NPC September 2012 Athlete of the Month Profiles: Figure, Bikini & Fitness

December 21st, 2012

Dawn Fernandez, Sabrina Nicole, and Danielle Delikat have been named the NPC Athletes of the Month in Figure, Bikini and Fitness for the month of September.

 

FIGURE: DAWN FERNANDEZ 
Accomplishment: IFBB North Americans Figure Overall and Class F winner


Age 44
Height 5’6
Weight 128-130
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Contest History/Highlights 2012: USA Championships 3rd Class E; Team Universe 10th Class E; Junior Nationals 2nd Class E; Gold Coast Muscle 1st Class E and Overall; 2011: IFBB Arnold Amateur 6th Class E; Team Universe 8th Class E, 10th Masters Class C; USA Championships 9th Class E; Nationals 9th Class E; 2010: Natural Western Regionals 1st Class and Overall; Bikini Tall and Overall; Muscle Contest 4th Bikini Class D; California State 5th Bikini Class E; West Coast Classic 2nd Bikini Class E, 4th Bikini Masters; Masters Nationals 4th; USA Championships 16th Bikini Class E; Nationals 15th Bikini Class E; 2009: Western Regionals 2nd Bikini Tall Class; Excalibur 2nd Bikini Tall, 1st Bikini Masters

Go here for more photos of Dawn Fernandez!

IT’S JUST A NUMBER “I don’t see my age as a challenge. I see my injury as more of a challenge – I was in a car accident in 2004 and suffered a lot of nerve and soft-tissue damage in my mid back up to my neck. But as far as my age, sometimes I think I have to prove myself a little bit more than others. People get this image of me and then when I show up they are like ‘Wow! This is what 44 looks like?’

A LITTLE OBSESSED “I was 30 when I started weight training. I always ate in moderation but I was that skinny fat that we talk about. I wanted to see what my body would look like with some muscle on it. I remember doing front raises one day and seeing that little muscle on the front working and that was it! I was hooked. I wanted those same muscles everywhere. After that, if I didn’t go to the gym I was doing pushups and sit ups and jumping jacks in a garage or in the front room. I might have been a little obsessed!”

COMPETITIVE STREAK “I’m very competitive. No matter what I’m doing I want to win. I always come to win. I’ll make adjustments, take criticism and feedback – whatever it takes. If there’s a contest at work, I want to win. I want to be the best no matter what I’m doing. For all those that doubted, I do deserve to be here and I’m gonna prove it to you and prove it to myself.”

OFFICE HOURS “I work for a large financial institution, so I have a very conservative, very structured job. So this sport allows me to let my hair down and release some of the tension from the office. Everyone there is extremely supportive, I think they’ve gotten used to this now! I go in at 7:30 in the morning and get off at 4 pm, so that works in terms of me being able to get to the gym at a decent hour in the evening and still have time with my family. “

WORDS TO LIVE BY “I have two sayings that I live by. The first one is ‘Everything in moderation.’ I live by that no matter what I’m doing or eating or drinking or whatever. The second one is ‘Being fit and healthy is a lifestyle’. It’s not seasonal. For me there is no offseason. It’s something I do all the time. I don’t care what time of year it is, I could be ready for a show in week.”

Go to page 2 for Sabrina Nicole’s profile!