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Mariah Koskinas: My Journey to the UKBFF North East Championships

April 17, 2013

Mariah Koskinas on her journey to the UKBFF North East Championships

My name is Mariah Koskinas, I’m an 18 year old girl from West Yorkshire. It is fair to say that I have always been a very competitive person; coming from a background of exhibiting dogs internationally and equestrian. I’ve always had issues with my image from a very young age. I was overweight when I was younger and I was bullied before I started high school. As a result I was diagnosed with body dismorphia which ultimately evolved into bulimia. I was so obsessed with being thinner that I made myself very ill living off two small meals a day. Being so worried for me and wondering how to help me, when I was 16 my Mum and Dad signed me up to our local gym “Fitness Connection”.  

I became a part of their family and I was re-educated about food and eating. They were so friendly and welcoming; they treated me with respect which is typical of their generous spirit. I was taught that I have to love my body to make better changes. It was last year, aged 17, after watching the UKBFF (United Kingdom Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation) North East Championships that I announced I would compete in 2013. Ironically I was watching the Bikini Class and it is this class that I will compete in.

I was in awe when I saw all the athletes on stage, just watching how amazing their bodies looked and how confident they must have felt. I knew I wanted to be like that! Since then I have fallen in love with everything to do with fitness and nutrition and wish to better myself even more so. I have two amazing women that I look up to most and they are the other reason I have come this far mentally. Emma Foxton, a Miss Britain title holder, and Jeannie Ellam, the owner of Fitness connection and an amazing bodybuilder. Over the next 21 weeks I will be training hard with the help of my sponsor FORZA BLACK Watch this space! Mariah x

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