perhaps some pictures. Promoter Bill Mora and Mike “BrocMan” Ives, (for whom the award is named after) go through each entry meticu- lously. Every single one deserves to get the award, however, unfortunately, only one person can receive it.
The award is named The mike “Brocman” Ives Warrior Spirit Award for NGA Masters’ Pro competitor Mike Ives. Mike was
born and raised in Philadel- phia. When he was a teenager, he had both arms crushed in
a paper baler. As a youngster, Mike never thought of body- building. He wanted to be either a professional baseball player or a drummer. Fitness and bodybuilding never really entered his mind. It took almost 2 grueling years to get his arms out of casts and start a lengthy physical therapy process. In Mike’s early 20s, he began to work out. As time would have it, Mike started reading bodybuilding maga- zines, working out, and even met some of the magazine idols in venice Beach, CA. He was bitten by the “bodybuild- ing” bug. Mike would go on
to compete in over 45 NPC
contests throughout Florida and up/down the East Coast.
Being a drug free competitor Mike started
to enter natural shows. Everywhere he goes
and every show he enters, people know Mike. They see and hear his positive outlook on life; a positive attitude and a willingness to help others get better. In a sport known for selishness and
the “all about me” attitude, it is nice to see how genuine a person Mike is. He is quick to help someone backstage at shows or lend some con- structive advice on posing or dieting. As Mike is nearing his 75th show, natural bodybuilding and the sport in general need more people like Mike Ives.
The irst Warrior Spirit Award was awarded to bikini and igure competitor, Maggie Carbone. Maggie overcame a drastic weight loss (100+ pounds). Most people as they become heavier never think of entering or competing in a itness show. She put in grueling days and months of hard work, losing the equivalent of almost a single person! Maggie can be seen at central Florida shows as a spectator or judge. We plan to see her on stage again very soon!
The second Warrior Spirit Award was awarded to masters and (sometimes) open bodybuilding competitor, Dennis Hobart. Dennis had an open heart surgery. Most folks in their 50’s would not be thinking of any type of major itness activity let alone compete in a bodybuilding contest! Dennis was the exception. Always a smile and positive attitude. He continues to compete to this day and is a ixture in the 50+ Masters Body- building division. He will sometimes grace the Open Heavyweight division as well!
For our 2016 Warrior Spirit Award, it was awarded to Ariel Cleary. Ariel overcame severe mental stress and depression leading up to and after her pregnancy. At one point she did not want anything to do with her child and it took some time and efort for those feelings to sub- side. She got back on track and competed this year in the bikini division. Ariel has a great per- sonality and works very hard. We look forward to seeing her at more NGA shows!
If you feel like you may deserve a chance at the Mike “BrocMan” Ives Warrior Spirit Award, send your bio and letter to my email, billyct74@, and maybe you will be the next recipi- ent at the NGA Gator Classic on May 6, 2017. n

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