The 2023 Vancouver Pro/Am is one of five events taking over the Pro bodybuilding world this weekend. On July 15 in Vancouver, Canada, competitors from the Classic Physique, Men’s Open, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Figure, and Fitness divisions battled for a shot at a Mr. Olympia invitation.
This year, athletes have fewer months and contests where they can qualify for the 2023 Mr. Olympia show. With that in mind, earning an invite has become even more challenging. This year’s Olympia event is slated for Nov. 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, inside the Orange County Convention Center. The respective winners of each division of this weekend’s show will have a shot at taking down the reigning champion of their division.
In the headlining Men’s Open category, Hassan Mostafa returned with a vengeance. He took runner-up twice thus far, first to Iain Valliere at the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow, and then was upset by Phil Clahar at the 2023 Orlando Pro. Another top threat this weekend was Stan de Longeaux, well known as ‘Stanimal.’ He trailed Mostafa in Orlando, so he was hoping to one-up him here today.
2023 Vancouver Pro/Am Winners
Men’s Open: Hassan Mostafa
Classic Physique: John Le
Men’s Physique: Jason Huynh
Bikini: Ashley Kaltwasser
Figure: Gina Palma
Fitness: Sarah Kovach
2023 Vancouver Pro/Am Results
While it was a smaller lineup in Vancouver, athletes came out swinging during prejudging on Saturday. The thickness of Hassan Mostafa‘s back stood out as one of his best weapons. Instead of bringing more condition, Mostafa went for a fuller look in Canada, which seemingly paid off. Mostafa’s last show came in second place at the 2023 Orlando Pro. Meanwhile, ‘Stanimal’s’ last appearance was also at the Orlando Pro, where he trailed behind Hassan in third.
Stan ‘Stanimal’ de Longeaux brought a stellar look and great conditioning, the freaky fullness of Hassan Mostafa sealed the deal in the finals. He is now qualified to compete at the Mr. Olympia show. Meanwhile, Longeaux took second and Nate Spear placed third.
- Winner — Hassan Mostafa
- Second Place — Stan ‘Stanimal’ de Longeaux
- Third Place — Nate Spear
- Fourth Place — Prince Boabang
- Fifth Place — Morgan MacDonald
- Sixth Place — Eiren Gauley
During prejudging, Robert Waterhouse, Dylan Bursey, and John Le were fighting for center stage. Waterhouse’s last event came at the 2020 British Grand Prix in ninth. Bursey, on the other hand, last impressed judges at the 2022 NPC North America Championships where he took first. Le’s last contest was at the 2022 Texas Pro in fourth.
There were plenty of close comparisons, but the capped shoulders and tight waist of John Le earned him the victory. Dylan Bursey walked away as a runner-up in Canada, with Robert Waterhouse and Issac Baier taking third and fourth.
- Winner — John Le
- Second Place — Dylan Bursey
- Third Place — Robert Waterhouse
- Fourth Place — Isaac Baier
- Fifth Place — Adam Beveridge
- Sixth Place — Carl Gauthier
- Seventh Place — Anas Barahmeh
- Eighth Place — Narek Khachatyan
- Ninth Place — Billy Danh
- Tenth Place — Jesse Strand
- Winner — Jason Huynh
- Second Place — Mehdi Kabbadj
- Third Place — Drew Cullen
- Fourth Place — Chevy Phillips
- Fifth Place — Wagner Abreu
- Sixth Place — Patrick Asiedu
- Seventh Place — Xezikiel Afanou
- Eighth Place — Slegfried Ezeuko
- Ninth Place — Chuan-Yu Liu
- Tenth Place — Eric Neal
Jason Huynh had already secured his qualification for the Olympia after his victory at the 2023 Republic of Texas Pro show. This event served as a valuable test run for him in preparation for the Olympia.
Since Huynh was already qualified, no additional qualification was awarded in the division. This would have been disappointing for silver medalist Mehdi Kabbadj, but he had already earned his qualification by winning the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow.
- Winner — Ashley Kaltwasser
- Second Place — Maxine Alexandra Somov
- Third Place — Tianna Weymouth
- Fourth Place — Nikki Kiani
- Fifth Place — Rhoda Allie
- Sixth Place — Kateryna Kauffmann
- Seventh Place — Meggy Martin-Johnson
- Eighth Place — Gina Switzeny
- Ninth Place — Jill E. Humphrey
- Tenth Place — Kristy Ann Keppel
Ashley Kaltwasser, a total legend in the world of bodybuilding, has accomplished something no one else has! She’s now the very first IFBB Pro to win a jaw-dropping 40 pro shows, and guess what? Three of those remarkable victories were just this year, in 2023.
With her impressive track record, she already had a spot secured for the 2023 Olympia without winning another pro show. However, by winning this contest, she ensured that her qualification remains exclusively hers and doesn’t pass down to anyone else. It’s all about holding on to her well-deserved spot! She did it! Ashley pulled off another incredible victory today.
- Winner — Gina Palma
- Second Place — Autumn Cleveland
- Third Place — Dallia Alegria
- Fourth Place — Peyton Dutcher
- Fifth Place — Paige Sabedra
- Sixth Place — Lauren Martin-Stow
- Seventh Place — Rachel Shoemake
Gina Palma had a successful 2023 season. She won the Wasatch Warrior Pro Masters and then secured another victory in Abbotsford. This win in Abbotsford is her first in the Figure category, qualifying her for the Figure Olympia. Additionally, she was already eligible for the Masters Olympia Figure contest, so she gets to compete in both the Masters Olympia and the Figure Olympia. Double the opportunity for Gina!
- Winner — Sarah Kovach
- Second Place — Michelle Fredua-Mensa
- Third Place — Stephanie Jones
- Fourth Place — Jessica Ann Zehr
- Fifth Place — Noeme Champagne-Cloutier
- Sixth Place — Danielle DaCosta
2023 Vancouver Pro/Am Scorecards
FitnessVolt congratulates the winners. We look forward to seeing you shine on the Mr. Olympia stage!