NANAIMO — Dolly Skailes has returned home from the 2017 Canadian Bodybuilding Championships after putting in a very strong performance.
She took third in the Grand Masters and fourth in the light-heavyweight open division in Edmonton over the weekend.
This is the fourth time Skailes has gone to nationals, where she was one of 867 competitors.
She's taken an 18th, two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth in previous nationals.
Going in to the event the 49-year-old didn't want to put too much pressure on herself.
"I just don't worry about where I'm going to place. I get myself in the best shape I can and let the chips fall where they may," Skailes said.
Her performance has earned her an invite to compete south of the border next year.
Skailes said the dates for that event haven't been set yet but she'll be up against some high level international bodybuilders.
"It's a much bigger show, it's a much harder show," Skailes said. "But I have a lot of faith in myself so we'll see how I do."
One of Skailes' close friends, Nicole Janveaux from Campbell River, also competed at nationals and took home a second place and a third place in her categories.
To get to the national level for bodybuilding Skailes said it's a combination of diet and exercise, noting it's about 80 per cent diet.
"Since January I live off of chicken breast, vegetables and protein shakes," she said. "I eat every two hours, watching calories and measuring everything. Before the show I was doing two and a half hours of cardio a day plus my training."
Skailes has been in bodybuilding for 18 years and with her passion for the sport she's looking at the possibility of turning professional.
That would put her in a position to compete for prize money in events like the Wings of Strength which just took place in Chicago.
This weekend in Vancouver the BC Amateur Bodybuilding Association is holding provincials.
Skailes won't be in the competition but there will be others from Vancouver Island who will be going to the two-day event.
When talking about the sport, Skailes calls it fun, hard, and tiring. She said she's hooked and in large part because of bodybuilding she doesn't look or feel her age.
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