President's Message

Dear Friends and Associates,

On behalf of the Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA), I welcome all supporters of Body Building in particular and Fitness in general to this website.  It is a singular pleasure and learning experience for me to be serving the Body Building field in Jamaica in an administrative capacity.

Over the last 60 plus years JABBFA has identified and recognized the finest athletes in various disciplines; Body Building, Physique, Body Fitness and Bikini Fitness.  The Association was formed with the intention of promoting and propagating Fitness, Bodybuilding and Holistic Wellness in Jamaica with a mission to steward, modernize and develop the culture of healthy living in Jamaica. Our aim of getting recognition to the sport of bodybuilding is ongoing.  The changes in the perception and importance of a healthy lifestyle have created more opportunities for the sport with an increase in prize money globally, more participation from women athletes and the elderly, better facilities for athletes during competitions and recruitment of athletes by various private sector entities for promotional purposes.

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.

In the coming years we have proposed numerous initiatives for the betterment of the sport including; fundraising, merchandising, partnerships with schools, trainer certification, doping education, more competitions and the opening of new avenues for the athletes to turn a professional.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart all the supporters, sponsors, officials and volunteers who have not only provided financial assistance but their time. Through sponsorships, we help and support numerous bodybuilding and fitness activities in Jamaica.

Our Federation consists of more than 200 athletes who participate in competitions organized, conducted and managed by IFBB regulations. The Federation is fortunate to have more than 20 officials who promote and popularize Body Building throughout Jamaica on a voluntary basis by contributing their valuable time and talent toward supporting our Association. The IFBB is the largest and most prestigious Bodybuilding and Fitness networks in the world. It organizes more than 2,000 events every year in 196 countries offering athletes the opportunity to be the very best they can be by competing against the very best in the world.

We try to provide a fair and transparent platform for local athletes to be able to truly reach their ultimate potential and take their careers in this sport as far as they can and want to.  Our largest event and quite frankly the most rewarding is the National Championships and Sports Festival which is held annually. We welcome athletes, volunteers and partners of all levels and backgrounds regardless of their race, breed, creed, religion, political affiliations, etc.

I look forward to working with all stakeholders to help raise the bar in our industry and as the President, I am humbled to lead such a diverse, committed group of Officials and athletes who make such a difference.

Sincerely,

 

Audrey Allwood
President

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