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« on: April 02, 2009, 10:47:47 PM »

2009 REINSTATEMENT CONFIRMED

It was quite the painful dilema on March 17th to publically announce that I would have to cancel the IFBB female bodybuilding division from the 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships' schedule. After the announcement reached the bodybuilding community, a few individuals reached out to me and asked what could be done to bring female bodybuilding back to Tampa in 2010. I simply replied that just that particular division alone budgets out to $12,000 which does not include any costs of the venue, judges, stage set, hotel, advertising, transportation, trophies, etc. and that I would require it by December of 2009 to inform the IFBB office of my 2010 intentions.

Two weeks later, we fast forward to what has miraculously transpired to only a short ten days of effort to raise, collect and dedicate not $12,000 but $17,000 to the IFBB female bodybuilding sponsorship of our Tampa production.

I know what you are thinking, April's Fools, right? As surreal as this seems, this is 100% fact. With IFBB Pro Debbie Bramwell at the helm, siouxcountry.com, photographer John Hawley and approximately twelve individuals plus Ed and Betty Pariso as its supporting cast shot out of the gates by way of paypal to pledge $3,400. Great pace for a December '09 target date! Lo and behold, I wake up on Saturday the 28th to an anonymous email stating that his website community, unrealmuscle.com would contribute the balance of $8,600 and asked would that solidify a 2010 Tampa event? I replied that I would inform Mr. Manion of our intentions and start planning for 2010. Later in the day a second email appears asking if the 2009 female portion could be reinstated since the sponsorship budget was covered so early and also if additional funds were raised if it were possible to be added to the female bodybuilders' prize money? Again, another reply of I will inform Mr. Manion and we will also have to confirm the sponsorship deposits before making a public announcement of that magnitude.

Ladies and gentlemen of our vast and prestigious IFBB and NPC family, I am so honored to report today that the 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships will be intact just as its inaugural season with IFBB open men, IFBB 202 lb. men and IFBB open women bodybuilding in conjunction with the NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships.

After careful discussion with Mr. Manion, his vote of confidence and the strong support from siouxcountry.com and unrealmuscle.com, I decided to reinstate the female portion and bring it back stronger for the athletes and fans alike. We have increased the prize money and added two more places to our contest as such:

1st - $5,000 *
2nd - $3,000 *
3rd - $1,500 *
4th - $1,000
5th - $500

* Olympia qualification

There will also be a best poser award of $500.

This is a true testament to our bodybuilding community supporting its sport of passion without segregation of its forms of disciplines. This is short of being unbelievable, especially in spite of our current economic environment. I cannot speak highly enough of the positive impact that siouxcountry.com & unrealmuscle.com have placed on our entire sport and not just for the love of female bodybuilding but the love of our organization(s). This will set a new precedence of enthusiasm and pride that will hopefully be contagious for all of our IFBB shows, the platform for our champion athletes.

Thank you.
Tim Gardner
www.ifbbtampapro.com
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 04:05:05 AM »

That is wonderful news Tim!! 

Huge thanks to siouxcountry.com and the other sites/supporters who helped make this happen.  It's great to see that kind of support out there.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 10:04:25 PM »

Tim Gardner was on Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Radio this evening.

Replay..................

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/radioarchive.htm

Date: 04/06/09 -  Vinny Galanti's 24-Year Road To The Pros.

Tim's interview starts at 12 minutes into the show.

If you have any interest in competitive female bodybuilding you'll want to listen to the short interview. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 04:42:10 AM »

Tim Gardner was on Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Radio this evening.

Replay..................

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/radioarchive.htm

Date: 04/06/09 -  Vinny Galanti's 24-Year Road To The Pros.

Tim's interview starts at 12 minutes into the show.

If you have any interest in competitive female bodybuilding you'll want to listen to the short interview. Smiley


I'll listen for sure.  Tim rocks!

Thanks, as always, for your continued support Sioux!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 05:02:13 AM »

Thanks, as always, for your continued support Sioux!  Smiley

Thanks for your support Lori. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009, 01:20:09 PM »

Date of show: August 7-8, 2009

Website has been updated................

http://www.ifbbtampapro.com/

Venue...........

http://www.ifbbtampapro.com/venues.htm

Hotel..........

http://www.ifbbtampapro.com/hotel.htm

Countless rave reviews of the inaugural 2008 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships production given by our industry's experts, the athletes, officials, judges, fans and the media such as Flex Magazine, Muscle Mag, Muscular Development and Southern Muscle Plus makes for a winning formula for this show's continued success and sound foundation for years to come. The main sponsors also played an integral role with the contest's notoriety and some major companies have already inquired about becoming more involved on a larger scale for 2009.

Presented by the promotional efforts of Tim Gardner and his BODY*TECH Fitness Emporium staff, along with industry icon title sponsor, Pro Bodybuilding Weekly, "the voice of professional bodybuilding", the 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in conjunction with the NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships will be held on August 7th and 8th at the prestigious Downtown Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall on the banks of the Hillsborough River located near the historic Ybor City district and the Channelside of Tampa Bay. The Grand Hyatt on Tampa Bay incorporating a bodybuilding friendly menu will be the official host hotel for the athletes, judges and attendees and also the venue for the NPC preliminary rounds. This Tampa professional bodybuilding weekend will include a "Meet the IFBB Athletes" media conference on Friday afternoon. Immediately following will be the NPC competition that will kick-off with the preliminary rounds on Friday evening for the NPC bodybuilding, fitness, figure & bikini divisions. The IFBB 202 lb. men bodybuilding, IFBB open women and IFBB open men bodybuilding preliminary rounds will begin on Saturday morning and will lead into Saturday evening's finals that will be followed by a post-contest competitors fan appreciation party at Whiskey Joe's. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Warrick Dunn Foundation onstage during the evening finals.

Tim Gardner and the BODY*TECH staff will proudly strive to make the 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships and the NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships one of the most innovative and entertaining productions on the IFBB and NPC calendar for the competitors and spectators alike. This event will continue to be first rate and all of the athletes will be pampered with red carpet treatment throughout this entire weekend. Niels Andersen sculptured awards, contest apparel and prize monies will be presented to the top IFBB finalists in their respective classes along with Mr. & Ms. Olympia qualifications for the top finishers in the IFBB open divisions. Contest color expert, Jan Tana will be on hand for the athletes as the official tanning team to assist with those finishing touches. Additionally, a plethora of individual recognition will fill the evening finals itinerary to the top IFBB entertainers posing in the open men, women & 202 lb. men divisions with Best Poser Awards respectively. Also, the prestigious Ben Weider Achievement Award will carry on its rich Tampa tradition by being presented to an accomplished individual of our industry

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