November 25, 2015
In her first ever body-building event, Coonabarabran girl, Meagan Weatherall, collected silver at the Muscle and Model Supershow, held in Sydney on Sunday, 18 October.
Competing in the bikini division, Meagan’s strong result means she has qualified for next year’s World Championships in Hungary.
“Because I really am new to this sport, when I messaged my coach and he told me I had qualified for the next level, I almost fell off my chair,” Meagan said.
“I didn’t expect any of this at all – it’s just really something I enjoy doing.
“It has also been lovely how many people have congratulated me and wanted to talk about it.”
Meagan’s journey began a year ago.
Landing back in Australia after 13 months exploring distant shores, she felt tired and unhealthy.
“I had no self-confidence and just wanted to hide,” Meagan said.
“I tried many times to lose the travelling pounds, but just could not stick with anything and it would pile back on.
“It was getting worse and affecting my mood considerably.”
Meagan’s world was turned upside down when she was introduced to the world of body building and fitness modelling by friends, Ebbony Bradford and Matt Turner.
Suddenly, the idea of an early morning workout and quick exercise session in the evening became reality.
Meagan said the healthy routine became addictive.
Although it took her four months to pluck up the courage to join a physique preparation team, she overcame her fears to become a part of Flexr6, coached by Ken Ross.
“I was worried I just would not have the mental toughness to be able to stick it out and do everything I needed to do,” she said.
“I had so many doubts along the way and so many times I wanted to give up, thinking I just didn’t have what it would take.
“But every minute was worth it because I was starting to feel better about myself, have more energy, increase my endurance and deal with stress better.”
Despite her initial hesitations, Meagan said the experience had boosted her confidence.
“This has been so much more than a fitness modelling competition because it has shown me that I need to step out of my comfort zone in order to achieve what I want to do.
“It has revitalised my determination and now I can get so many more things done in my day because I need to be organised to get training in and my food organised.
“I feel full of energy, strong and blissfully happy and for that I am so grateful.”
Coonabarabran’s Meagan Weatherall (pictured second from right), qualified for the World Championships after placing second in the bikini division of the Muscle and Model Supershow in October.
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