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Bodybuilder pleads for help

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 2:34 PMRobert Bailey
Ayanna Samuels

National Bodybuilding competitor Ayanna Samuels is making an impassioned plea for sponsorship to compete in this year's 42nd International Fitness and Bodybuilding Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships, which will be held in Dutch St Maarten from October 2-4, 2014.

The 34-year-old Samuels told The Gleaner that she has managed to raise US$1,800 of the total cost of US$2,900 to participate in the championships.

"This sport helps you to get into the best shape of your life and, in competing for Jamaica, it will help to bring glory for the country in the sport of bikini fitness," said Samuels.

"I will encourage one and all to get behind this quest to represent our country in the fine sport of bikini fitness competition," she said.


Samuels, who is set compete in the Bikini Fitness category in St Maarten, captured the award for the Best Presentation at the Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding Fitness Association (JABBFA) National Championships held in July, in the first competitive outing of her career.

"It is Central America and Caribbean and it is my first time. I have to lean on the judges from JABBFA, and they believe that the condition I am in puts me in very good stead to compete," Samuels said.

Samuels added that she received a lot support and encouragement from everyone in the sport, in particular JABBFA President Sydney Davis, as well as Audrey Allwood, a three-time Caribbean Lightweight champion and two-time Miss South Florida winner.

"I had two testimonials from judges and one from the president, and those testimonials speak loudly, (as opposed to) me singing my own praises," Samuels said.

"I am giving it everything that I have in terms of both weight training, cardio and nutritional preparation, because I want the world to know that Jamaica has fierce bodybuilding and fitness athletes," she said.

Samuels pointed out that she plans to participate in a lot of international tournaments all around the world once she is able to acquire the necessary funding from corporate Jamaica.

"I want to take this as far as I can, and so once I compete in St Maarten, I will have my eyes on other international competitions," she said. "There are [competitions] all over the globe, and so I will be looking at the more competitive ones, then makes a decision," she said.

Persons can assist Samuels by making contributions at the Liguanea branch of First Global Bank to account number 99085-8867037.