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 in 1995 and continued on to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in a Bachelor of Science Program, where I graduated in 1998. 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 personal training and nutrition.
I have been involved in athletics all my life. I climbed the walls as a child, so my mom put me in gymnastics. In junior high I had discovered cheerleading, and my gymnatic ability became an asset. I had 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, 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 leave very little time for other endeavours.
After I moved back to the Maritimes, I took a few months off training and sport, 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 began to educate myself on fitness through the various fitness magazines that are out there, especially 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 the time. But I managed to find out where a local competition was being held, trained and entered. My first show was the Miss Fitness New Brunswick. 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 CBBF National and International shows.
I thought my experience with competition to be pretty cool, and I continued to enter more competitions, 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 Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (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 17 Professional shows in 4 years.
I compete but consider myself to be a huge fan of the girls, competition and the whole bodybuilding world as a whole. 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 participated in infomercials, radio interviews, calendars, television interviews, and booth work at the Arnold and Olympia events. At the Arnold I have worked for Musclemag, Dream Tan, Muscular Development, Lone Star Nutrition, and Bodybuilding.com. I represented a major supplement company as their sole spokesmodel for 8 years, and in 2012 parted ways amicably.
I am not sure how long I will continue to be competing, but 2014 marks the 15th year that I have been competing. I still enjoy the process, the journey and would continue to 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