The Ben Weider Legacy Cup Toronto (October, 21st) open to athletes from México, USA and Canada; will be another “event of the year“.
First edition, in 2016, was celebrated in Edmonton and now will be moved to Toronto. The IFBB would like to see this contest continue to grow in Canada, therefore positioning this event in the most populated city in Canada and neighboring the USA will ensure the largest participation. Ontario is the most populated province in Canada with over 3,000 IFBB members and 26 sanctioned events. Its provincial neighbor -Quebec- is the second most populated province and has a reputation for great numbers of IFBB members and competitors. This along with the other eight great supporting provinces makes Canada one of the most popular bodybuilding and fitness countries in the World. Our southern neighbors -USA-, home of “The Olympia” and “The Arnolds“, have the largest IFBB presence in the world with thousands of amateur competitors, many are only a few hours’ drive to the venue which makes it easier for our NPC friends to attend.
The Ben Weider Legacy Cup Toronto will be an extremely competitive contest with the complete support from the NPC, the Mexican Federation (FMFF) and the Canadian Federation (CBBF). Top 5 from the 2016 CBBF Nationals and World Qualifier, plus Top 15 from the 2017 CBBF Nationals and 2017 World Qualifier has made this contest truly accessible to National Canadian athletes, thanks to the support and help of Georgina Dunnington, President of the CBBF. The President of NPC, Jim Manion has also made it easy for current NPC members by allowing, for this year only, competitors to compete provided they are current NPC members and have competed in a 2017 sanctioned NPC event .
The incentive of 12 IFBB Pro Cards to be handed out that weekend is the icing on the cake. The IFBB has given this event special privileges for this event, because Canada is the original home of Ben and Joe Weider, they are allowing 2 Pro Cards for each category of Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Bikini, and Figure. Winners in the Open, Masters and Grand Masters classes will be in the Overall battling it out for two Pro Cards in each of the above categories. Even more exciting, for the first time, there will be two Pro Cards handed out for Classic Bodybuilding.
Ben and Joe Weider, the co-founders of the IFBB, were born in Montreal, which makes this competition extra special for the IFBB community. Now, promoters Will Dabish (USA), -founder of Powerhouse Gym- and Ron Hache, -president of the Ontario Physique Association-; they both are committed in the production of such a prestigious event. Beside, what makes this contest also special is the invitation sent to both IFBB President –Dr. Rafael Santonja-, and NPC & IFBB Pro League President –Mr. Jim Manion-, who both plan to attend.