2018 Competitors

CHECK OUT THE 2018 FITNESS MODEL SEARCH COMPETITORS!

The four categories are:

  • Female Fitness Models
  • Male Fitness Models
  • Fit Mums
  • Fit Dads

The competition will be live on the Main Stage! Join us to see who takes out the title in each category.

 

See our great line up of competitors for 2018:

Eljay Anderson

Female Fitness Model 

I am a 28-year-old qualified builder turned personal trainer who owns and runs her own PT and fitness coaching business "Eljay for Fitness". I'm in an "improvement phase" to gain more muscle and curves to be more competitive in the WBFF competition next may. I've entered this fitness model search as not just a way to gain more stage time but also to inspire other woman that you do not need a shredded stage lean condition to have confidence in your body and who you are.

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Felicia Alkin

Fit Mums

I have 22 years’ experience in sports and fitness. I also have 10 years of ballet and was on stage since I was 5 years old doing ballet and later on late on Latin, modern and Romanian folk style. Since 2015 I own a women's Gym in East Auckland. My passion for Fitness and dance is unlimited.

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Akira Asano

Male Fitness Model 

As a first-time competitor, I consider this as one of my many challenges in my life here in New Zealand. My friends and family are my main motivation and inspiration to compete and join this event. I’m here to inspire and be inspired by the people who truly believes that fitness will enhance and trigger life to its fullest extent.

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Rachel Axis

Fit Mums 

I am a Mum to two children aged 6 and 9. My daughter is 6, who is biologically mine and my son is 9 who is my partners son. I am studying a 4-year bachelor of social work and in my third year, as well as Advanced Personal Training at Fit College NZ. I chose to become a PT to incorporate fitness and overall health into my social work practice as I want to work with youth.

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Zakk Bell

Male Fitness Model 

I have been training for a little under 2 years and I strive to continue in future to become a professional athlete who will inspire and motivate others to stay healthy and look after themselves. I have always wanted to compete, through support and motivation from my peers I have decided to it this year.

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Jamie Best

Female Fitness Model

Im a 28 year old business owner, I use to compete in body building style competitions but now I prefer to have a maintainable physique all year without the restrictive lifestyle. I feel much better now about getting on stage as who I am in everyday life. I train because its great for my mental wellbeing as well as being amazing stress relief.

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Georgina Blane

Female Fitness Model 

I am a Mechanical Engineer working for Ossis in Christchurch. I design Custom Orthopaedic Implants, hips mostly, that are then 3D printed in Titanium. I have always been really fit and into playing sport. Myself and a friend started a Women's Weightlifting Club at university to encourage more women to lift weights, this club is still operating today.

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Jamie Blomfield

Female Fitness Model 

When I was younger I was a dance teacher, played rugby for North Harbour, was a competitive snowboarder and studied personal training. Unfortunately, my last snowboarding competition resulted in a knee reconstruction which came with a long recovery. In September I decided to take up powerlifting, I reached my ambitious goal of qualifying for the national NZ powerlifting championships which I will compete in August 2018- super exciting!

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Ashleigh Borlase

Female Fitness Model 

I started going to the gym back in 2014 almost every day I could, I knew I had found my absolute passion. When I see others being active and trying to better themselves for their health and overall wellbeing it brings me so much happiness. I was inspired to enter in the NZFMS 2018 because I would be privileged to be a part of such an empowering and supportive community.

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Amy Brierly

Female Fitness Model

I live a pretty healthy lifestyle after leaving my 'party girl' twenties I changed my focus to health (as opposed to worrying about the number on the scale) and started to see results, I had more energy, was excited to see what my body could do and wanted to help others do the same by inspiring them. I feel like this competition will help stretch myself and inspire others. I've never competed before, and getting up on a stage in-front of everyone will definitely be a fear of mine I'd like to overcome.

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Danny Burt

Fit Dads 

I have been on both sides of the coin with obesity and now the body that I command to be what I want it to be. This year I have been inspired by my wife Mel, I had no intention of doing this show again, but love the team and the vibe you get from doing this show.

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Mel Burt

Fit Mums 

I’m mum to 6 children aged 12-29 and I’m a Nana! My mum had a (non-fatal) heart attack in 2012 so I changed my lifestyle after making a promise to my youngest son I would do everything in my power not to have one too. This lifestyle change has slowly intensified over time and now includes my children and my parents as well as friends and family in NZ and UK.

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Maria Calderon Rodriguez

Female Fitness Model 

I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 years now and have always had a passion for being active and doing my best to live a healthy and balanced life. I am passionate about what I do and have always wanted to give the Fitness Model Search a go and see where it leads to, as I feel it fits well with my values.

