Participating in NZ Armed Forces & Emergency Services ICN Bodybuilding & Fitness 2021 Competition
As you may well know by now I've been a volunteer ambulance officer with St. John for over 10 years in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In the UK and Australia the St. John functions I performed were event first aid ( think standing at the side of rugby pitches in the winter, cycling races, the local school fair).
Here in NZ I'm a frontline Emergency Medical Technician. Whilst I only volunteer for shift a few times a month I still get involved with treating some of the sickest patients or I'm the first on scene at a horrific accident scenes, often with fatalities.
Don't get me wrong, I love my volunteer role but this is hard physically and mentally. There have been many jobs I've screamed on the inside, cried on the drive back to station with my crewmate and hugged my baby and partner all the tighter when I see them next. I cannot imagine what other members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services deal with on a daily basis.
We are all under pressure in this role, face abuse and attacks, get injuries (even career-ending) in the line of duty and I am proud to be doing the hardest thing I've ever done in my life to support Te Kiwi Maia to support the rehab, recovery and mental health of my colleagues throughout NZ.
On October 9th 2021 I'll be competing in an all natural bodybuilding competition to raise awareness and funds for this mighty cause. For those of you who know me I've never been a skinny mini, I was built for endurance rather than speed and for me pizza is life. So going back into the gym after have a spinal fracture in a car crash and eating vegetables is a tough challenge alright!! But it's too late to back out now.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart x
THANK YOU 30 November 2021
Just want to jump on here and say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support with the charity and also CONGRATULATIONS to all those who competed at the competition last weekend. You are all legends!!! Bring on 2022.
Help Te Kiwi Māia - The Courageous Kiwi by supporting your friends and family who are doing this awesome competition in fundraising for TKM.