VANCOUVER — Susanna White wasn’t sure what to expect heading into Saturday’s International Natural Bodybuilding Association in Vancouver.
The mother of four had plenty on her plate between nursing her six-month old daughter, getting back into peak shape and competing in her first bodybuilding competition.
Things went about as well as they could.
White finished second overall and first in the Ms. Physique division and was named most symmetrical of entire show.
“The biggest thing is I just wanted to get one under my belt,” White said in a phone interview. “I just had a baby, so I was kind of like ‘whatever happens, happens’ and I got there and I really wanted to win. But I have to be happy with what happened.”
White wasn’t the only Wenatchee resident to find success in Vancouver in the competition of about 40.
Allison Frazier finished sixth overall in the Bikini Divas division and won best presentation.
White decided to enter the contest to help her get back in shape. She wanted to return to training for CrossFit competitions at CrosSport Performance in Wenatchee, but a back injury kept her from engaging in the workouts. Instead, she decided to try her hand in bodybuilding competitions. Given her propensity to stay in shape and her health-conscious lifestyle, it made sense.
“You work so hard to keep yourself in a certain condition,” she said. “I just figured, you know what? Might as well take it to the next level.”
It could be just the beginning for White.
The results from her first-ever bodybuilding competition were so inspiring that she plans to compete in upcoming events in Snoqualmie on Oct. 5 and in Wenatchee on Oct. 26.
She hopes to win a National Physique Committee contest and qualify for nationals.
Saturday’s show in Vancouver should help set the stage for White.
“I’m happy,” she said. “It was a good learning experience.”