Excitement was spurred at the Mayberry Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA) National Senior Championships on Saturday (July 2) at the Courtleigh Auditorium after more than 70 athletes came out with vigor and strength to compete in different bodybuilding categories.
The competition featured skilled athletes competing in bodybuilding – Men’s Physique, Classic Physique, Classic Bodybuilding, Women’s Bikini Fitness, Women’s Physique, and Women’s Body Fitness – for a chance to win a cash prize of $60,000.
Kirk Frankson, vice president of the JABBFA, said he was pleased with the overall turnout of the event.
“It was such a blessing to see that all our efforts have come to fruition. I have to thank all parties involved in making this a success,” Frankson said.
“Our title sponsor, Mayberry Investments Limited, has been a huge supporter of our vision, along with our associate sponsors, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Sports Development Foundation, Facey Commodity Pharmaceutical Division, and Classic Body Fitness. The athletes, on the other hand, were exceptional, as they came prepared not only to compete but to have fun while showcasing their talent. Thanks to the team, this event has definitely laid the groundwork for future opportunities for JABBFA.”
Though all the contestants came out strong, a few excelled, copping the winning title in their category.
Adam Senior dominated in Overall Bodybuilding; Deana Wheatle succeeded in the Overall Bikini Fitness category; and Ricky James in the Overall Men’s Physique category.
Other notable winners included Rajae Grandison in Junior Bodybuilding; Shaun Davis in Master-Bodybuilding and the Light-middleweight Bodybuilding category for Seniors; and Duvaughn Dick in Classic Bodybuilding for Seniors and the Heavyweight Bodybuilding category. The winning streak continued as Jevaughn Rosewell was spectacular in the Junior Men’s and Novice Physique categories and also in the Men’s Physique Tall Class for Seniors.
Senior once again shone in the Classic Physique and the Middleweight Bodybuilding for seniors, and Akeem Hinds copped the winning title for Muscular Men’s Physique, while James took the title for the Men’s Physique Medium class for Seniors.
Stephanie Harrison, assistant marketing manager at Mayberry Investments Limited, said the Mayberry team was ecstatic, leading to and during the event.
“This was an event that we were looking forward to and we were very happy to be a part of JABBFA’s renaissance. The competition will have a positive effect, not just on those participating at the venue, but across communities in our country, and that is what Mayberry stands for. We endorse initiatives that speak to our mandate, and this initiative was speaking loudly to one of our corporate and social responsibilities, which is contributing to the development of sports across communities, which in turn will benefit our country,” she said.
Harrison also lauded JABBA for its commitment to promoting wellness and wellbeing in Jamaica through bodybuilding.
“We have to acknowledge JABBFA for its effort in encouraging health and wellness through the sport of bodybuilding. This is what you call “killing two birds with one stone.
“We are promoting health and wellness while at the same time bringing back recognition to a sport that has been around in Jamaica since the 1940s,” she said.
Harrison added that “it was not just about competition for the athletes; it was more of a fun activity that displayed the passion these athletes have for the sport. We witnessed these athletes competing in elation, which is indicative of them doing what they love, and doing what you love is also an investment in one’s health. We couldn’t be happier to contribute to this life-changing event”.
The contestants rose to the occasion and displayed their best strengths to become winners.
Rose-Marie Cameron won the Bikini Fitness for Masters; Tru-Sha Dixon took the winning title in the Novice Bikini and the Women’s Bikini Fitness Tall Class for Seniors categories; Ashane Gordon Morrison was victorious in the Women’s Physique and Body Fitness for Seniors categories; and Sherea Clarke took the winning title for the Bikini Wellness for Seniors; while Wheatle once again took the title for the Women’s Bikini Short Class for Seniors.
This year’s competition, which was on hiatus for almost three years due to the pandemic, attracted hundreds of fitness enthusiasts, including bodybuilders, powerlifters, wrestlers, karate practitioners, instructors of group fitness classes, personal trainers, and even weekend warriors.
Mayberry said it was looking forward to continuing its alliance with JABBFA to host its championships, which will be used as a platform to showcase athletes’ hard work achieved through investing in a healthy lifestyle.