born in 1973 in a small town in New Jersey called Harmony! I had
one older sister at the time soon to be joined by four more, 2 more
sisters and 3 more brothers! I grew up in a very large household
you could say! My father was and still is a minister and my mother
was always there for us, as a stay home mom ...the hardest job in
the world I must say! Of course over time the family has expanded.
I now have 3 nieces, 1 nephew and one on the way.
ask now I got started into bodybuilding. Well you have to go back
to the beginning at the age of 7.At this age I started competing
in my first sport, and that was swimming. I was a very very skinny
kid mind you! I did not do too well as a swimmer until I was 14
when my body started to develop. I became very good at breast stroke!
I received many awards as a swimmer after the age of 14. I became
the strongest breast-stroker on my team eventually. I was also a
good free style swimmer. I continued to compete in swimming all
the way until the age of 18. After the age of 18 and while home
for the summer from college , I coached. I did this for three years.
NPC East Coast
1st & Overall Lightweight
NPC Eastern USA
1st & Overall Middleweight
NPC East Coast
to a small private Christian high school in Pennsylvania. There
I started to play basketball, soccer and track. I tried one year
of volleyball... but it conflicted with soccer. Basketball became
my love! I found it was a sport I was good at. I ended up holding
the record for the most steals (over 500 career steals, and most
career points.. 825). I was a two time MVP as well. My plan was
to go on and play in college. (by the way on a side note, I anticipate
both of these records to be broken soon by none other than my super
talented younger sister Elizabeth). At this time, we did not have
a women's soccer team in high school, so I played on the men's team.
I am not an advocate of women playing on men's teams, but I had
to do it in order to be able to play in college.
several schools look at me for basketball , but I really wanted
to go to a Christian college and I knew Liberty University had a
Division I women's soccer team as my sister played her freshman
year before other responsibilities with her major caused her to
have to quit. I walked onto the soccer team and received a scholarship
to play. I played a bit my freshman year, but as you know most freshman
don't get to play much and I was playing as a wing which was "my
position" as I was fast. One game my sophmore year early in
the season, our fullbacks were not doing so hot. I begged the coach
to put me at full back
I played my an awesome game that day.
The coach came up to me and told me I found my place on the field.
I ended up starting as a full back my sophomore through senior year.
I was tough and fast which made me good back there. My dad taught
me never to cry on the field. NOR was I ever to stay down no matter
how bad it hurt! He taught us kids to be tough! ( Although he was
a gentle father) During my years of soccer , I endured three knee
surgeries! But never missed a game! I received the award for defensive
player of the year my senior year. I played with a fantastic group
was while I was in college as a soccer player, that I first began
lifting weights. All growing up I had a muscular build, although
very skinny. In college I found I liked training and started the
desire to be a bodybuilder. I wanted to look like Lenda Murray or
Cory Everson. When I graduated and moved home, in 1997 I decided...time
to do it kid! I started training and in 1999 I did my first NPC
show, the WOMEN's EXTRAVEGANZA as a middleweight of about 124 pounds.
I took second. The next day was the NPC East Coast where I again
took second to Mona Caravetta who went on to take 6th the following
week at the Nationals. However, I met a wonderful man that day,
STEVE STONE, who to this day remains a friend. He took me aside
and said, the reason you took second was because of this, this and
this. I said "OK, I now know what to do for next year!"
He said "NO, do it all this week and do the Eastern USA next
week in NYC." So, I did it. I did what he said, and came in
to win not only my class, but also the overall. I was thrilled.
goal was then to come in the next year, 2000 as a lightweight. I
figured I was 124 but could have been tighter and make 118. So I
met with my new trainer at the time, Pat Grieco. And my goal was
to do the 2000 East Coast again and win this time. At the same time
as he was getting me ready, he was getting Mona Caravetta ready
for the Nationals. So we were dieting together etc. At 6 weeks out
from my show, I thought, "Hey I am qualified for the Nationals,
Why not just do them." We ran it by my trainer and he said,
"WHY NOT!" I did the East Coast coming in the hardest
I ever was and then went on the following week to the 2000 Nationals
in NYC. WOW! I WAS IN AWE! Here I am on stage with the best in the
nation. I just hope to make top 15!! I was just there to get the
experience. I had no expectation
walked on stage, did our 60 seconds and our quarter turns. Imagine
my excitement when I was the second call out. I was sure they called
the wrong number. But there I was , standing there good enough to
be in the top 5. At the night show when they were announcing the
.and they called third place, and I was still standing
there. Me and Jen Lupi
.I was dying in side, excited but hoping
I didn't win as I was not ready yet to be pro. I took second. A
very exciting second place ! I decided to try again in 2001.
2001, I ran into the problem of being to big now to be a lightweight
and having to suck down too much. It hurt my conditioning and I
took a very deserved third place. People say I was robbed, but I
totally disagree. I was not the best that day.
I had to go up a class to middleweights. I went into this show same
as 2000. I just wanted to break top 15 as I was new to the middleweight
class. Taking 4th that year was thrilling.
back in 2003 to do the USA's and the Nationals. But by this time,
my body was begging for a rest and it just didn't come in as it
should. I took a humbling third to 2 great competitors. One being
my best friend Heather. But it taught me to listen to my body. SO
I decided to skip the 2003 Nationals and just concentrate on training
not dieting. Its been during this offseason that my body is growing
the best, and I am mentally the best I have ever been and I started
powerlifting. I have hit some pretty big numbers for me. My goal
for 2004 is the Nationals in November and to hit the stage hard
with the best body I have ever had ! I hope all my offseason training
and focus brought it all together. I hope to be harder and finally
have the legs to match the upper body.
that is where the story ends right now, but does not mean the end
of the story! In the last few years I have learned a lot about me,
and about life! I am not only physically stronger but mentally stronger!
Lets see how that plays out on stage!