I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and grew up in the city of Moncton, New Brunswick. I graduated from Harrison Trimble High School and continued on to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in a Bachelor of Science Program. After 3 fabulous years, I returned to Maritimes, and completed my Bachelor of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island. I taught high school mathematics, science and ethics to grades 8, 9 and 10 for over 10 years, but in 2010 decided to pursue a career in online/in gym training and nutrition.
I climbed the walls as a child, so my mom put me in gymnastics. In junior high I had discovered cheerleading, and my gymnastic ability became an asset. I participated in cheerleading throughout my elementary and high school educaton, and was recruited for cheerleading by the University of Western Ontario. So I became a Mustang – Go Stangs!
During my second year at Western, I remember the exact moment that I discovered fitness competitions. I was at the Toronto Sky dome (now the Rogers Centre), for a National cheerleading event and there it was – a fitness competition on television. I knew that this was something that I would pursue, but being a working student and participating in a sport is difficult leaving very little time for other endeavours.
After I moved back to the Maritimes, I took a few months off training, and lived the normal university life. After a few undisciplind weeks that turned into months, I had an overwhelming desire to be involved with sport again, and realized that now would be a great time to step into the world of bodybuilding and experience fitness competitions.
I begun to educate myself on fitness through the various fitness magazines that are out there, notably Musclemag and Oxygen Magazine. Very few people had a web site at this time, and the Internet was extremely new. There was no facebook, twitter or even a large use of email at this time. I managed to find out where a local competition was being held, trained and entered. My first show was the Miss Fitness New Brunswick in 1999. It was myself and one other girl who competed, but it set the stage for my future competitions.
I ended up winning the show, and met a man by the name of Gary Bartlett was in the audience and wrote for Musclemag in this column called “Canadian Corner”. To my surprise, my very first show had a highlight in an international publication. Garry is still the representative for the Province of New Brunswick and does photography for various Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (CBBF) Provincial, National and International events.
I thought my experience competing to be pretty cool, so I continued to enter more competitions, and gained more exposure with each show. Highlights of my fitness career up to this point included: Fitness Canada Champion, 3x FAME Fitness Champion, Fitness America National Champion, and Ms. Fitness Canada Runner-up.
After the birth of my son in May of 2006, I felt that it was time to make a switch to the CBBF and eventually off to the International Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB). I was ready for the change, and consider it a lateral move to be able to continue to challenge myself and grow as an athlete.
In the last 4 years of my amateur career, I had placed in the top 3 at all CBBF Nationals events. I was the 2008 Arnold Amateur Fitness Champion, and won my IFBB Pro card at the inaugural fitness event held at the 2009 North American Championships, in Cleveland Ohio. I won my class and the overall. In 2009, I also won the Bodybuilding.com/Ironman magazine Spokes model competition.
Two weeks after winning my IFBB pro card, I competed in the IFBB Atlantic City Fitness Pro event. I am the last “new pro” to do all 4 rounds of competition. (45 sec, one piece, 2 min routine, and two piece)
Since my achieving my IFBB Pro card, I have had the privilege to be invited to the IFBB Arnold Fitness International 4x, the Arnold Classic in Madrid, Spain and the inaugural Arnold Classic in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. I have competed in over 20 Professional shows in 6 years.
I consider the best part of competing is meeting other women who share the same interest in the weight room, and challenging themselves to do new and interesting things. I hold a lot of respect for the other fitness girls who continue to compete year after year.
I have been featured in various publication throughout my fitness career, such as Muscle & Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Musclemag, Ironman magazine, Inside Fitness, Max Sports Mag, Natural Muscle, Fitness Quebec, and various other smaller publications. I have worked as a spokesmodel for infomercials, radio interviews, calendars, television interviews, and booth work at the Arnold and Olympia events such Musclemag, Dream Tan, Muscular Development, Lone Star Nutrition, and Bodybuilding.com. For 8 fabulous years, I represented a major supplement brand as their sole spokesmodel for the company.
I invite you to visit my various videos on my YouTube channel and videos section to see samples of work.
I am not sure how long I will continue to be competing, but 2016 marks the 17th year that I have been competing.
I continue to enjoy the process, the journey and would train, and eat similarly whether I was competing or not.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it” – Maya Angelou