Labrador woman hopes to turn love of bodybuilding into professional career
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Kayla Nolan in Winnipeg during her National competition.
Kayla Nolan of Happy Valley-Goose Bay never thought that she would become involved in fitness competitions. But now, after appearing in two amateur bodybuilding competitions, she said she would like to turn pro someday.
Her rise in the world of fitness and bodybuilding came last year, when she competed in the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Bodybuilding Association competition, in St. John's.
For Nolan, who was 23 at the time, it was her first ever show. Kayla had only began training when Collin Baikie, who used to be involved in bodybuilding himself, encouraged her and told her she had potential.
"I'd been after Kayla to compete for the last two years because I knew she had potential," said Baikie back in 2012. "She had a good physique...she works really hard."
With this being her first ever show, Kayla had a bit of stage fright at the NLABA competition.
"My heart was pounding. I was just like 'Oh my God, this is crazy, this is crazy!'" recalled Nolan.
But, if she did feel nervous on stage, the judges apparently didn't take notice. Kayla came first place in the Bikini Short Division, earning her a spot at the IFBB International Events Qualifier, held April 27, 2013, in Winnipeg.
"I felt very honored to have earned a spot on a national stage especially just after my very first competition. People train for years trying to get to a national level," says Kayla.
In Winnipeg, Kayla came 10 out of 14 competitors in Bikini Short, which is quite good, considering this was her second ever show. But Kayla was hoping to have placed better.
"As for the results, I was a little disappointed because I never placed in the top six, but once I spoke to the NLABA members they made me feel very honored to have earned my place and that I deserved where I was in my level of competition - 'Kayla, this is your second show. You should be very proud of yourself! Keep working hard and never give up!' - so I took that advice and was grateful to have a spot at a national level."
Kayla is now training for her next competition, which will take place in April 2014. But competing in two shows has now boosted her confidence.
"I wasn't as nervous for nationals because I knew what to expect on stage but as for competing I was terrified to compete with the top athletes across the country, it was a mental challenge for sure," he said.
"Trying to stay focused and keep working hard was my goal and to maintain my grades in school."