Danielle fits a lot into life with new passion
WHEN Danielle Oakey graduated from Gladstone State High School, she wasn't sure what her next step was.
But spending her free time at the gym and having personal training sessions were an inspiration to the 19-year-old, who now hopes to be a personal trainer.
This week, Danielle began her Certificate III in Fitness at CQUniversity's Gladstone City campus.
The program means she'll be qualified as a fitness instructor by June - and the opportunity to take on her Certificate IV in February next year will see her working as a personal trainer by October.
"It's pretty incredible - in March this year, I'd never even set foot in a gym before," Danielle said.
The born-and-bred Gladstone resident noticed there was already a popular gym culture in the city.
"There's a lot of people who like to go to the gym and keep fit," she said.
Her passion has inspired her to pursue competitive body sculpting, and she's aiming for her first competition next year.
"I'm down to 13% body fat already - and you need 12% to compete - so I'm close!"
When she's not at the gym or studying, Danielle said she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends.
"My partner and I climbed Mt Larcom not long ago, that was really full on," she said.
"I like to catch up with friends too. We like going to the Lightbox and Diceys."