Little late but a spectators view of the show. First up. For some awesome photos taken of the show check out here: http://www.facebook.com/SKMPhotography Taken by one of the staff at Fitness Canterbury who does her own photography work. I would be more than happy to pay for shots of that quality taken of me. Nice work Sam. The lineup. Overall excellent quality and it was soooooo nice to see a lot of big boys for a change, including Nate rocking the stage. As Soundsgood said, the overalls were impressive and actually competitive with 6 contesting the overall male. Standouts for me were: Kagan Orton(19?) :shock: , that's a family with some pretty amazing genes and it doesn't hurt that both him and Steve are good down to earth sorts. Kagan certainly got the biggest smile out of me when he stepped on stage. Watching him train in the gym he keeps it all hidden away so it was impressive to see him bust out and to come in the final 3 for the overalls was pretty cool. Lesley and Anette were as ripped as they always are and a real pleasure to watch. Lisa Bailey is my favourite female physique competitor and it's a shame that finding competition for her is so hard as yet again she was the only entry. This was the first time I had seen Hamish (Soundsgood) and jesus, the man's a tank. He manages to pull off looking huge without looking blocky and was pretty damn impressive. If he had been ripped as much as Tom (who's always a leanness freak) he would have been unbeatable. I think he got a bit of a raw deal with lighting for the overalls. With 6 rather large competitors they took up the entire width of the stage. The lighting on the right of the stage was rubbish, seemed like a bulb had gone or something. I would have liked to see him in the final 3 but I guess it's the same old problem of size vs leanness. Richard Parnham took the overall in what must have been a tight decision. The glamor girls were good and there was no doubting that Justine http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justine-Switalla-Sports-Model/128647647159327 was the deserved winner but it was awesome to see Peachy come in a very well deserved 2nd. I have said before I quite like this class but my only complaint is making them speak, I just don't think it is necessary although Peachy's "I have a dream" was good for a laugh :pfft: The athletic men which is usually one of the bigger classes had only 3 competitors (I think...). Maybe the rest heard Tom was coming and decided it wasn't worth the effort. I don't know what his weight limit was but he always looks massive and makes himself extremely wide. He would not look out of place in the physique lineup. Overall a pretty impressive show competitor wise. Oh, small plug for Mel from Fitness Canterbury who won her figure class in her first ever show. Absolutely stunning. The show itself. Started on time and ran from 12 to 5 which was about the right feeling length. The venue was not the best and I suspect it wasn't a first choice but needs must. The sound......it's 3 days later and thinking about this still irritates me. Worst sound ever...bar none. I suspect someone raided my storage boxes to find my cassette walkman from the 80's, chopped one of the ear phones off and ran the whole show through the other. I honestly don't know what happened but it seemed like the source, if it was two channel, was only being outputted with one. Weirdess thing I have ever heard and full credit to the competitors for battling through it. As an example some tracks played minus the vocals and only the background beat playing. It didn't help that the stage was recessed with the speakers at the front facing away so the audience got to hear the awfulness in a distorted loud way while the competitors struggled to hear it. Just to emphasize how big a problem this was, if it had been a lesser lineup I was waiting to see I wouldn't have waited. It's the only negative point I have with an otherwise run well show. Still can't beat the one show format.