Female Bodybuilding Nationals Review
The event took place in Laval, Quebec in Canada outside
of Montreal on September 3rd, 2005. A very modern city with a strong
European touch due to the architecture and the french language being
the main language spoken in the Quebec province. The finals for this
event had sold out two weeks before.
Even though the number of competitors are decreasing in bodybuilding
here are still good competitors with high quality. In the grand masters
category there was only one competitor, Barbara Stannard. In the masters
category there were 8 competitors and easily Marie Thiebault won her
class. Ellen Partnoy came in second who was much smaller than Thiebault
and was at a disadvantage when compared to the Quebec native. In the
open category the best quality was showcased. Days before at the weigh-ins
it seemed that the event was going to be a very close contest due to
the number of high quality physiques specially in the heavyweight class.
The lightweight category was very close because Ellen Partnoy who had
the best body and symmetry was placed second against the young and charming
Carmen Tocheniuk. In the middleweights there were only 5 competitors,
one of them was Autumn Raby who last year had placed second in the Heavyweights
behind Louise St. Pierre but this year being so close to the Middleweights
she decided to go into that class. Autumn won her class and came in
amazingly conditioned with low body fat levels that any male competitor
would want. Only one IFBB pro card would be awarded in this event
so the competition was tight. The heavyweight class
had veteran competitors such as Pamela Howard, Jody Wald and Colette
Guimond who came back after some years of inactivity. Third place was
given to Zoa Lindsey who came with a very good physique and who seemed
likely to win the class. The booing was heard from the crowd who were
not happy with the judges' decision. In second came Jody Wald who was
competing for her third time at the Nationals. Colette Guimond won the
class regardless of missing part of her shoulder and having a very muscular
body. This confused many people because the IFBB determined a 20% reduction
of muscularity. The missing shoulder affected the symmetry of Colette.
Pam Howard was much softer than before and took 4th place in her class.
There was a competitor who was ignored even though she had one of the
best symmetric physiques, Kim Birtch from Ontario. Kim not only has
the muscle and the symmetry she is also one of the most feminine competitors
in the sport. Kim Birtch has an excellent future and her trainer Rhonda
Lee Quaresma will be working hard for the upcoming nationals in 2006.
Tatiana Anderson also showed a very good physique with good form and
will be one of the competitors to follow.
The event continued until 9pm and the time came to announce
the winner of the priced IFBB pro card. Among the three Carmen Tocheniuk,
Autumn Raby and Colette Guimond were many differences one being very
small, another one ripped and Colette very muscular and vascular. The
winner was announced in French "Madame Autumn Raby" was the
overall winner. Given that the winner was announced in French it took
Autumn a second to realize she had won, the decision was fair because
Autumn Raby had an almost perfect body. When it seemed that the event
had ended the president of the CBBF and some officials whispering to
each other. The result, the CBBF decided they would award another pro
card to another competitor. Colette Guimond was elected because she
had competed many times and it is true she has a physique that would
impress anyone. Colette has a pro physique and deservingly she had to
be elected over Carmen Tocheniuk.
Jody Wald and Kim Birtch