I entered the British Federation of Natural Bodybuilding (BNBF) Southern on the 29th June this year under the guidance of the super trainer and coach Mr Nick Openshaw, who is also a competitive athlete himself. I didn't place at the Southern but felt I looked tip top, but my legs came in too skinny again.
I then entered the BNBF Welsh on the 12th July in which I placed 3rd. I obtained my goal for the year... my trophy!!!
My next goal was to try a UKBFF Bikini competition. I worked under the umbrella of Physiques Training at Cheetahs Gym. Tony Naddeo oversaw my training and Dede Dean controlled my nutrition. The Cheetahs Physiques team also attended the Panthers Gym ‘show ready’ workshops which were very informative and run by judges from the UKBFF Federation.
I also went to visit the amazing Nina Simone Ross (IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete Bikini Pro - www.ninarossfitness.co.uk or info@ninarossfitness and Myprotien Ambassador) for 1-1 pose sessions and a group workshop in Wilmslow. She is an extremely knowledgable coach, for training and posing but also a lovely person.
I placed 8th in the UKBFF bikini Kent Klassic comp on the 24th August. I was on stage with girls young enough to be my daughers!! Yes, tough competition but I still held my own up there and looked fabulous. Sadly I didn’t achieve my goal, which was to be invited to the British Championships in October.
I decided, after talking to my trainer and nutrition coach, that I would enter the UKBFF bikini Birmingham qualifier on the 7th September to see if I could attain my goal.
Make-up and Hair Styling
Make up artist Andrew Keenly applied another beautiful layer of stage make up for me. Andrew is freelance and available for stage productions, fitness, figure, bodybuilding and bikini competition make up. He is also available for weddings, proms and make up for special occasions. He has a brilliant understanding of how to merge the make up effectively into tan. He is thorough and very professional. He even writes a ‘what to do’ list just incase the make up needs touching up – but to be honest his make up is flawless and I never need to either contact him or retouch it even when the make up is applied the night before the show.
Toni Shand helped style my hair. She is a specialist in hair extensions and created a fantastic long straight head of hair for the stage. Thank you Toni.