Truckie proud of national placing
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.
Third from the left is Katanning’s Julie Gooch.