Big drive

Truckie proud of na­tional plac­ing

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

Katan­ning truck driver Julie Gooch’s jour­ney to a fourth place in a na­tional body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion in­volved months of men­tal and phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion.

Ms Gooch said she was still shocked to have placed fourth in the whole coun­try.

“It was clear that ev­ery­one had worked very hard to look and feel so fan­tas­tic. The vibe was very pos­i­tive,” she said.

“When the judges called my name over the mic, they said that I shouldn’t look so shocked — I re­ally did con­sider my­self to be there sim­ply to learn and make up the num­bers on stage.”

Over the three-day I Com­pete Nat­u­ral com­pe­ti­tion, held in Mel­bourne from Oc­to­ber 13 to 15, Ms Gooch said she was in­spired by the ages and level of fit­ness dis­played by com­peti­tors.

“There were teenage di­vi­sions all the way up to 90-year-old body­builders and all age groups in be­tween,” she said.

“The older cat­e­gories were cer­tainly in­spi­ra­tional as it shows what can be achieved with a healthy life­style and a bit of hard work.”

Ms Gooch has been train­ing for the na­tion­als since her State de­but as a body­builder in Septem­ber, where she placed third.

“It was a men­tal strug­gle to stay on track after the State com­pe­ti­tion, but it was what was re­quired, and I just re­peated to my­self that the goal was just to stay healthy,” she said.

Ms Gooch said if she could make a dif­fer­ence just to one per­son’s life, all the hard work was worth it.

“In­ter­est­ingly, I have had a truck driver ap­proach me al­ready about how to eat well — this is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic as that was my aim in get­ting my­self out there,” she said.

Ms Gooch is now tak­ing a rest be­fore she be­gins train­ing again for next year’s com­pe­ti­tions, still train­ing on and off the road.

Julie Gooch placed fourth in the I Com­pete Nat­u­ral com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­ture: Phil Rae

Third from the left is Katan­ning’s Julie Gooch.

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