Duo named chal­lenge cham­pi­ons

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

A 5am start and a four-hour drive paid off for two Mata­mata women af­ter they took out top hon­ours at the NABBA East Coast Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Janelle Burn­side was named win­ner of the fit­ness model class and Jan Peters was win­ner of the 40-plus fig­ure sec­tion at last Satur­day’s event in Gis­borne.

The pair train at Evolve Fit­ness Mata­mata and are rel­a­tively new to the com­pet­i­tive sport. ‘‘It’s my first gold medal,’’ said Jan. ‘‘It’s taken me nearly 50 years to get one.’’

The wins mean they qual­ify to com­pete in the national com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land in Oc­to­ber – with the event fall­ing on Jan’s 50th birth­day.

Fit­ness is a huge part of the New World em­ployee’s life – she spent years as an aer­o­bics in­struc­tor be­fore she was struck down with a chronic au­toim­mune con­di­tion.

Lu­pus af­fects one in 900 New Zealan­ders and causes the im­mune sys­tem to be­come hy­per­ac­tive and at­tack healthy tis­sue in the body.

Fol­low­ing her di­ag­no­sis, Jan took a 10-year break from the gym, un­til she de­cided to take on the Evolve Fit­ness Chal­lenge.

She now hits the gym seven days a week and three months ago owner Sarah Gold­smith en­cour­aged her to give com­pet­ing a go.

‘‘I thought since I was com­ing up 50 I would give it a shot,’’ she said.

Gis­borne was her sec­ond time com­pet­ing and shar­ing her suc­cess on stage was a ma­jor con­fi­dence boost, she said.

The per­for­mance side of things was also a draw card for Janelle, who has been com­pet­ing for about a year.

The mother-of-two com­petes in the fit­ness sec­tion and has to dis­play out­stand­ing strength, flex­i­bil­ity and en­durance.

This in­cludes per­form­ing a 90-sec­ond fit­ness rou­tine on stage, as well as a ball gown and ex­er­cise gear sec­tion.

‘‘I love be­ing on stage and the theatre side of things,’’ she said.

‘‘I have two kids so I can’t re­ally at­tend night- time re­hearsals or any­thing for theatre so that’s the cool thing about this – I can get on stage and do my train­ing while the kids are at school.’’

There are six ladies from Evolve Fit­ness that are in­volved in the sport and the fit­ness cen­tre will be rep­re­sented in ev­ery sec­tion at the na­tion­als.

‘‘They are an awe­some bunch of said Jan.

‘‘I think that’s what I en­joy the most, ev­ery­one’s pos­i­tive and so sup­port­ive of each other.’’



Proud: Janelle Burn­side and Jan Peters af­ter win­ning their cat­e­gories at the East Coast Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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