IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY COMPETITORS!
Dear 2014 All Female Classic Competitor,
Congratulations to each and every one! You have more than smashed last year’s AFC contest record of 199 competitors by going well over 300 entries this year! The INBA is driven to make the event we created, the ALL FEMALE CLASSIC, an experience you cannot get anywhere else and no amount of money could buy.
So, it’s an understatement to say we hope you are all ready for one, massive pumped up show! Just to be part of the Event on Sunday will be thrilling. The crowd and atmosphere will be electrified watching 320 female bodies displaying their months of preparation, costumes, dieting and training. This event will always be the one that sticks in your mind and in the years to come, you will look fondly back upon.
We hope as many of your followers, friends and family can make it to this special life event. Please ask them to arrive at least 60 minutes before your estimated stage time.
We will also post on our Facebook page and updated Running Sheet and times during Saturday. Remember, times are still estimated and work as a guide so you can judge how fast or slow the show is running and adjust your preparation. (We don’t run the show according to these times.)
In this document I will outline a few things I can think of which should give you a better understanding of how we are going to get through this record breaking day together!
CHECK-IN – 2 Hours prior to your estimated stage time.
When you arrive on contest day, go to the backstage area and check-in. Importantly, we need you to provide your cash payment for your entry fees and media ordered in an envelope (no credit card facilities available but in the foyer on the ground floor is an ATM to withdraw money). On the envelope please provide the following details:
Each division you have entered with your contest number next to it
The total amount enclosed in the envelope – correct amount is appreciated.
Once you hand over your envelope to check in staff they will hand back your contest numbers and ask you to continue along and collect your INBA Gym bag, Competitor Tee Shirt, Box of chocolates and lollies and a Pizza voucher.
NOTE: All Bikini competitors will also be given a special INBA Bracelet to wear onstage. We have several colours to choose from to match your bikini.
TIP: If you are in multiple divisions, wear the 2 or 3 numbers on the same pin on your posing costume all the time. Then you only have the change the number around – less chance of losing numbers. On the back of your number we have written the division also.
BLACK & BLUE
This is an important notice to competitors who are receiving outfits to wear on the day. These are collected from at the Blue & Blue Stand. Usually they set up one hour before the show starts (so come backstage and check-in first) if you are on stage early in the day.
Of course, a big show means lots of competitor. We have brought in extra staging and full studio TV lights! Some divisions will be onstage in 2 lines. Therefore we will place competitors from short to tall, so shortest are in row one and tallest in row two. This makes initial comparison and judging easier. If there are 16 competitors in your division, you will be on stage in 2 lines of 8. In front of both lines will be the ‘judging line’. So each line of competitors will be called forward to this line to that line for judging and comparisons. Also attached for the Model is a diagram of your stage walk. For the purpose of a smooth trophy presentation, at the front of the stage you will also notice numbers, 5 3 1 2 4. This is the Top 5 positions so if you are lucky enough to make the Final 5 when your name is called, simply go and stand on your number and the trophy presenter will come to you!
Be ready to be interviewed before you go onstage, and when you come off. The competitor interviews will be a big part of the event DVD!
WEST END PIZZA
These guys are bringing a portable pizza oven to bake them backstage! I believe there will be several toppings including Calabrese, Capricosa, Garlic cheese and herb, Tandoori chicken, Vegetarian and Margherita. Just take your competitor voucher to them and grab your pizza – after you compete. LOL.
TANNING AT THE VENUE
Incredibly and sadly, competitors at our 2013 Victorian event managed to inflict $20,000 of damage to the venue. Over 100 wall surfaces, curtains and other surfaces needed to be repaired due to contest colour and oil damage. Even the toilets seats needed to be replaced. Therefore we will now spell out the rules about prepping in a 5 star venue – treat it as your own lounge rooms or bathroom.
Prestigious venues such as MVRC are a privilege to compete in – if not treated likewise our events will end up like the rest of the world - in substandard venues. INBA insist your tan be applied prior to arriving at the venue, so only a final ‘touch up’ is required. We discourage the use of transient products like Dream Tan and recommend skin-dye tans like Contest Colour. Competing at this venue has 6 compulsory conditions:
1 Competitors must bring a towel (or similar) to stand on when they are applying any tan/oil.
2 Wear sandals (or similar) at all times backstage until you go on stage.
3 Competitors must be fully clothed before sitting on chairs in the venue.
4 Do not touch or lean on WALLS or columns backstage. If you accidently do please wipe off with “baby wipes” or similar to remove all trace.
5 Do not sit directly on toilets seat if you are tanned.
6 Touch up or oiling is only allowed in the back stage area. Do not tan or oil in the side stage area.
We are using a new judging system which will allow us to provide every competitor individual feedback (will send you details about collecting the feedback next week) in addition to placing the Top 5 Finalists. As a consequence of this new system launching Sunday we can now present trophies without you leaving the stage. So after the judges have finished their work, and while you remain on stage, the compere will ask the Top 5 Finalist to take a 2 steps back from the line-up. All other competitors are Equal 6th and will receive their gold achievement medal (dipped in real 24 karat gold). Once photos are taken you will move off stage. The Top 5 will now be announced. As you hear your name and placing please walk and stand on the number at the front of the stage – the presenters will come to you!
We are doing a significant about of testing on Sunday. After the presentation, winners may be approached by an Official who will take you to the drug testing area. Therefore let friends know you have to come back after the test before you can celebrate! We ask you to come with the official by yourself to speed up the process and reduce the number of people in the drug testing area. Sealed bottled water is supplied in the drug testing area for your hydration. Providing you can provide a sample quickly, the process is fast and we will have you back celebrating and having your photos very quickly!
Please go to INBA VICTORIA facebook page and like us! This is great way to get your information about our shows.
BACKSTAGE AND GETTING ON STAGE
We have 4 wonderful girls who will be getting you ready and taking you to the stage. When it gets near to your division, be prepared backstage and ready to go. The girls will come backstage and ask everyone in the division to assemble together in the backstage area and then walk you to the side of stage. If we can’t find you, we will call your mobile number – so keep your phone on!
Don’t worry about anything! You have made it all the way to contest day and you are now in our hands. We have run events full-time for 23 years. During this time, we have solved every possible problem. In fact, we have 3 solutions for every problem you might have. If something goes wrong for you on Sunday – we’ll fix it. Nothing is a problem for us.
Hopefully we are all set for a great event on Sunday!
See you all very soon!
Tony and the INBA Victorian Team