Once again NorthAmericanBodies attended the FAME East Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness show held in Montreal, Canada on April 18-19, 2008. They say actions speak louder than words, and boy, that phrase sure came in handy during for this show inasmuch as French seems to be the language of choice in this Canadian province, and this show was no exception.
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Even if you did not understand a single word, the actions of the athletes told all as they put on a great show. In all honesty, though, every attempt was made to convey things in English when possible. Language aside, the FAME East show was again phenomenal.
Athletes gathered at registration at the host hotel on Friday evening, April 18th in anticipation of judging the next morning. There was a large turnout with competitive divisions. The show itself was held on Saturday April 19th at the Theatre Outremont, an opera-like venue complete with balconies and multiple-level seating.
There were many FAME Pros on-hand at the show helping out, including Maurice Vaillancourt, Julie Marsland, Sylvia Tremblay, Larry Vinette, Isabelle Galarneau, Alicia Neasmith, and Dave Catudal.
The morning show kicked off with Muscle judging by age categories, with bodybuilding athletes spanning the ages from as young as 20 to as old as 73. There was only one figure model in the show, Valerie David, who took the opportunity to shine and show the judges what she had to offer to the world of competitive fitness.
Her symmetry and poise was amazing! Fitness was the next category to take the stage to display their tremendous talents as they kicked off each with their fitness routines. Muscle Model and Fitness Models were the last group to display their sculpted physiques to the audience and the judges, each showcasing their talent in both swimwear and sportswear.
The judges had a tough job before them as the judging part of the show ended around 3 pm. It was a long morning into afternoon for the athletes, and they had little time before the finals to relax and prepare for the much anticipated evening show which was set to begin at 7 pm.
The doors of the Theatre Outremont opened at 6:30 pm to a sold-out crowd who came to support the FAME athletes. The show promptly opened with athletes being introduced by name and taking the stage in pairs to give the audience a preview of the night's competition.
The emcee for the evening was Stephane who has hosted this show in the past and who provided ample comic relief to entertain the crowd.
First group out was the Juniors Muscle class, and young bodybuilder Massimo Mancuso put on a stunning display of his physique and took 1st place. The 2nd place honors went to Felix Daigle.
Masters - Grandmasters - Super Grandmasters Divisions:
In the Masters category, Sylvan Deschamps walked away with top honors and a FAME Masters Pro Card, impressing the judges with his physique and an outstanding routine.
Richard Villeneuve took 1st place in the Grandmasters earning his Pro Card as well. In the Super Grandmasters division, Guy Lariviere at 71 years of age won 1st place and also earned his Pro Card.
Short & Tall Divisions:
Both the Open and Advanced level bodybuilding were divided into two categories: Short and Tall. In the Short Open division, Eric Guay walked took 1st place honors, with Costa Zervos taking 2nd and Spiros Stavropoulos taking 3rd place.
For the Tall Open division, Francois Beauregard impressed the judges with his sculpted physique and entertaining routine and wound up taking the 1st place award. Matthew Scodras and Jean-Jacques Barett followed closely behind coming in 2nd and 3rd place.
Advanced Short & Tall Divisions:
Sylvan Deschamps had a big night as he not only earned his Pro Card in the Masters division, but also earned a Pro Card by winning the Advanced Short division over Eric Young who placed 2nd.
New FAME pro and overall show winner, Henri-Pierre Ano, won the Advanced Tall division, over 2nd place finisher Rob Riches, and was the Overall show winner earning his Pro Card by astounding the audience with his fluid routine.
Although Valerie David was the only figure competitor, she took advantage of this opportunity by doing extra poses for the audience and continuing to wow them with her hard-earned physique and upbeat routine! Not only did Valerie walk away a winner, she is now also the newest FAME Figure PRO!
The entertainment aspect of the show took an upturn when the fitness girls came on stage one by one to pump-up the audience with their strength-induced upbeat fitness routines.
These routines are mainly hip-hop which had the audience cheering louder than ever as the girls performed amazing strength moves. Josiane Desroches wound-up as the winner of this category. Veronique Lortie took 2nd place and Katy Dupuis took 3rd place.
Advanced Fitness Division:
In the advanced category Marie-Eve Anctil inspired the judges and wowed the crowded with her "Little Red Riding Hood" theme. The routine, inspired by Fitness Pro Sylvia Tremblay, earned Marie-Eve Anctil her Pro Card in the Fitness category. Virginie Bassene placed 2nd.
Muscle Model Division:
In the Muscle Model male class, British competitor Rob Riches, now living in L.A., dazzled the crowd and walked away a new Muscle Model Pro! Jean-Jacques Barett and Francois Beauregard rounded out the event placing 2nd and 3rd.
Linda Delormier's sensational physique earned her a Pro Card in the Muscle Model female category. Following close behind her were Brigitte Lehoux placing 2nd and Jacynthe Anctil placing 3rd.
Men Fitness Model Division:
The fitness model category was very interesting and very competitive. In the men's Open division Jesse LeBlanc took 1st place. Jesse stepped onto the stage with his father Denis who competed in the same category.
It was Jesse's father who brought up the idea of competing together and we can see where Jesse got his great genetics. Coming in a close 2nd place was Matthew Elliott and 3rd place went to Felix Daigle.
Advanced Men Fitness Models:
The Brit, Rob Riches, also competed in the Advanced Fitness Model division which he won and for which he also earned his new Pro Card in the Fitness Model category!
Women's Open & Advanced Fitness Model Division
Allison Pullen won the Masters Fitness Model. In 2nd place was Aimee Devlin followed by Linda Delormier who took 3rd place. Isabelle Rochon won the Open Female Fitness Model division followed by Katy Dupuis who placed 2nd and Aimee Devlin who placed 3rd.
Luciana Pursell won the Advanced Female Fitness Model. Chantal Brazean took 2nd place in this class followed by Genevieve Rene who placed 3rd. For her win, Luciana earned her Pro Card in the Fitness Model category.
The audience viewed a spectacular pairs routine performed by Montreal trainer and bodybuilder Yannik Morin and new Figure Pro Valerie David. The sexy routine choreographed to the Broadway show "Chicago" had everyone amazed at what can result from true teamwork and creativity.
In the Bikini division, it was Stacy Paquin who took top honors, with Nadja Scantaburlo placing 2nd and Luciana Purcell placing 3rd.
Guest Poser Larry Vinette:
Rounding out the show was WNSO Muscle Pro
Larry Vinette who was invited to guest pose. Larry hit the stage to perform a 3 minute who was so pumped up and energized that he jumped into the audience twice as he walked up the aisles so everyone could get a closer look at his amazing physique!
Shortly after Larry finished his routine, awards were handed out by all the FAME Pros who were in attendance and helping with the show. A big success, the FAME East show provided a stage to a cast of great athletes who entertained a large and enthusiastic crowd of spectators.
Kudos go out to the show's organizer Mike Clement and to the entire FAME staff who worked so hard to promote and stage this event. We at www.NorthAmericanBodies.com look forward to returning to this show next year (check www.wowFAME.com for more information)!