New Zealand Fitness - - FROM THE EDITOR -

down­ing shots of Sambuca! That to me seems bor­ing!

I feel amaz­ing! Since I de­cided to com­pete in Perth in 2008 I have not looked back and I have graced the stage 12 times, com­pet­ing in NABBA / WFF shows, as well as fit­ness mod­el­ling at the New Zealand Fit­ness Expo.

I took three years off from the stage in 2011 un­til now, to fo­cus on other ar­eas in my life, as well as con­cen­trate on train­ing (good ad­vise from a judge).

I re­turned with a much fuller and mus­cu­lar fig­ure win­ning first place in the Tall BSN sports model com­pe­ti­tion at the expo in July, first place and best rou­tine in Christchurch at the Na­tional Ama­teur Body­builders As­so­ci­a­tion (NABBA) / World Fit­ness Fed­er­a­tion (WFF) and the Na­tion­als in Auck­land.

Last year was a pretty amaz­ing year for me, both on the stage as well as land­ing the per­fect ca­reer!

One of my many goals and dreams since com­pet­ing was to com­pete on the world stage. It felt like just a dream and I never thought it would ever hap­pen. But I was ex­tremely lucky to rep­re­sent New Zealand, thanks to Alex and Leanne Si­mays who took 23 amaz­ing ath­letes over to the Gold Coast WFF World stage in Novem­ber. I placed sixth in Miss Ath­letic. I was and still am very hum­ble and grate­ful for this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity.

My next goal is to com­pete in the Arnold’s sports model search in Mel­bourne, fol­lowed by fly­ing to Sydney for the Lee Priest Clas­sic show a week later for the fig­ure class, but this all de­pends on fi­nance. Body­build­ing isn’t a cheap sport and go­ing in­ter­na­tional costs! I am not a spon­sored ath­lete, so I do my com­pet­ing, like many, by saving hard and making sac­ri­fices. I will most cer­tainly be com­pet­ing this year in New Zealand. With the right sup­port and fo­cus I know I can do this!

Di­et­ing started over Christ­mas and the train­ing con­tin­ues. No treats for me, but this is the life I choose and I wouldn’t change it for the old back­pack­ing days – those days are over!

Dream, be­lieve, achieve.

Louise took three years off from the stage in 2011 un­til now, to fo­cus on other ar­eas of her life, as well as train­ing.

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