"Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy"
Coach: Charlie Garforth
Where are you from: Huddersfield
What is your occupation/work? Technical Assistant Planner
When did you start to compete and WHY? I have just finished my first competing season. I have always been into my training and I was inspired by others that compete and social media. It was something that I took an interest in so I thought I would give it a try and I am now working towards my second year of competing as I enjoyed it so much.
Have you done any other sports before? I was in the netball team when I was at school. I played in goal defence that was the position in the team I was best at.
What was the reaction of your friends and family when you decided to compete? A lot of people was happy for me and told me to go for it as we all deserve to try and pursue our dreams don’t we?
Do you remember your first time on stage? I do my first time was only couple of months ago. I was very nervous as expected but exciting at the same time and couldn’t wait to show off all my hard work. It was my time to shine and get my sass on! I placed 5th in my first show at PCA First Timers and an invite to the British Finals. I was so happy not only to be there but to place in my first ever competition, it made me want it even more.
What changed since? After this I had three more shows. After the PCA British Finals I went and competed UKUP Midlands Qualifier where I placed 2nd and 4th and an invite to UKUP British Finals. It has definitely made me a lot more confident and give me that fire in my belly to push even harder to achieve my goals.
Which did you competition you enjoy the most and why? I think I enjoyed my first show PCA First Timers the most as it was all new to me and I went in there with no expectations. I just went there to enjoy the moment of been on stage and show all my hard work off, placing was a bonus and it was definitely a shock. I remember screaming down the phone at my coach I was over the moon, I couldn’t believe what had just happened.
What was / is your biggest success on stage or in personal life ? I think to me my biggest success is how much I have changed my body to get to how I look now. I went from skinny to healthy in just over 9 months. I lost 8.5kg in fat, gained 7.5kg in muscle and nearly 10cm off my waist all naturally.
What do you think girls should know before they will hit the competition stage?
1. Make sure you have done your research competing is very costly. There is a lot of things required to compete like entry fees, membership for each federation, tanning, make up, hair etc. As well as the training, diet and everything in between so it costs a lot of money and takes hard work so make sure it is for you.
2. I would recommend getting a competition prep coach especially if it is your first time . Research who is best for you but again comes at a price most charge per month.
3. Practice practice practice your posing. Stage presence is so important on stage make sure you are 100% confident with your poses. I would recommend getting a posing coach to help you perfect the basic poses first then develop from there.
4. Be prepared to win some and lose some the competition is so fierce but don’t give up if you don’t get where you want at first keep trying. I was lucky to place three times in my first year it doesn’t always happen.
5. Make sure your hair and make up is on point. For most federations it is about the whole package not just how your physique looks.
6. Trust your bikini designer. They know what will suit you. The colour, the style cut you need for the federation you are going for etc. Bikini Mama is one amazing lady you will be in safe hands if you choose her for sure.
Who is your bikini or fitness idol? Now I compete I would say Hattie Boydle and Lauren Simpson. When I first started training I wanted to look like Michelle Lewin.
How was your last prep and how did you manage your diet? It was exciting but also hard at times. I couldn’t of done it without my coach, it takes a bit of the added pressure off you as your coach has a lot of knowledge and experience. Now I know what it’s like I will adapt a lot better.
How often do you practice your posing ? I would say at least 20 minutes everyday, trying to perfect my poses and transitions. Practice in the mirror at first then try without and record yourself as you don’t have a mirror to practice in when on stage.
Your favourite bikini colour? I would say red as I’m blonde but also my favourite colour is purple.
Would you recommend us as bikini designer and why? I would definitely recommend Bikini BKB they are an amazing team. Kat is one amazing lady who has been an angel and made the most amazing bikini ever, can’t wait for her to make me another bikini for next year.
What is your next plans? The plan now is to build muscle for a good few months, then myself and my coach will decide what federation we are going to go for although we have a pretty good idea already. My aim is to improve from my first competing season and bring a better condition to the stage next year.
Do you have any other hobbies outside work and gym? As not so girly as it sounds I watch my local football team Huddersfield Town, I have a season ticket. I also do part time modelling on and off.
Who you would like to say thank you or give a shout out? I would like to say thank you for everyone who has supported me. A thank you to Kat for always making beautiful bikinis. A big thank you to my mum and my coach. My mum has done nothing but supported me throughout my entire prep. She has also been to every one of my competitions with me. I wouldn’t be where I am now without her. My coach has been with me from the beginning when I decided I wanted to compete. He took me under his wing and had the faith in me. He has always believed in me even when I was having bad days and I didn’t even believe in myself.