Track and Body­build­ing Go Hand in Hand for Fit­ness Champ!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Last week­end 20-year-old Rocheal Phillip emerged as the women's Bikini Fit­ness Cham­pion in the Saint Lu­cia Am­a­teur Body­build­ing and Fit­ness As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onships. This came just a year af­ter she got into the sport, which she took up to im­prove her fit­ness.

A mem­ber of Morne Stars Athletics Club, Rocheal is orig­i­nally from De Breuil, Choiseul. She spent a year in Eng­land in her mid teens, be­fore re­turn­ing home. She ex­plained how her in­ter­est in body­build­ing de­vel­oped, and the process of tran­si­tion from athletics.

"I al­ways liked see­ing a toned woman," Rocheal said. "And I'm also ad­dicted to fit­ness, so I just de­cided to give it a shot. When I stepped on stage for the first time, my love for that just grew. To me it just flowed from athletics to fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion, one into the next so eas­ily.

"As a long dis­tance run­ner, I was al­ready do­ing a lot of car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tion­ing, and I just added in the weights and body weight train­ing. Plus, be­ing in the gym helped me fo­cus on main­tain­ing a proper diet, which is es­sen­tial for body­build­ing."

Rocheal says she would def­i­nitely ad­vise track and field ath­letes to get into body­build­ing and fit­ness com­pe­ti­tions.

“If you are do­ing athletics and train­ing for fit­ness, you will put more into it,” she ex­plained. “It will boost your love for train­ing and fit­ness. Plus, most track ath­letes al­ready have a great physique!"

Al­though her im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity is pre­par­ing for Septem­ber's Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean (CAC) Cham­pi­onships in Mex­ico, Rocheal says you can look out for her on the road and on the tracks next sea­son.

Fundrais­ing is also a pri­or­ity, as spon­sors are needed to help un­der­write the trip to Mex­ico. But as she har­bours dreams of one day be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional fit­ness com­peti­tor, Rocheal is also ex­cited about link­ing up with her track club in com­ing months.

"Morne Stars is the best club, for so many rea­sons,” she said. “We're ac­tive on so­cial me­dia, and the club mem­bers sup­port each other on and off the track. They've re­ally been there for me. I like the fact that the mem­bers are al­ways train­ing, and it's made up of a group of se­ri­ous ath­letes."

Find out more about Rocheal and her team­mates by fol­low­ing Morne Stars on IG: @ mornes­tars

Morne Stars Ath­lete Rocheal Phillip won the top spot in the women’s fit­ness cat­e­gory at the re­cently held Saint Lu­cia Am­a­teur Body­build­ing and Fit­ness Cham­pi­onships.

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