JABBFA send­ing largest ever squad to CAC Champs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Rachid Parch­ment Sun­day Gleaner Writer

THE JA­MAICA Am­a­teur Body Build­ing and Fit­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (JABBFA) is hop­ing to send be­tween 16 and 20 ath­letes to this year’s Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean (CAC) Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onships in Mex­ico City, Mex­ico, from Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 1.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing to build on the suc­cess of the squad that went to the 44th stag­ing of the CAC Cham­pi­onships last year. How­ever, JABBFA Pres­i­dent Au­drey All­wood said that although the Sports De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion has been very help­ful, more funds are still needed, and she is ap­peal­ing to cor­po­rate Ja­maica to help the team with spon­sor­ship of its ath­letes.

“What we’re do­ing now is ask­ing if the ath­letes can get as­sis­tance from any­one out there, be­cause we need to take a team this year,” she said. “We are do­ing very well. Last year, we took 12 ath­letes and came back with 13 medals. That is fan­tas­tic for a lit­tle is­land like us, and we’re talk­ing about 42 coun­tries, and we did re­ally well. We’re al­ways on top, al­ways there. The ath­letes are look­ing far bet­ter this year and the ath­letes and we know we can do well so we need just that lit­tle ex­tra help from cor­po­rate Ja­maica.”


JABBFA Vice-pres­i­dent Kirk Frank­son said that this year’s team will in­cor­po­rate not just lo­cal ath­letes, but also those from the di­as­pora look­ing to rep­re­sent their home­land.

“This year’s team ac­tu­ally in­cludes per­sons who are liv­ing in Ja­maica and the di­as­pora,” he said. “We ac­tu­ally have two per­sons who are liv­ing in other Caribbean coun­tries and one per­son in the United States who is ac­tu­ally com­pet­ing for Ja­maica.

“We are cur­rently hav­ing a prob­lem gain­ing spon­sor­ship for the team. The over­all cost for each ath­lete runs be­tween $150,000 and $200,000 to go to Mex­ico. “

Frank­son also re­vealed that Ja­maica will be bid­ding to host the 47th stag­ing of the tour­na­ment in 2019.

“Ja­maica has not hosted the CAC Cham­pi­onships in more than 12 years, and we are cur­rently putting in a bid to host it in 2019,” he said. “This is one of our ma­jor pri­or­i­ties to en­sure that our ath­letes get an op­por­tu­nity to be­come pro­fes­sion­als.”

Au­drey All­wood, Ja­maica Am­a­teur Body Build­ing and Fit­ness As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

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