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Linda Chen

Fit Mums 

I have never competed in a fitness competition before and when I heard about this Fitness Model Search, I made up my mind to stop making excuses and use this opportunity to get back to eating healthy and getting fit again. This isn't just for myself but also for my son. I want to be a positive role model for him.

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Dee Cleeton

Fit Mums 

I am slowly grinding away doing my best to get back to my pre-pregnancy bod and thought what better way to get there than to lock in a competition. Unlike other competitions, I'm super stoked that the NZ Fitness Model Search has a Fit Mum category to enable us to show the rest of the country we still got it!

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Megan Cotterill

Female Fitness Model 

I have played hockey since a young age and suffered a calf injury this season, which meant I can't play for the rest of the season. So, having to refocus decided to put my effort into gym training and thought the fitness competition would be a great way to keep motivated.

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Suzanne Cox

Fit Mums 

My motto in life is give whatever you want, a go, no matter your age and background. I want to show mothers, that opportunities are endless and goals can be reached. Eat and drink everything in moderation along with a good exercise regime is the key to a successful healthy balanced lifestyle. 

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Hayley Cumming

Fit Mums 

I am a new mum and first-time competitor! I am super excited for the 2018 NZ Fitness Model Search! I am on a mission to inspire other mums to continue to do you. I don't want women to give up after having a baby thinking that you can't continue to do the things that you love - It just takes time, preparation and patience.

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Vinny Dunn

Fit Dads 

I began going to the gym at 16. I began pro wrestling at 24 years old, for IPW. I have wrestled all over the world including through USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and UK. I have entered this competition to help a young boy, his name is Mitchell Fells - He is loyal pro wrestling fan who suffers from MS. I am running a 'Give A Little' page to sponsor his dream of a trip for him to Wrestle Mania in New York.

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Kate Ellison

Female Fitness Model 

Started new career in Personal Fitness Training and Nutrition Coaching. Being healthy and fit myself and being an example for others - that is one of my life goals. Love extreme hiking, road trips, and discovering life as it is.

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Charlotte Fairhurst

Female Fitness Model 

I am a bit of a gym girl as I enjoy the aspect of not only lifting weights which releases my healthy endorphins, it gives me the chance to wind down and socialise with the awesome group of people I have met. I decided to enter the NZ fitness model competition to set my goals higher than I ever have before and step out of my comfort zone.

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Sione Fauonuku

Fit Dads 

I work full time 6days a week and train almost every day of the week. I love training and always pushing myself to a new level. I have a daughter who inspired me to show her how to be a good role model. I think health and fitness is so Therapeutic.

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Preston Feite

Fit Dads 

Just a proud father who has a passion for fashion and fitness. I love to compete as it’s helps me stay focused on something positive and helps with personal development. I’m currently applying the fitness mindset into some business start-ups to help me become my own boss to inspire my daughters to do the same.

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Hope Fischer

Fit Mums 

I started my fitness journey a year and a half a go with the goal to compete in a body sculpting competition, which I achieved on the 4th August 2018 placing 5th against a line-up of beautiful and talented women. My inspiration came from my fiancé James Green, who started me on my fitness journey.

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Gabrielle Fletcher

Female Fitness Model 

I started getting into fitness when I was 13, I started running with my dog to try and strengthen my lungs as I suffer from chronic asthma with scarring on my lungs. After a few months I was hooked, my told me I had to spend 2 years getting fit before I was allowed a gym sub, so I did!

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Emily Jane Goodenough

Female Fitness Model 

I think it's incredibly important to keep setting yourself new challenges in life so that you continue to learn, grow and push your own boundaries. For me that's what 2018 has been all about and the Fitness Model Search seems like another great challenge to work towards.

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Nate Gowan

Male Fitness Model 

I am a local Personal Trainer here in Tauranga and live and breathe gym/fitness. I competed in bodybuilding last year and came 3rd place - and I am 3 weeks out from another show currently.

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James Green

Fit Dads 

I have been training at an advanced level for around a year and a half now and have competed in the NABBA 2018 Mr Body Competition in Tauranga. It was my first competition, which sparked a passion to compete more and to continue to improve my physique.

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Kate Groundwater

Fit Mums

I have currently competed in 2 body building comps, and have a couple more I'd like to compete in this year. When I saw there was a fit mum section I thought it would be the perfect way for me to help get out and show other mums that it can be done.

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Nora Hage

Female Fitness Model 

This year has been the year of trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone. I am training for my first NZIFBB bikini competition in august this year. Saw last year's Fitness model search at the expo and right away was thinking I'd like to try this.

