Victory for young Lindisfarne bodybuilder

LINDISFARNE local Romi Blake-Waller will be jetting off to Victoria this month to compete in the ICN Body Building Australian Titles.

The 17-year-old is eligible to compete in the national titles following her recent success at the Tasmanian event, where she took out the titles of Ms Swimsuit Open and Overall, Ms Bikini Open and Overall, Ms Sports Model Novice and Ms Sports Model Open and Overall.

The drug-free bodybuilding and sculpting event was held in Launceston in mid-September and saw Ms Blake-Waller go up against 200 entrants aged from 17 to 60-years-old.

Ms Blake-Waller said she was “very surprised and humbled” by how well she did in the state event.

“I cried when I found out,” she said.

“I didn’t expect to win or even place, I just wanted to compete to showcase all my hard work and dedication.

“There were a lot of amazing bodies that I had to share the stage with and every one of those women had put in the hard yards.

“We were all up there for different personal reasons and every one of those bodies has a story behind their motivation.

“I wanted to show that you can bounce back from anything, as well as prove to myself that I can achieve anything if I have the passion and dedication.

“I was a lot younger then all the other competitors – who were all amazing and beautiful athletes – and this success has encouraged me to continue to strive to be the best I can be.”

Ms Blake-Waller said it was the discipline needed to compete in the sport that she most enjoyed.

“I also love meeting and surrounding myself with people who are like-minded, people who are interested in being in the gym, being a competitor or bodybuilder,” she said.

“I enjoy the challenges and knowing that everyday I am getting closer to what I am working for.

“For me, it’s not just about winning, it’s about the progress and bettering myself, moving toward a goal and knowing that after every workout I have put my heart and soul into it.

“Although I am fairly new to the sport, I am learning heaps from my amazing coach James Roach.”

Ms Blake-Waller said she was looking forward to competing in the national competition.

“I’m going to give it all I’ve got and who knows where that road may end,” she said.

“If it ends in Victoria, then my journey there was an amazingly successful one and I am so proud of what I have achieved.

“But this won’t be the end for me – I have had a taste of self-pride and I want more.”

Caption: Romi Blake-Waller, of Lindisfarne, has taken out four titles at the recent ICN Body Building Tasmanian Titles.