History

Jamaica’s Bodybuilding History

The Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA) had its origins in the 1940s as the Jamaica Bodybuilding Association, with Montegonian Lloyd Young being the very 1st Mr. Jamaica in 1949. Young’s personal achievements include the holder of the lightweight lifting championship title between 1947 and 1951. He along with Ken Rhino founded the Jamaica Bodybuilding Association in 1947. 

The JABBFA is an approved sporting association of Jamaica, registered by and operating through the Sports Development Foundation of Jamaica. JABBFA is Jamaica’s only International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) recognized governing body for amateur Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini and Body fitness competitions and the only Jamaican organization that qualifies competitors for the IFBB and awards competitors an IFBB Elite Pro Card. The IFBB, which was founded in 1946 by Ben and Joe Weider is the largest bodybuilding and fitness organization in the world with national federations in 196 countries.

JABBFA stages a full programme of national events each year, including Pre-Assessments, Posing Sessions, Anti-Doping Sessions and a National Championship and Sports Festival. Recent male champions include: Richardo Daniels, Dwayne Walker, Rupert Johnson, Marcus White, Henry Graham and female champions include Debbie Hall, Davina Barrett, Lisanne Levy and Kamila Mcdonald among others.

Successful amateur competitors get the opportunity to compete internationally at the various IFBB Elite Pro Competitions including the Arnold Classic, the IFBB World Championships, the Central American and Caribbean Championships and numerous other prestigious events. The IFBB Elite Pro division currently has more than US$1,000,000 million of prize money available for professional athletes.

The JABBFA is keen on conducting activities and seminars on varied topics like Anti-Doping, Goal setting, Social-Media management for the benefit of athletes and officials. The Judges clinic for the continuous up-gradation of knowledge of officials in the field of Judges is a regular feature in the yearly calendar of JABBFA.

One of the goals of JABFA is to grow the Fitness and Bodybuilding industries in Jamaica and across the Caribbean, offering a global and close-knit support network for athletes, associates and partners. The Association is making a permanent mark by hosting the largest Fitness Expo and Bodybuilding competition, which will raise the standards of the sport and opportunities for all Athletes to qualify for major international competitions sanctioned by the IFBB.

The Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA) had its origins as early as the 1940’s as the Jamaica Bodybuilding Association. These early years saw the likes of Montegonian Lloyd Young being the very 1st Mr. Jamaica in 1949.

Young, along with Ken Rhino, founded the Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding Association in 1947 in Jamaica. Lloyd Young’s personal achievements include the holder of the lightweight lifting championship title between 1947 and 1951.

He also represented Jamaica at the Barranquilla, Colombia, as a weightlifter in 1948. He is also the physical trainer who has personally and through his health studio produced more weightlifting and physique champions than any other gym, including the capture of the title ‘Mr. Jamaica’ on 12 occasions and Junior and ‘Mr. Novice Jamaica’ 13 times. The gym also produced every single ‘Mr. Cornwall’ since 1950.

Jamaica Amateur Body Building and Fitness Association

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