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Tessa Harris

Female Fitness Model 

I have been dancing since the age of 8, I have represented England in the international championships and have danced all around the world. I have also done boxing since I was 14 and did a charity boxing match for the mental health charity mind last year. I am a first-time competitor, but I’m not afraid of putting all my time, commitment and focus into something I love.

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Kurtis Heketoa-King

Male Fitness Model 

I have competed in other body building shows and have recently won the overall title for the Auckland Champs Men's Physique. I am particularly interested in the Fitness Model Search 2018 to promote a healthy lifestyle, particularity for our Polynesians who have a high rate of obesity in New Zealand. Looking great is one thing, but longevity is the main goal

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Marilen Hernandez

Fit Mums 

By joining this competition, I aim to inspire and empower fellow mothers to embrace their femininity and strength and to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. We can be a nurturing mother, a career woman and a loving partner and for us to do all those wonderful things, we also need to love ourselves more.

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Natasha Jones

Fit Mums

I’ve been into fitness for a few years now, Pilates originally after having my boys then once they were at school I joined Jetts Gym in Howick. I love exercise and love being fit. I did my first Nabba Body Building completion and entered the April competition and won the Sports model competition. I entered the Nationals and competed, won sports model for NZ.

Rebecca Jones

Female Fitness Model 

I love to help others who are vulnerable and in need, which is why I pursued a job in nursing. I absolutely love the outdoors and love to keep fit and healthy. To me, this is not just a competition, it is about maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to be healthy.

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Annalise Jose

Female Fitness Model 

I love a combination of different training styles boxing, HIIT, weights and I love a less mills group fitness class. I like to fuel my body with healthy food so I can perform well in the gym and feel great. I thought the NZ fitness model search would be a great challenge both mentally and physically for me to see how I can push myself.

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Simone Jose

Female Fitness Model 

I was inspired to enter this as I love a challenge and want to be able to push myself to new limits and see what my body can achieve. I am addicted to fitness and love the feeling of smashing a sweaty session. I have an identical twin sister who I train with and we push and motivate each other every day to be better

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Deepak Kalra

Male Fitness Model 

I have always been a fitness enthusiast, people call me fitness freak as I was running marathons, doing martial arts, and working out in the gym late nights. Life has pulled me down many times but I have learned not to give up. Here are some powerful words I always remember (Learn to Love yourself that's the only person you are going to spend your whole life) .

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Manaseh Kingi

Female Fitness Model 

One of my goals has always been to do a comp but I’ve never had the courage to do so. But with the support of my Personal Trainer I decided to smash this goal out of the park! To me, fitness and health means to be happy with yourself. To enjoy the life, you’ve been given and ensure “you live life to the full.”

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Megan Laugesen

Fit Mums 

I'm a mother of a beautiful 1-year old Amaiah, she is my rock and my motivation every day! I have been training 5-6 days a week for the past 12 weeks, I'm a first-time competitor so all this is new and I'm really nervous/shy to expose myself.

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Andy Lavu

Fit Dads

Fitness fanatic, bodybuilding novice and married father of 3 boys, loves the beautiful New Zealand outdoors and is sporting dad, who encourages his family to be involved in junior sports and outdoor activities all year round. Advocate in the community for a healthy and fit lifestyle for all men and parents whilst working in the finance industry.

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Jennifer Leaton

Fit Mums

I'm a mum to 2 beautiful daughters ages 6 and 3. I work part time for an upper limb Rehabilitation clinic and currently pursuing my post graduate studies. I am passionate about health and fitness, enjoys outdoors and an active lifestyle, I want be a good role model for my daughters! 

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Robin Leaton

Fit Dads 

My wife competed last year and did well, I was inspired to give it a go this year. A family man with two daughters who keep me fit. I Enjoy family time, hanging with friends and family. Currently Working in the health industry as a Physiotherapist.

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Brenda Lee

Fit Mums 

Previously my focus has been more on running having completed 6 Auckland Half Marathons I decided now was the time to take myself out of my comfort zone and get on the stage. Yes, it's my first time competing but I'm looking forward to pushing myself in a different direction.

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Elle Lim

Female Fitness Model 

Born and bred Aucklander with no background in fitness and health. First time competitor working towards an out their fitness goal to build confidence. Wanting to work on fitness & health to lead a healthy & sustainable lifestyle and to work on becoming stronger both physically and mentally.

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Olivier Lim

Male Fitness Model 

Growing up doing Karate, I've been fairly active my whole life. I've been in and out of the gym for a number of years usually focusing a lot on cardio. Being naturally skinny, it definitely is a mental and physical challenge to be able to get into shape for a competition

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Shannon Lloyd

Female Fitness Model 

I have always been passionate about health and fitness, I play netball at a high level and am currently working as a personal trainer. I’m doing this competition for the first time to challenge myself and have a set goal to work towards.

