Two Queenstown bodybuilders are representing New Zealand at Oceania champs in Melbourne, Australia, next month.
Audrey ‘Drey’ Tendron, 33, and Megan Duncan, 32, belong to bodybuilding’s ICN federation — or ICompete Natural — in which competitors commit to being drug-free and get randomly tested.
The pair, who’ll also compete in the ICN nationals in Hamilton a week earlier, last month performed well at a regional tournament in the Hawke’s Bay.
Tendron, who’s originally from France, and only took up the sport in January, competed in two categories in the bikini and sports model divisions, surprising herself by winning three silvers and a gold in the first-time sports model category.
‘‘When I got the first medal I was like, ‘oh, if I go home with that I’m stoked’.
‘‘To get three more, I couldn’t believe it.’’
Originally from Scotland, Duncan, who took up the sport early last year, competed in the sports model and figure divisions in Hawke’s Bay,
winning bronze in the latter.
She’s made two huge transitions this year, from bikini to figure — ‘‘which is kind of bigger shape and muscularity’’ — and from being vegan to eating meat.
‘‘Last year I did it all vegan, and then I started dating a hunter and now I’m eating lots of venison — I do think that has made a change to my physique.’’
Both women say they’ve nailed the exacting dieting side of their training under Auckland-based nutritionist Henry Lin, who’s also a pro bodybuilder.
Duncan also qualified for the Oceanias last year ‘‘but I flew back to Scotland the day the show was on’’.
NZ rep: Megan Duncan
She’s very proud to be representing New Zealand — ‘‘I know this is going to be my last year competing, so I’m more like, ‘go out with a
Tendron, who’s a personal trainer and was Showbiz Queenstown’s choreographer this year for Little Shop of Horrors — Musical, says her
main sacrifice has been halting both her dancing and aerial silk work.
She has a hip-hop group, Remarkables Dance Crew, but is presently only guiding them from the sideline.
As to what else she’s missing, she replies: ‘‘Cheese — I’m French.’’
And as for her aim in Melbourne, ‘‘I would love to place’’.
Both she and Duncan are launching an online raffle to support their trip — for details, email Tendron at [email protected]
Meanwhile, another local, Karine Robertson, will also be competing at the nationals.