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[FONT=&quot]SARINA pharmacy assistant Bec Steele, 31, never imagined she would be representing Australia in body-building when she took up the sport four years ago.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]It began more as a hobby. She entered local competitions but only started aiming big when her coaches kept at her and encouraged the idea.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"I competed at a regional level, but it wasn't until I started working with Leonie (Leonard) and Terence (Darby) that I took it further,” she said.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"I guess they saw more potential in me than I had myself.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"They pushed me to go further and so I did some comps in Townsville, which was Australian Natural Bodz Muscle Mania, and that's when I qualified to go to Vegas.”[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In fact, Ms Steele qualified for the 2016 Las Vegas competition, Fitness America, at the end of last year, but as the event was taking place only a month later, she decided she needed more time to prepare.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"I set my sights on this year instead, and so I competed at the Asia Pacific comp about a month ago and that's when I made the team to go,” she said.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"I won an automatic spot on the squad as I won my division, which was the open category, but I also won the overall division.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"I was over the moon and still am very excited, although I think my hubby is even more excited than me.”


Sarina bodybuilder Bec Steele, has been selected to compete in Las Vegas.Bec Steele[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Ms Steele is also feeling the nerves, having never competed at such a high level or against international calibre athletes before.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Other than those two small competitions I've never done anything this big,” she said.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Not to mention, I've never actually been overseas, so that's exciting and nerve racking in itself.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Either way I can't wait to get over and see what it's like, I may take a break after but if the experience is amazing perhaps I'll get straight back into it after Vegas and work toward the next big thing.”[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Now, 12 weeks out from the competition, Ms Steele said heavy preparation would begin, involving a rigorous exercise regime and a strict 'clean' diet.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"It might sound hard but my routine is actually a lot easier than many other athletes,” she said.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Many prep for about 16 to 20 weeks, I'm lucky that I stay fairly lean in the off-season, mainly so I don't have to work as hard before comps.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Soon I will be amping training up to five or six sessions a week, and I'm eating six small meals a day of meat, vegies and potato, just healthy foods.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"My hubby actually laughs because I eat more than he does, which is fine because I love my food.”[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Ms Steele said she is looking forward to competing in November and hopes to bring back gold for the region and Australia.