Hailing from the Dutch island of Caracao, Roelly has built an impressive physique, being known for his incredible symmetry, size and definition.
However, he didn’t decide on pursuing a career as a bodybuilder until after surviving a near-fatal car accident. Afterwards, he found his coach and friend, Sibil and began his journey in the fitness industry.
Roelly earned his Pro Card in 2010, and has appeared in the most prestigious show (Mr. Olympia) every year.
Roelly was born and raised in Curacao (an island between the southern Caribbean sea and Dutch Caribbean region, owned by the Netherlands). He’d always been interested in bodybuilding, appearing in amateur shows in mainland Netherlands – placing highly due to naturally sporting a big, lean frame.
It wasn’t Roelly’s intention to become pro during this period, but that all changed after he was involved in a serious car accident that almost took his life, in 2004.
After coming to his senses in the hospital, he realized that he was wasting his potential by not pursuing a career in fitness. As a result, at the age of 27, Roelly made the big decision to focus his efforts into earning a Pro Card.
Over the next 5 years, Roelly trained rigorously, working to gain size while sculpting a lean physique. However, his lack of knowledge in fitness and nutrition restricted his progress as an athlete – it was at this point when Roelly began searching for a professional bodybuilding coach, to take him to the next level.
After asking numerous respectable bodybuilders at his gym who the best trainer in the Neverlands was, he was constantly directed to Sybil – an ex female bodybuilder and professional coach. She agreed to take him under her wing, and Roelly soon made serious improvements on his physique and stage routine.
After making a name for himself in the amateur leagues, the Dutchman finally realized his first goal after winning the 2009 NPC Arnold Amateur Championships – becoming a professional bodybuilder.
This gave him the motivation necessary to continue progressing in the sport, and it wasn’t long before he reached another milestone.
In 2010, Roelly achieved his biggest victory yet, earning his first trophy as a professional at the IFBB New York Pro competition – beating the likes of more established athletes such as Hidetada Yamagishi and Dennis Wolf.
This announced the Dutchman’s intentions to the rest of the world, and Roelly soon became recognized as one of the most promising bodybuilders of his era.