Bahamian professional bodybuilder Jameil Hamilton is in Tampa, Florida, to take part in the 2019 International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) Professional League Yamamoto Nutrition Cup. The competition, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt, will get underway today and will wrap up on Sunday.
Hamilton will be participating in men’s bodybuilding in the super heavyweight category alongside 20 other competitors. He will be up against a tough field that includes Dexter Johnson, a former Mr. Olympia.
Hamilton has been involved in the sport since 2013, initially competing as a light heavyweight. He won the coveted Mr. Bahamas title in 2016. In 2017, the bodybuilder earned his professional card, but this is his first year competing as a professional. He is coached by Bahamian legendary bodybuilder Joel Stubbs who is now the president of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF).
“My coach, Joel Stubbs, and I decided that in order to be competitive we needed to add more size to my frame. We took the last one and a half years to do just that. Preparation for this event, Tampa Pro, has been the best I’ve experienced so far. My body is just responding so positively to the training and supplementation. I was able to bring my competition weight up to over 250 pounds,” Hamilton said.
The Tampa Pro is the final qualifier for the 2019 Mr. Olympia and he hopes to finish in the top 10 this weekend.
He said: “That is the biggest and most prestigious contest in professional bodybuilding. I am looking forward for a top 10 finish this weekend. As I continue to grow and progress in the sport, I’m positive that I’ll be contending for the title. There are a lot of top builders competing in this one, even a former Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson. It would be an honor to share the stage with the veteran.”
Stubbs said he has confidence in his athlete.
“I am hopeful that he will crack the top 10 in this show this weekend and continue to get his name in the heads of the IFBB judges and the bodybuilding fans,” Stubbs said. “As he improves his skills and physique, I can say with confidence that he will be a force to be reckoned with soon and very soon. He has the width, the height, he is gaining size and mass from year to year and yet remaining humble and disciplined while doing so. He will make The Bahamas proud very soon.”
This is Hamilton’s second show for the year. He was in the 2019 IFBB Toronto Pro Competition in Toronto, Canada, in June, and finished 12th out of 13 competitors.
He said that it was a learning experience for him.
Jonathan DeLaRosa from Miramar, Florida, was the victor in Hamilton’s category in Toronto. Finishing second was the hometown favorite Iain Valliere and finishing third was Josh Wade from Rocklin, California.
Hamilton encouraged his fellow bodybuilders to put God first and foremost and to believe in themselves, and added that hard work pays off.
He said he doesn’t have any sponsors as yet but he thanked his wife Brittany Hamilton for supporting him in this endeavor and his family for their support. He also thanked Stubbs and Team ‘Big Joel Stubbs’ for pushing him every day in the gym, and also Club One Fitness Centre for providing a place for him to make his dreams come true.