Sculpt­ing a goal: Sheree Pal­tridge flexes mus­cles on world stage

Meet High­fields lady Sheree Pal­tridge who re­cently rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in Las Ve­gas for body sculpt­ing

Highfields' Own - - FRONT PAGE - BY CLARE STANDFAST

High­fields lady Sheree Pal­tridge is a mother-of-three, wife, per­sonal trainer and lover of fit­ness — from a ca­reer as a full-time travel con­sul­tant to an in­ter­na­tional fig­ure and body sculpt­ing com­peti­tor, she has in­spired and en­cour­aged peo­ple across the globe.

Sheree re­cently re­turned from rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia on the world stage at the Fit­ness Amer­ica Week­end in Las Ve­gas on Novem­ber 19, 2016, where she placed fifth in Ms Physique Amer­ica and sev­enth for Ms Fig­ure In­ter­na­tional.

“I am still strug­gling to be­lieve how my ‘out of my com­fort zone’ fit­ness goal has be­come a dream come true and I have walked away with the ul­ti­mate dream re­sult as I con­tinue on this sur­real wave of suc­cess,” Sheree says.

Her taste for a healthy lifestyle had al­ways been rife, but Sheree only be­gan her fit­ness jour­ney in 1996 when she took out third place in a team event at the Queens­land Aer­o­bic Cham­pi­onships.

Af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion Sheree de­cided to make fit­ness a part of ca­reer — she took on a sec­ond part-time job as a group fit­ness in­struc­tor be­hind her po­si­tion as a full-time travel con­sul­tant in Bris­bane city.

“I can still re­mem­ber my thoughts at the age of 19 that I would hold onto this job as it would be great to have if I have chil­dren to keep me in­spired with my fit­ness,” Sheree says.

In 2009 Sheree moved to the Sun­shine Coast from Bris­bane with two daugh­ters and hus­band, and had her third daugh­ter, who is now six-years-old. Her fit­ness jour­ney, how­ever, has not al­ways been easy. At 20 weeks preg­nant she suf­fered from sym­ph­ysis sep­a­ra­tion of the ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles, where she strug­gled to walk 20 me­tres to the mail­box at a very slow pace.

This slowed Sheree down, and it was three months af­ter giv­ing birth that she was able to at­tempt a 20-minute run.

She had heard of a five kilo­me­tre fun run hap­pen­ing around the cor­ner from her home, and with the safety net of be­ing able to walk if it be­came too far, Sheree de­cided to par­tic­i­pate. It was here that her love of long-dis­tance run­ning was born. “It made me feel free as a bird — that I was fly­ing — as I had my shoes on and [I could] go!” Sheree says.

“No child, nap­pies, food or pram to take, just me and my shoes on.”

As a mother-of-three — not to men­tion a new­born — Sheree was in­spir­ing oth­ers around her, train­ing for half marathons and main­tain­ing im­pec­ca­ble fit­ness stan­dards.

Within 18 months Sheree had com­peted in five half marathons with a per­sonal best time of one hour and 49 min­utes.

In 2012 Sheree and her fam­ily moved to High­fields, where she be­gan teach­ing a Body Pump class each week to meet new peo­ple.

She has now been teach­ing group fit­ness classes for four years at the High­fields Fit­ness and Recre­ation Cen­tre, how­ever she chose to fur­ther her ca­reer by study­ing a Cer­tifi­cate Four in Per­sonal Train­ing.

It was Novem­ber 2015 that Sheree de­cided to start walk­ing the path to­ward her body sculpt­ing dream.

Sheree be­lieved that tak­ing on her new goal would al­low her to ex­pe­ri­ence the same feel­ing that many of her clients went through when they ap­proached her for per­sonal train­ing to be­come fit­ter or lose weight — she could now re­late to those that were out of their com­fort zone, and where tak­ing big steps in their lives to change them­selves.

Sheree ex­plains that her fit­ness jour­ney has re­ally em­bed­ded and taught her how strict and dis­ci­plined you need to be with your nu­tri­tion and train­ing to make a real dif­fer­ence to your physique.

“It has been a chal­lenge as a mother of three daugh­ters to fit my train­ing ses­sions in, how­ever this is when it be­came a pos­i­tive change for my­self as a mother and wife as I com­menced my heavy weight train­ing with my hus­band, Ian Pal­tridge who has helped sup­port me and get out of bed four morn­ings a week at 5am to train,” Sheree says.

“I thought, this is a win-win sit­u­a­tion as I was striv­ing to­wards a goal and also help­ing my hus­band to stay fit train­ing with me.

“I also be­came a good role model to my daugh­ters with healthy eat­ing and ex­er­cis­ing most days.”

At her first com­pe­ti­tion Sheree had four first place wins, and af­ter that she en­tered in two more com­pe­ti­tions, where she gained

‘ I am still strug­gling to be­lieve how my ‘out of my com­fort zone’ fit­ness goal has be­come a dream come true and I have walked away with the ul­ti­mate dream re­sult as I con­tinue , on this sur­real wave of suc­cess. — SHEREE PAL­TRIDGE

huge suc­cess, qual­i­fy­ing for and re­ceiv­ing sec­ond place in Pro-league.

Her time com­pet­ing in body sculpt­ing, par­tic­u­larly her time on the world stage, Sheree is nos­tal­gic.

“I now en­joy look­ing at the photos from the event [Fit­ness Amer­ica Week­end, Las Ve­gas] — it still all seems sur­real, as if the per­son in the photo is some­one else and not me,” Sheree says.

Sheree is cur­rently teach­ing group fit­ness classes at the High­fields Fit­ness and Recre­ation Cen­tre for Les Mills Body Pump/balance/step, Pi­lates, Barre and Mat-work, per­sonal train­ing and some small group ses­sions.

With some com­pe­ti­tion prepa­ra­tion coach­ing and mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing hap­pen­ing as well, Sheree has a lot to give — and a lot to look for­ward to — in 2017.

PHOTO: DAR­REN BURNS PHYSIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheree Pal­tridge at her first com­pe­ti­tion, the INBA Queens­land Bris­bane Clas­sic, in May 2016.

PHOTO: DAR­REN BURNS PHYSIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheree took out first place in ev­ery cat­e­gory she went on stage for in her first com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Sheree com­pet­ing at the Fit­ness Amer­ica Week­end in Las Ve­gas in Novem­ber 2016.

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