Whit­sun­day body­builder wins big in Syd­ney

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Whit­sun­days can lay claim to one of the coun­try’s lead­ing bodybuilders.

Hay­ley Hen­neberry com­peted at the In­ter­na­tional Nat­u­ral Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (INBA) Mus­cle and Model Fit­ness Show in Syd­ney last week­end, bring­ing home wins in the Fig­ure and Fig­ure In­ter­na­tional cat­e­gories be­fore pro­gress­ing to the fi­nals to claim the Over­all Fig­ure Cham­pion.

Re­mark­ably it was the first time the 33-year-old had com­peted in the two cat­e­gories, yet she was still good enough to win and sub­se­quently qual­ify for the INBA South­ern Cross Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne next year.

The Can­non­vale res­i­dent said she was shocked to do so well.

“I was pretty amazed, I couldn’t be­lieve it,” she said.

“I’d only been train­ing for a short amount of time and the com­peti­tors I was up against were phe­nom­e­nal.”

Hen­neberry has been train­ing for two-and-a-half years but only started en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions this year.

Since then she has also tasted suc­cess at the INBA Trop­ics in Townsville, where she won her sec­tion in the Fit­ness Model com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­pet­i­tive body­build­ing isn’t the most common sport and orig­i­nally it wasn’t even Hen­neberry’s first pref­er­ence.

“I had just had my daugh­ter so I had hip and back prob­lems which meant I couldn’t run,” she said.

“I used to do triathlons and marathons but I wanted some­thing less wear­ing on my body.”

Hen­neberry trains six times a week in prepa­ra­tion for com­pe­ti­tion, con­sist­ing of five weight ses­sions and one car­dio work­out.

She says the train­ing is some­thing she rel­ishes but the diet can be chal­leng­ing.

How­ever the sil­ver lin­ing is that fol­low­ing a strict regime has taught her how to cook healthy meals with lit­tle fuss.

Hen­neberry’s sights are now set on next year’s South­ern Cross Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne.

If suc­cess­ful, she could see her­self com­pet­ing at the Elite Pro World Cham­pi­onships in Dubai.

“I’ve got my work cut out for me but I’m work­ing on my con­di­tion­ing to come in strong,” she said.

“That [get­ting to Dubai] would be a dream come true.”

MUS­CLE MODEL: Can­non­vale body­builder Hay­ley Hen­neberry will com­pete in Mel­bourne next year after win­ning sev­eral events at the INBA Mus­cle and Model Fit­ness Show at the week­end.

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