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Helena Long

Female Fitness Model 

I didn't always have a strong interest in fitness, in fact I used to avoid anything to do with exercise/sporting events. It was only in the last couple of years I found an extreme love for health and fitness. Fitness has given me self-confidence, happiness and a sense of self-worth.

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Michelle Lowery

Fit Mums 

Full time chef, very interested in health and fitness. I love to have goals and have become increasingly interested in health and fitness in the past 2-3 years. I have a goal to work towards becoming the 2018 Fitness Model. Fitness and health have become a huge part of my life since discovering I have a mental illness.

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Bronwyn Mackie

Female Fitness Model 

I’ve entered the competition to put myself out of my comfort zone (massively) and raise awareness about the importance of listening to your own body and discovering and learning what works for yourself as a unique beautiful individual. I want to inspire others to start yoga and live a plant-based diet” as that is my main goal, helping others make a change through a cruelty free lifestyle.

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Sina Martinez

Female Fitness Model 

For me, health and fitness is about having a positive relationship with yourself, exercising, eating a well-balanced diet but not so restrictively that you’re miserable. I love exercising – it’s time out – and I aim to eat healthily (80/20) all year round, not just for a competition. I am so excited that for this competition I can show up as I normally am every day and I don’t need to go through any form of extreme dieting. I hope to inspire others to be the best version of themselves and pursue a healthier balanced lifestyle overall.

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Dawn McCabe

Female Fitness Model 

I have used fitness as a release over the years and I have dropped roughly 52 kg and have only recently started using a PT. I woke up one day and decided I wanted to challenge myself and here I am, 15,000 miles from home and entering a fitness comp!

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Shelly McCallum

Fit Mums 

I have 3 children, ages 5, 3 & 9 Months! I am always working to be my best/better than I was. Shows like this are always a great social experience & because I am goals driven & not so much into the body building scene’ anymore I want to see how I go bringing a more natural look that is more maintainable.

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Roxanne McMagh

Female Fitness Model 

I did the Fitness Model Search last year mainly to see what it was like to be on stage and hopefully inspire people to never give up on their goals, ready or not, give it your all. I had so much fun and gained so much confidence, inspiration and motivation that I am ready to show off an even better version of me.

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Mariana Morrison

Fit Mums 

⚘🎓💪🏋️‍♀️😘✌Former NZ Bachelorette 2017 Academic #PhD Gym #owner & Business #owner Single #Mama too ✌

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Lauren Mudd

Female Fitness Model 

I have a huge passion for Fitness and everything that goes with it. I've trained hard almost every week for at least 3 years (biggest break has been 1 week off at a time), and I am excited to show what I have achieved through absolute and consistent hard-work and dedication.

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Rebecca Mudd

Female Fitness Model

To me a life of health and fitness is a life full of the wealth that you need, to live life to the fullest. The gym brings a healthy mindset, a desirable body, and makes you, both mentally and physically believe, that you are able to tackle anything life throws at you.

Samantha Neale

Female Fitness Model 

I always wanted to promote that I was a natural athlete and being in the NZIBB industry I couldn’t really do this; your Search has given me an opportunity to show you what fit and healthy looks like. I currently train 6-7 days a week, sometimes twice a day, always mixing up my workouts.

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Lauren Old

Female Fitness Model 

I have done a few photo shoots but I have never competed in any competitions. I was very unsure about entering but I enjoy having goals to better my fitness & health. Life always throws obstacles at you but if you are head strong you can achieve anything.

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Shina Pierce

Fit Mums 

I am really passionate when it comes to fitness as I find in the life we live today working out is such a good way to relieve stress & anxiety. I love cooking and trying new healthy foods. I was inspired to enter this as it would take me out of my comfort zone and I’m all about trying or doing things that I’m not normally comfortable with.

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Shannon Porter

Female Fitness Model 

Fitness for me started as a form of therapy and guidance when I was experiencing depression and trouble with body image. There have been phases and stages throughout the process but I am so healthy physically and mentally now, I feel it is time. I manage anxiety daily and try my best to encourage and inspire others.

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Kayla Pretty-Taylor

Fit Mums 

I did the NZ fitness model search last year and came 2nd in the fit mum category. I had so much fun last year and met so many inspirational people who all shared the same passion I just had to enter again. FOMO (fear of missing out) on all the fun! And also, to keep me motivated and to keep inspiring others!

