Canuck Corner With Natalie Waples #27
Well we are only a month away from Christmas and I cannot believe the 2013 IFBB Pro Figure Season has come to a close! What a great year - 8 fantastic shows, friendships made, new opportunities and I am one fortunate competitor :) I just finished up my season with a 4th place finish at the Brent Jones Kentucky Muscle Pro Figure in Louisville, Kentucky and had an absolutely fabulous weekend. While in Kentucky I participated in two television promotions for the event on a local station, roomed with my Team AZ Pro teammate Alicia Coates (who is a rookie PHENOM and won both the Kentucky and AZ show this month!!!), and took in some of the sights of downtown Louisville. I am always very happy when I come home with a Top 5 finish (and Olympia points) so this show was no different and definitely made me feel triumphant in my 2013 season.
This past month has been an absolute whirlwind! I was selected as the Figure winner in the Tamee Marie Suits Online Voting Contest http://tameemarie.webs.com/ , with an overwhelming show of support and 804 votes in 7 days --- thank you everyone who voted for me! I also participated in the Ontario Physique Association Ottawa Championships on November 2nd, handing out trophies to the Figure winners, and then jetted off to Vancouver for an inaugural shoot with my new title sponsor **announcement coming soon!!!!** The Kentucky Pro was November 8-9th so to say this month has been busy is an absolute understatement. Later this month I am traveling home to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for my contributions to Sports & Fitness - if that isn’t enough to make the parents proud, I don't know what is! :)
So coming up next is of course the Arnold Classic application process for which athletes are invited in the IFBB Pro categories to compete in Columbus, Ohio Feb 27-Mar 1, 2014. This list will be published the week before Christmas and it is always very suspenseful to see if you have been asked to participate. I was fortunate enough to be invited in 2013, so we'll see what happens this year. You never know!
As this blog marks the end of the 2013 season, I want to say a HUGE thank you to my manager JM Manion for all of his support, my Team FMG comrades for being such an amazing group of athletes, my coach Damian Segovia for helping me bring home 5 top 5 finishes this year in 6 regular season shows (and bringing my physique to the next level), my sponsors TM Suits, Popeye's Canada and Titika Activewear, and of course my supports and family. A special mention to my bestie Shannon Lynch for accompanying me to the 2013 Figure Olympia and taking some AMAZING modeling shots which I will be using in promotions throughout 2014. All these people make what I do possible and I cannot thank them enough for their continued support. THANK YOU!!!!!
Have a safe and happy holiday everyone and I will check back in at the end of December!
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