After a year of training and eating clean, I made the decision to compete. Got in contact with Dave and he was more than willing to accommodate me. We met and formulated a plan to get me on stage. Little did I know what goes into Competitive Bodybuilding, but with Dave guiding me I felt confident. September 2016 and the ‘Prep’ began, and come March 2017, I stepped on stage at the IFBB Champions Arise show. I placed fourth and gained so much experience.
Where does one even start from being my being first ever lecture to being my current bodybuilding coach. A huge inspiration to both myself and my family, i hold him with the highest regard away from the lectures and training, he is a wonderful mentor and friend and im very grateful to have him in my life.
In November 2016, I decided I want to make statement. I wanted girls and women out there to have a mentor and a roll-model, Someone who also had the same challenges, the same insecurities and doubts. Someone who they can look up to and know that they are not alone and that it is all possible. I decided it was time to go big, it was time to compete. I got a coach, Dave Shanley. I never realized what a treasure I found, until I heard all the horrible stories about coaches from other girls. Not only did Dave help me become the best version of myself, he was there assisting me 24/7. He always made sure I was healthy, always looking out for me, always supporting me. I couldn’t have asked for a better coach. On 11 March 2017, I did my very first IFBB competition. I placed 5th in bikini fitness. I will continue to compete and I hope to become even better and stronger this year. In total I have lost 20kg and 15% body fat.
The year was 2013 and I had decided to enter the fitness industry. I enrolled to become a certified personal trainer with a reputable training institution. My lecturer for this course would turn out to be a highly educated and experienced person, I’m talking about Dave Shanley. Over the course of this certification, Dave and I started to become friends – although always maintaining the ‘teacher / student’ relationship.