Bodybuilders take a break 

MARNOO - Marnoo's Tania Walter and Joanna Brown have both enjoyed a well earned rest after competing in the Australian Natural Bodybuilding State Championships.

Ms Brown faced some tough competition in the Short Class Figure category, coming up against a national and two state champions.

"Obviously you don't know who you're going to be up against until the day of the competition. I came fourth, but one of the officials actually came and spoke to me while I was getting my photos taken and said I'd done an awesome job and didn't look out of place at all, which was great to hear."

After having a week off Ms Brown began running again. She said she would continue weight training, but is unsure if she will take to the stage again.

"I will still train, as in bodybuilding, but won't compete again this year. If I do it again, it won't be until next year.

"I'd like to say a really big thank you to my parents and two beautiful daughters who helped me out during the day and have supported me along the way."

Tania Walter competed in the 35 to 45 year old Figure Category at the state championships and she too was surprised at who she was competing against in her division.

"It is usually a popular category so I was very surprised when I found that I was only going up against one other competitor - The sensational champion Bridget Freeman," she said.

"I was very humbled on stage and quite nervous standing next to her in front of 400 people, but I was totally inspired by her shape."

Ms Walter took home the second-placed trophy, while her sole competitor went on to win Overall Champion of the Day.

With 92 entrants competing on the day, the show was running one and a half hours behind time, which Ms Walter said proved difficult.

"Fortunately I had some great people behind me to make the tiring day fun. Trish Kennedy, Carly Walter, Zena Cronin and Tracy Matthews were busy helping me get ready and did a great job.

"It was also comforting to have my family and friends from Fitopia in the audience."

Ms Walter said she had also decided to keep up a weight training program in the future because she admires the strong bodies seen at bodybuilding competitions and loves the clean living that bodybuilding demands, however is undecided if she will compete again.

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