SuppliedRichmond body builder Paula Fearnley won her class in the Southern Hemisphere Body Building Championship held in Australia last month.
Paula Fearnley has had a dream ending to her latest body building season.
The Richmond business-owner and mother-of-three last month won her class, and came second overall, in the World Fitness Federation (WFF) section of the Southern Hemisphere Body Building Championship held on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Fearnley returned home from the contest to find she had also been nominated for the Nelson Sports Awards.
She qualified for the Australian championships after winning the womens' masters title and the women's overall prize at the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association/WFF Grand Prix Bodybuilding Championships in Christchurch in May.
Prior to heading to Australia she had considered competing in the New Zealand nationals later this month.
"But I'm going to do a judging course next year and have a year off to concentrate on the business, the family and give my body a break," she said.
Fearnley cleaned up the Southern Hemisphere WFF women's masters 35-plus class and said the experience was fantastic.
"It was a good feeling and a lovely end to the season. The music was pumping, the crowd was loud, the atmosphere amazing - it was a well-run show."
Fearnley said she would be at Nelson's body building competition in November, but as a coach and supporter - not a competitor.