Ashleigh scores in body building
Dannevirke body builder second nationally after a few months training
When you only started body building seriously in April, gaining second place for Shape in the National Championships in late October is an achievement for Ashleigh Borlase of Dannevirke.
On September 30 she competed in her first event at the NABBA Body Building Wellington Championships. She was nervous, as the first contestant on stage at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre.
Ashleigh, 22, chose Shape for her first attempt and placed second in a field of nine.
This qualified her to compete in the National Amateur Body Building Association National Competition (NABBA) in Palmerston North on October 21. She was much more at ease in this event, even though she was up against 12 other top contestants and she placed second.
She said the whole atmosphere was very friendly and the women were supportive of one another. The next day another type of reality hit when she helped her dad mark cows.
Daughter of Gillian and Peter Borlase, Ashleigh attended Ruahine School, moving to Woodford House and then Napier Girls High School.
She worked on the family dairy farm and eight months on a large cattle station near Mackay in Queensland. She had always been keen on fitness, joining Activate Gym in 2014, and now works there.
In April she took up body building and has been training an hour a day five days a week where she says owner Erana Peeti-Webber and her staff have been supportive. She travelled every fortnight to Palmerston North to learn stage performance.
Ashleigh plans to enter the Bikini category next year.
Ashleigh strikes a pose during the National Body Building event in Palmerston North.