Vegas trip could change Gladstone teen's life
YOUNG and ready to take on the world is exactly what Gladstone girl Chauntelle Taylor is all about.
The 18-year-old competed in the 2016 Musclemain Australia competition on the weekend and placed second in the Bikini Junior category, second in Bikini Novice, but took gold in the Bikini Open category.
This means Ms Taylor has qualified to make the Australian team, and will compete in the Fitness America Weekend competition in Las Vegas.
Ms Taylor will be the youngest in a team of 30 competitors and having only started training with her mother, Win Marsh, this year, finds the whole thing a little bit daunting but very exciting.
"It's a little intimidating being one of the youngest in the team because I'll be competing against people who have been training longer and that have more experience in the sport than I do," she said.
"I initially started doing it because my mum is a coach and my parents are both competitors.
"So I entered to see what it was all about, and I actually enjoyed it.
"Some people I have met through this sport have actually gone to Las Vegas on this trip and talked about how amazing the experience was, so I made that my ultimate goal and just tried to work myself up towards it."
Ms Taylor said while she would be ecstatic to place in the competition, her goal is to come in the top 10.
"I have a good group of friends and family that are always there to keep me on track and help support me through it which helps a lot," she said.
"I also have a countdown going to keep myself motivated and on track."