Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not provided us with much of a summer and as the day’s gets shorter and mornings cooler, our thoughts turn to fall with the annual New Brunswick Championships just around the corner. Scheduled for November 2nd at the Fredericton Playhouse there is already huge interest in what I expect will be another record-breaking turnout!
New Brunswick has experienced keen interest and rapid growth in the fitness industry this past spring as evidenced by the huge success of the special 35th Anniversary of the Atlantic Classic Championships held at Casino NB promoted by Ti-Jean and Heather LeBlanc. Throughout its 35-year history the Atlantic Championships had been held mainly at the Mathieu Martin High School in Dieppe. Realizing that the championships had outgrown the Mathieu Martin, Ti-Jean & Heather felt it was time to raise the bar of an already successful Championship by taking the Atlantic’s to the big time venue! The rest is history, as over 100 athletes from across the Maritimes journeyed to Casino NB on the weekend of April 13th to compete in the biggest and most successful Atlantic Championships to date.
The Overall Winners came in the exquisite physiques of PEI’s Stephanie Thorpe (Bikini), Nova Scotia’s Angela Doucette (Figure) and New Brunswick’s Daniel Drover (Bodybuilding). It was great to see the newly created Men’s Physique Division such a huge success with Nova Scotia’s Jonathan Thomas declared our first Overall winner. Inspired by such overwhelming support Ti-Jean and Heather in conjunction with NBPFA are planning on making the Atlantic’s even bigger and better for 2014 with the date of April 5th already booked at Casino NB.
At last fall’s NB Championships Dieppe’s Heather LeBlanc was honoured by the NBPFA with a special Lifetime Achievement award for her dedication and hard work in organizing numerous workshops and seminars for Atlantic Figure & Bikini competitors. Inspired by the recognition, Heather pulled out all stop this spring in organizing two excellent Stage Ready Seminars beginning with IFBB Ms Olympia Nathelia Melo on March 16th where a record number of 100 participants attended.
On July 13th top IFBB Pro Bikini competitor & cover model Amanda Latona was the featured guest with another bumper crop of fitness enthusiasts turning out for the daylong event. Inspired by the extreme success of the Figure/Bikini seminars Heather felt it was time to promote a Seminar with a top name IFBB Pro Bodybuilder and on November 30th IFBB runner-up Mr. Olympia Kai Greene will be the special guest for a Special Transformation Seminar co-promoted by NB top bodybuilder Rene Leger. Throughout the past several years these seminars promoted by Heather and sponsored by the NBPFA & Popeye’s have generated huge numbers and continue to grow in size and participation. The Kai Greene Seminar is a first for the Maritimes and I expect it will break all participation records. I encourage all those interested to contact Heather and get your ticket early.
Perhaps the highlight of this summer’s competition season came in the highly successful CBBF Canadian Bodybuilding Championships promoted by Georgina Dunnington President of the NSABBA and her fantastic organizing committee on the weekend of July 6th in Halifax. The caliber of competitor was through the roof with over 175 athletes participating. As president I was delighted to see NBPFA represented in many of the categories with a record number of 15 athletes.
Fredericton’s superbly conditioned Brendan Demers won the Junior Division defeating 17 of Canada’s best juniors. Representing the ladies was Saint John’s feisty Lorie Noiles who pulled off an impressive two runner-up finishes in the Women’s Lightweight Masters & Lightweight Open Bodybuilding categories. It had been seven year’s since Saint John’s Mike Griffin won the Lightweight Division at the 2006 CBBF Nationals and he was back to regain his title. Unfortunately, he missed making the Lightweight class by only a few ounces and had to compete in the Welterweight Division. Regardless of being outweighed, Mike’s superb conditioning earned him an impressive 3rd place finish. It was also great to see veteran’s Andrew Kupkee and Allan Robichaud finish second and third in the Masters Middleweight Division. Other notable performances by NBPFA athletes included Randy Madsen (6th Welterweight), Rene Leger (8th Lightheavy), Johnny Doull (7th Superheavy), Justin Mckinney (8th Heavy), Jordan Little (7th Junior) and Caissie Liberatore (7th Women’s Heavyweight).
Earlier in the season NBPFA was also well represented by Shannon Pineau (1st Bikini Short) Samantha Rioux (3rd Figure Short), Kat Delima (4th Figure Tall) and Jessie Lynn Ellsworth (5th Bikini Medium) at the IFBB International Events Qualifier on April 27th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The success of our athletes at National events so far in 2013 proves that our region are producing some of the best competitors in Canada.
As President of the NBPFA I am very excited to once again promote the 39th Annual New Brunswick Championships on the weekend of November 2nd at the Fredericton Playhouse. The competition was moved ahead by one week to allow for the very first Annual Prince Edward Island Championships to be held in Charlottetown on the weekend of November 9th. Working with top Atlantic Promoters Ti-Jean & Heather LeBlanc I am very excited to see what kind of response we will get at this event. There has been so much support in the caliber and participation from PEI athletes at our NB & Atlantic events that we felt it was time that the Island had their own Championships. I hope that everyone will get out to support this event! For updates on the NB & PEI Championships please check out our Facebook pages.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our up coming fall events.