Roxana Kreklo Profile: A True Athlete by Roxana Kreklo
The Ironman was my first figure competition. I have attended other large
shows, and would have to say that this one is quite extensive with the Fit
Expo, Men's Pro show, Strongman Challenge and seminars all rolled into one.
There were a couple of surprises though! My class was huge 19 competitors in
all! I have been hearing some comments that the classes should have been
I actually came into this competition not really knowing what the judges
would expect. I did some research on past shows and studied the NPC Judging
guidelines to determine how I should come prepared to present my physique.
In that respect, I achieved my goal which was really to get back to
competition. A win would have been great though! As a competitive athlete, I
didn't want to just "show up".I always want to win! I am happy with what I
To receive the comments that I did from those in the bodybuilding world was especially rewarding as well. Cathy LeFrancois, Melvin Anthony, Quincy Taylor and Ronnie Coleman all echoed similar things about my appearance, physique and presentation. So to hear that from these people was motivating and encouraging as well.
In terms of other athletics, I was a competitive swimmer since the age of 5. Growing up in Bucharest, Romania, I was exposed to a system of athletics that is common in Europe where the athlete is selected for their particular discipline at a very early age. I competed at the National Level in both Romania and Canada until the age of 15.
At the age of 16, I started in Track and Field and soon found success as a
thrower. Hammer throw was the area that my coaches decided to concentrate
on. I won the Juvenile and Junior Nationals and received a scholarship from
Simon Fraser University. I competed for SFU at the North Americans and was a
National Carded Athlete. I also won CAC's in the Cayman Islands in 1998.
So after the Ironman, I hope to compete again in April at the Tanji Johnson Figure and Fitness Classic, at the Emerald Cup and the Western Canadian Championships. It will be a busy time, but I look forward to the preparation and training. Competing is demanding, especially as a completely natural athlete, but extremely rewarding as well.