TWO remarkable, dedicated and inspirational ladies competed at the PCA Australian Open in Newcastle on Saturday.
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Heidi Rhodes of Corlette competed in the Bikini category and Rebecca Humphries of Taree competed in the Ladies Figure category.
Heidi, a busy mum of three, had to rethink her schedule and figure out how and where she could fit her training into family life, so whilst most of us are snuggled up in bed at 4.20am, Heidi is off to the gym for her daily workout.
Heidi said, “I wanted to be the best version of myself and the first change had to come from within, which involved my way of thinking and finding a way to put me first, being a mum, this was a tough change to make, I was determined to show not just myself, but my children that if you really want to achieve something, you find a way.”
When asked about motivation, Heidi told News Of The Area, “My three boys, I want to set a good example for them to have self-discipline and respect, to set goals and to go get them.”
Rebecca Humphries, has regular coaching with personal trainer Joy Flint either via skype or at PT Fitness.
At the age of 39 (six years ago), Rebecca was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and although not a stranger to competing, decided she would challenge herself to see if she could again make it to stage.
Rebecca told News Of The Area, “As well as wanting to remain in good health, it has been proven that leading an active lifestyle slows the progression of Parkinson’s; I know myself if I get sick or ease off regular exercise my symptoms get worse.”
Rebecca and Heidi share the following sentiments regarding change, “For those about to embark on a lifestyle change our advice is, don’t let anything hold you back, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Its starts with just one step in the right direction, moving more and making healthier food choices that can change your life”.
By Mandy ELLIS