CHAMPION PROFILE: Robert Belisle

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Robert Belisle is a Professional Bodybuilder (IFBB Pro) with experience competing in the 212 and open class Pro shows, including the famous Joe Weider Olympia. At almost 50 years old, Robert has spent half of his life heavily involved in the sport. In addition to competing for over 25 years, he has helped train and motivate many other athletes. He places a strong emphasis on team building and mutual respect in the sport.

Robert with his daughter Calli.

Robert with his daughter Calli.

The Gift

As a well-known Professional Bodybuilder, Robert often attends amateur shows as a “guest poser” for entertainment midway through the event. He has guest posed for numerous local shows over the years, and was again honoured to be asked this year to guest pose for an event held by the Alberta Bodybuilding Association.

In lieu of payment, Robert asked the Association to donate his $2,000 fee to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities.

Motivation

As a young child, Robert suffered being bullied – a lot. After years of harassment, he made the decision to take charge of his life, go to the gym and get strong. Although working out started as a way of fighting back, it soon turned into a lifelong passion for bodybuilding, giving him the strength and confidence to stand up to bullying without fighting.

As a professional body builder, Robert has worked hard to gain strength and stand up for his beliefs, and to inspire others to do so as well.

As a professional body builder, Robert has worked hard to gain strength and stand up for his beliefs, and to inspire others to do so as well.

Unfortunately, there remains a lot of adult bullying within the bodybuilding industry; however, Robert continues to take a stand. After his most recent performance, he made a speech asking everyone to be kind to one another and support their fellow athletes. His closing line was: “It starts with the adults. We need to be role models so that this bullying STOPS.”

He donated the proceeds from his performance to Safe and Caring because he recognizes the great need for education and support around the topic of bullying. Robert wants to “give back to the community” and help other children and youth feel safe and included in their schools.

More About Robert

Other charitable organizations that Robert has donated to include the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, as well as the Edmonton Family Violence Centre. He and his wife Asha also actively support the Alberta Bodybuilding Association, a not-for-profit organization that hosts amateur-level shows throughout the year to help emerging athletes qualify to compete at a National Level.

Goofing around on Halloween with Calli.

Goofing around on Halloween with Calli.

Thank you Robert Belisle for your generous support of the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities!

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