We are now in the midst of a hot & wet New Brunswick summer and I hope you are all enjoying vacations, barbeques, cool beer, ice cream and sandy beaches!
I have to say; we are extremely lucky to live in the Maritimes, as our quality of life is the best in the world, bar none! For all you fitness buffs, competitors and supporters of our Association, I want to thank you for your patronage this past spring as without you our Bodybuilding & Figure competitions wouldn’t have been such a huge success.
The tremendous success of this past springs Atlantic Classic Championships proves beyond a doubt that the Atlantic provinces is one of the most popular regions in Canada for Bodybuilding, Figure, and Bikini competitions. Our competitive season got off to a tremendous start with the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships with a record turnout of 165 competitors flexing their stuff in front of a sold crowd at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The following week, the historic Mathieu Martin High School was the site of our 34th Atlantic Classic Championships promoted by the husband and wife team of Ti-Jean and Heather LeBlanc with a record of 108 competitors. Along with the high numbers was the caliber of athletes, which in my opinion were national level.
I think the biggest upset in the Atlantic Championships was seeing two-time winner Nova Scotia’s Greg Doucette defeated by New Brunswick’s mini hulk, Mike Martin! Greg had won the NS Provincial Championships the previous week and came into the competition, confident that he would add his name to the record books with Steve Parker as a three time Overall winner. Had it not been for Martin’s pristine conditioning and bone dry muscularity, Greg would have walked away with his third Atlantic Overall title. In spite of Mike’s shredded condition, Greg sported 20 pounds of solid muscle over his 2009 Atlantic appearance and looked pretty unbeatable. After a fierce pose down between other class winners Lightweight Vincent Cormier, Middleweight Steve Doucette and Heavyweight Johnny Doull, Mike came out the overall winner by a mere vote.
The calibers of bodybuilders were exceptional, and I think that Doucette, Martin and Doull who also won the junior title, have National caliber physiques. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the competition was NB’s ultra shredded Paul Munn who was competing in his first competition. Paul won the men’s over-50 division and was so conditioned that he looked to be forged from hammered steel. Unfortunately, in spite of the high caliber of bodybuilders, one of the downsides of this year’s Atlantic’s was the small number. Out of the 108 competitors there were just a little over 30 male bodybuilders with the rest being female.
As President of the NBPFA I am overjoyed at the huge support from our Figure, Figure Model and Women’s Physique competitors who filled the nine categories. However I am very disappointed with the lack of support and interest from our bodybuilders, particularly from New Brunswick. In fact, had it not been for Just4Shows Andrew Pierce who supported the show by providing close to half the bodybuilders, this part of the competition would have been a disaster.
On the positive side, I can’t express my gratitude to all the fit and superbly conditioned ladies who participated and supported this year’s Atlantic’s who had journeyed from every Atlantic province including Newfoundland. The over whelming support was very encouraging, and as President I want to personally want to thank you all.
Year by year NB’s Julie Peterson continues to improve and she brought a highly conditioned package to the Mathieu Martin stage. Peterson’s superior shape and conditioning was over whelming and she was awarded the Atlantic Overall Figure title over class winners NB’s Emily Robinson (Short) and Nova Scotia’s Angela Doucette (Tall).
The growth of Figure Model in the Atlantic region has been nothing less than spectacular as forty of the regions best competitors showed up to strut their stuff to the sold out Mathieu Martin audience. When the dust settled, it was Nova Scotia’s shapely Katelyn Boucher who stood victorious over PEI’s sultry Shannon Pineau (Short Class) and NB’s elegant Vanessa Seale (Tall Class).
Once again Ti-Jean and Heather proved that they rank as the top promoters in Atlantic Canada with another highly successful competition on their resumes. Based on the success of this year’s event the bar will be raised higher as we will be celebrating next year’s 35th anniversary of the Atlantic Championships at the prestigious Casino New Brunswick. I am really excited and looking forward to this landmark show as Ti-Jean and Heather promise many surprises and are extremely honored to bring this event to such a prestigious location.
On another note, I have to thank my good friend publisher Terry Frendo of Inside Fitness, as he provided Ti-Jean, Heather and myself the franchise to host the very first Atlantic Canada Inside Fitness Model Search, which was held on the weekend of June 9th in Moncton. After some last minute scrambling, we threw together the event in conjunction with the very successful Nicole Wilkins’s Figure seminar hosted by Summerside gym owner Corey Arseneault and Heather LeBlanc. It was an extremely fun weekend and our concept for the Model Search was well received with Nicole being our celebrity guest judge. On Sunday she traveled to Summerside for a special appearance at Corey’s Stretchers gym. Organizing this event was a huge challenge, but Heather, Ti-Jean and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to bring another first rate show to the Atlantic Region. As President of the NBPFA, I felt it very important that the NBPFA support the Model Search as a major sponsor. Although not an officially sanctioned competition, I feel it is going to grow and will become a huge event offering another opportunity for Atlantic’s most fit and attractive models to compete in. We had so many positive comments on how entertaining the show was, that we are planning an even bigger one for next year.
With fall just around the corner, thoughts will soon be turning to our Annual New Brunswick & PEI Bodybuilding & Figure Championships coming up at the Fredericton Playhouse on Saturday, November 10th. Judging by the success of the Atlantic’s and last year’s NB Championships, I expect another record turnout and record breaking Provincials. I have posted all necessary information under the up coming events section, which should answer any questions you might have. Tickets will go on sale the first of September and I would suggest you pick them up ASAP! Last year, they sold out fairly quickly! From what I am hearing, this year’s NB Championships is looking like it is going to be even bigger. Have a great summer!