Though she had no previous experience in personal training or the health and fitness industry, Mrs Spasevski’s husband encouraged her to enter the O’Mara Classic and International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness World Championships qualifier where she placed third in the bikini division.
She then went to Sydney to compete in the World Beauty and Fitness Fashion Australian Championships and came second in the diva fitness model division, which qualified her for the world championships in Vegas, though she declined the offer for this year to be with her children during exam time.
After returning to Perth, she entered the International Natural Bodybuilding Association Perth Natural Classic, hosted by Sam Attrill at Kingsway Indoor Stadium where she won the fitness division, making it her third podium finish in as many competitions.
‘I was pleasantly surprised and really proud,’ she said. ‘For me it was a big achievement. I never expected to do it and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come in a short time.
‘Getting up on stage can be quite nerve wracking, but it’s getting easier.’
Another obstacle she had to overcome when deciding to compete was some of her family’s view on the sport.
‘In Europe, it’s not the chosen sport,’ she said. ‘It’s not the done thing and it’s taken a lot of guts to break through the barrier, but my husband is very supportive.’
Mrs Spasevski said she had received a lot of positive feedback ‘even from total strangers’ asking her what her ‘secret’ was.
‘I was happy to share what works for me but everyone’s body is different,’ she said.
‘For me, it’s all about portion control. My diet is very fish and seafood based and I’m actually eating more than I ever did.’
She said she walked along the beach most days.
‘I want to be a positive role model for my children and set an example when it comes to food and exercise,’ she said.