Queenstown bodybuilder Jasmine George has gone from backstage to the world stage in one year.
Last September, the Dalefield mum helped out as a marshall at the local INBA Southern Lakes Classic natural bodybuilding event.
Fight Science’s Braden Lee then convinced her to begin training to compete.
And on Sunday she won the Bikini Diva class at the same event a year on.
George, 29, now hopes to compete in the World Natural Olympia in San Diego this November.
She earned a place on the New Zealand team by placing second at the IFBB champs in Wellington two weeks ago.
George is an accounting student at Southern Institute of Technology who is also learning Mandarin. She puts her progress down to training with Lee and her raw, organic, vegan diet.
“It’s been a two-year journey really – I’ve lost 30kgs since 2012,” she says.
“I began going to boot camps at Fight Science and then a year ago Braden suggested I should train to compete.
“The thought was terrifying. My main aim was just to get up on stage and feel confident about it.
“But it’s great. I practised so much that everything became semi-natural.”
George was one of three Queenstown Amazons who competed at the drug-free focused event on Sunday at Queenstown Memorial Centre.
Amisfield manager Jodie Glinster – aka Jodie Acro Bat Gstar – took to the bodybuilding stage for the first time and impressed with her acrobatic fitness routine.
“I competed in the fitness category – the only one in there so I won it,” Glinster, 32, says.
“I only decided three weeks ago to enter, so I went on no-carbs and then dropping fluid in the last week. It was pretty intense.
“It’s something to work forward to, rather than just going to the gym every day.
“It could become addictive. There’s another competition in Auckland in November I’m interested in and then I’ll train for next year.”
And Liz O’Sullivan ditched her 40-plus age-class and entered the physique open class instead – finishing second overall.
“I thought what the heck, might as well go for it,” she says.
“I was really rapt to clean up the young things – delighted.”