Body builder flexes muscles in Melbourne

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

A Newman resident has proved no matter how far you live from the city, you can succeed at anything you put your mind to.

Personal trainer and mother of three Megan Chandler has spent the past five years training, preparing and competing in all manner of body building competitions and recently came second in Melbourne’s Arnold Classic, with the option to represent Australia in Brazil.

Chandler said competing in the Miss Figure Athletic division on the famous body building stage was her first competition back after a two-year break.

“It’s really about setting a goal and not being afraid to give it a go — it’s all about believing and it doesn’t matter at the end of the day where you are or your circumstances,” she said.

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“It’s a big lesson, especially for people in the country, and that’s the biggest thing I want to share with people — if you want something, you make it happen.”

While Brazil will not be on the cards for Chandler because of the high finances of an international trip from Newman, she will not let that deter her motivation for future competitions, despite her isolated home.

“It just goes to show that no matter where you are, if you’re passionate about something and really want to achieve it, you can,” she said.

“People can get a bit lost being in the middle of nowhere and feel they need to be in Perth to achieve their goals, but you don’t need to always be around others to find that motivation — it’s within you.”

Chandler said she would continue to be a role model for her two young girls, and the greater Newman community, through her personal training and online body building coaching businesses as she prepared for the new season in September.

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