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Wood’s whirlwind win

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November 11, 2017

Who Wood have thought: Katrina Wood has returned from Bali as Pro Fitness model winner in a whirlwind two years for the bodybuilder.

After breaking her toe in 2015 playing netball, Katrina Wood never envisaged what would happen in the next two years.

Wood, 37, ran boot camps and pole danced, but after returning to the gym, she now struts her stuff on stage.

Last weekend, Wood, a professional fitness model, competed in an international bodybuilding event in Bali, claiming Pro Fitness model status and winning the Pro Fitness model competition.

‘‘It was a huge shock, I just went over there to get my card and then I felt pretty good so I thought I would compete in the competition and I ended up winning,’’ Wood said.

‘‘It doesn’t happen very often but I was just over the moon with the result.’’

With bodybuilding being a subjectively-judged sport, Wood had no real expectations when she went to Bali for the second time in as many years.

‘‘You just go over trying to do your best, you don’t know what the judges are going to say,’’ Wood said.

‘‘In the end, it was just a bit of a double whammy for me and I was able to come away with the two accolades.’’

Competing in the Bali Paradise Pro-am International representing Australia, Wood won the open sports model and open fitness categories last year, then finished third and fourth in the 30-and-over competitions.

The Shepparton school teacher also placed fifth at the world championships in Las Vegas in 2015, only a few months after taking up the sport.

‘‘To be honest, it has all happened so quick,’’ Wood said.

‘‘It was about an eight-year hiatus out of the gym and then once I got back in there I started enjoying myself and I have really taken to the sport. I love it and never thought I’d be in the position that I am now.’’

The un-sponsored athlete, who trains at Anytime Fitness, is hoping to take her sport to the next level now and would appreciate any support along the way.

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