Success in Seoul 'out of this world'
Feilding bodybuilder Sue Bettridge is setting herself a heck of a record.
Bettridge is just back from Seoul, South Korea, where she won the women's figure title at the World Fitness Federation Universe Championships.
That takes her up to 42 wins from 45 competitions, two seconds and a third in her six years competing.
The 46-year-old said it was out of this world.
"It's taken me six years from when I started doing bodybuilding and competing to get to the top," she said. "It's been my goal and I've driven myself."
To qualify, she won overall figure woman at the Christchurch Grand Prix which took her to the Southern Hemisphere championship on the Gold Coast which she also won to send her to Seoul.
There were more than 400 competitors there from across the globe.
"They were great competition. I looked around and thought, ‘oh my god, look at the condition of all these women'."
Getting there was a feat in itself.
She had an 18-hour flight and had to take her own meals on the aircraft to maintain her diet. She had to be extra careful of what she ate and drank while there and travelled two days early to overcome any swelling in her body after the flight.
The competition was run like clockwork and was shown live on TV, so she had people asking for autographs.
It doesn't stop though. Next month she has the Pan Pacific championships in Auckland, then the world championships on the Gold Coast in November.
"Now I've got to this level a lot of people expected me, after the universe competition, to have six to eight months off.
"But no this is it. I'm on a roll and in the best condition I've been in. I'll come and do what I do. I like to get on stage and show what I've accomplished."
She was back at Snap Fitness gym in Feilding the day after she got home.
A nutritionist, Bettridge got into bodybuilding once her three sons got older, allowing her time to train. Now she loves being healthy and feeling alive.