Heat is on for Maxim modelling competition at Tannum
BARING a bit of skin in front of a crowd is not a nerve-racking thought for Whitney-Rae Freyling.
The 23-year-old competed in the first heat of Procon Leisure's Maxim Australian Swimsuit Model Competition, managed by Aurora Model, at the Tannum Sands Hotel on Saturday night alongside eight other competitors.
Having previous experience at other competitions held in Rockhampton, she was excited at the prospect of the Gladstone region hosting heats for this Maxim's Swimsuit model search.
"I enjoy competition because I am a dance teacher too and I like being on stage," she said.
"It's also good because I'm in the health and fitness industry and I enjoy training hard and dieting so it gives me a goal to work towards."
Her focus on health and fitness is not one she takes lightly, having a good weight training regime and diet.
"I do a power walk everyday and lots of weight training to stay really toned," she said.
Working at Australia Sports Nutrition, she also places an importance on taking supplements to enhance her workouts and results.
Her love for competing started at the beginning of last year, and since then she has taken place in four other competitions.
Even though I didn't place, it was the best experience of my life.
Reminiscing back to her first competition, she said she has come a long way.
"I did it with a few friends and made lots of mistakes, I wasn't very good," she said.
"The more experienced girls helped me out and that is how I started to improve.
"My ultimate goal would be to win a national final."
Her closest taste to a title of her own was in the Gold Coast at the finals for the Miss V8 Swimsuit model competition.
"I learnt a lot and it was really challenging," she said.
"Even though I didn't place, it was the best experience of my life."
Ms Freyling believed the competition would be popular in the Gladstone region.
"A lot of girls around here ask me about it and how to get into it," she said.
"I'm actually helping a few girls with their walks that are competing for the first time, which is great."
She expects to see some great local talent at the event across the three heats.
- Last year's winner was Erin Pash.
- This is the first year the competition has been under the name 'Maxim' after changing sponsors since last year.
Tannum Sands Hotel supports classy modelling contest
BEING a beach suburb, and with Tannum Sands Hotel being home to a great view of the ocean, manager David Akeroyd believed they had the perfect venue for a swimwear model competition.
"Nothing of this calibre had been done for a very long time around here," said David.
He said they had received great support for all facets of the competition from sponsors, to entrants and community enthusiasm.
The winner of the final, held on March 22, will receive a cash prize and flights to the Gold Coast to compete in the national final.
"It's a very classy and professional swimsuit model competition and it's something fun and refreshing for the local region to come along to and have a fun night out," he said.
Limited places are available for the second heat, held this Saturday night.
Maxim Australian Swimsuit Model Search event co-ordinator Demmi Wright said there was a good mix of experienced and first-time entrants.
"It's great to have this competition in Gladstone," she said.
Contact Demmi Wright on 0423668479 for details.