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.

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