Yesterday was a huge day for one of my Figure clients. She graced the stage in her blinged-out custom-made bikini and high heels and strutted her chiseled and stunning body for hundreds to see in her first competition of the season, Atlantic States. It is perhaps the biggest Regional Level show in the Northeast each year. I heard there were approximately 450 competitors that participated in the event. For me, the day was very special for many reasons. For starters, I was there to provide support for my client, who trained with me for 7 months in preparation for the event. Secondly, I did the very same show 5 years ago and did very well. But the most special part of the day, for me, besides what took place on stage, I was reminded how incredibly important it is to have a reliable support system.
I’m sure many of you that compete are nodding your head right now and either smiling because you are fortunate to have great supporters in your corner…. or maybe you’re sighing and slumping down in your seat because at some point someone let you down or you feel kinda lonely on your pursuit.
My client’s family was at the show from start to finish. Her younger brother was up before 5 am to drive her to my house to finish up her tan and do her makeup, then he drove her into the city and stayed by her side the entire day. He spent the extra $50 and got himself a backstage pass just so he could be there for her. When her parents got there, they saved seats for me and her brother so we could watch together. It was 4 hours from the time the show started until she actually got onstage. Of course we all grabbed food together before finals and more people joined the party at the night show. I appreciated that so much. I love how close the family is and the number of hours they put in to see her onstage for less than 5 minutes, wow!
It reminded me of when I competed in Team Universe 2009. My performance and placing was nothing to brag about, but what made that show my absolute favorite was that both my mom, dad, boyfriend at the time and my two best friends were in the audience for finals. We all went to dinner together and I kept getting really quiet and just stared at everyone at the table. My parents split when I was young and I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw them sit next to each other at a table. They were all there for ME. I felt important and it was great.