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Stacey Price

Female Fitness Model 

I'm a drag racer and fitness fanatic. I have always enjoyed working out in the gym, road running, going on adventure hikes and now in the last couple of years have branched out into more dance orientated fitness too. I exercise because it makes me feel happy and inspired and keeps me fit for my racing career.

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Alisson Santos

Fit Dads 

My biggest goal in life is to be my child’s inspiration and to inspire others and where possible also help them achieve greatness and true happiness in life through a balanced, sustainable healthy and fitness lifestyle. Getting on board on the fitness expo model search would definitely be a big jump towards achieving those goals.

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Carolyn Scott

Female Fitness Model 

This year is about taking chances and transforming into something I've only dreamed about. this is something I didn't want to take lightly and held off until the start of June to apply for. I believe fitness for me is to see what my body is truly capable of and not letting anyone tell me otherwise.

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Aria Sherwin

Female Fitness Model 

I have never competed before but have a love for health and fitness. I was inspired to do the NZ Fitness Model Search to have a goal to work towards for the year and to challenge my mental and physical strength to see what I am capable of. I am also doing it for the amazing experience!

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Harsimran Jyot Singh

Male Fitness Model

I am a fitness freak. Always love to stay fit and in shape. Working out in the gym is part of my life from the last 5 years. I have competed in Men's physique in August 2018.
Arnold Schwarzengger is my inspiration. And being on stage in IFBB NZ competition motivated me to build good body and help others to stay fit and healthy.

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Ahmed Sooran

Male Fitness Model 

Ever since stepping into the gym I don't just "work out" I push myself to my physical and mental limit. I don't party, I don't drink, I don't take rest days I live for the fitness life style and I won't stop until reach my goals and I want to inspire people to do the same.

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Sophie Spiers

Fit Mums 

2 years ago, I began my weight loss journey. My partner became a personal trainer and, in my mind, I knew I was in no shape to match his profession. This gave me the motivation to change my life and get involved in the health and fitness industry.

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Leith Stanbury

Male Fitness Model 

Only recently have I found my true passion for health and fitness, starting a degree in Sport and Rec at AUT last year. From there I have sprouted, creating new connections and finding my pathway in life - which I know now is in health, sport, fitness and nutrition.

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Joe Thistlethwaite

Male Fitness Model 

I did the Northland Champs in 2016 and came first place in my class. I am dedicated to my physique and the opportunity of becoming New Zealand's next fitness model is what prompted me to do the model search. I want to inspire others to work hard and achieve their physical goals as I have done.

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Michelle Thomas

Fit Mums 

My mum was a fitness instructor when I was young so I was always at the gym watching her take classes and train hence my love for keeping fit and healthy. I have always wanted to take part in a competition but haven't for various reasons. My drive to take part this year is to tick of the things I want to do in life.

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Ben Thomas

Male Fitness Model 

This year after successfully chipping away 10kgs from my body - I have picked up rowing to maintain endurance and conditioning myself through long tenures of being under constant stress. Early wins from corporate regatta has proven fitness work. So, I aim to build up in strength work to best of my abilities without forsaking endurance through persistent training.

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Kourtney Troon

Fit Mums 

After the birth of my son I was overweight and very unhappy; until I discovered weightlifting. I set up my own home gym and after a lot of hard work I have lost 38 kg's! I have entered this contest again this year to meet likeminded people and also to be a positive role model for my kids.

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Sarah Tulkens

Fit Mums 

I have always wanted to do a show or try compete but life is so busy. I want to be a 2018 Wonder Woman (well look like her at least lol) and be able to show other mothers that you don't necessarily need money and time away from the house to get the best out of your body. You just need a good mindset and be resourceful.

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Ayame van Beusekom

Female Fitness Model 

I am inspired to do the Fitness model search as I am not only passionate about my own fitness and health journey, but I also want to share it with others and promote a healthy lifestyle to them. New Zealand has crazy high obesity rates and I want to educate our country to overall become a healthier nation through better food and lifestyle choices.

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Bernie Woodward

Female Fitness Model 

I’ve always been interested in eating well and keeping fit. I’ve been to a gym once in my life! Otherwise I just do what I can at home with my family. I’m the eldest of 6. Plenty of kids to run around after. I’ve never done anything like this before and it scares the sh*t out of me!

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Michael Yu

Male Fitness Model 

It has and always will be my passion to help others make better decisions with their health and fitness. I breathe this. As a coach, I influence and inspire others to never give up so easily when things get tough! As a runner up for the 2017 NZ Fitness Male Model Search, I am here to redeem myself to be titled the champion. Regardless of the outcome, I will continue to influence and inspire cause health and fitness is my lifestyle!

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