Cranbrook’s Dickson selected as guest poser at NPAA Championships

Athlete says she's achieved her ultimate bodybuilding goal

Laurie Dickson

Laurie Dickson

Cranbrook’s Laurie Dickson has officially achieved her ultimate bodybuilding goal, and she couldn’t be any happier.

Dickson has been invited to be the guest poser at the upcoming National Physique and Athletics Association (NPAA) Federation Championships in Calgary on September 30.

As guest poser, Dickson will perform a two to three minute routine in front of 500 or more gathered athletes, judges and more.

“It’s a dream of mine come true,” Dickson told the Townsman. “People look to that as a focal point.”

Dickson said her physique and competition accreditations earned her the prestigious positions at the national competition, but she still can’t believe that as a mother of two she has been chosen.

“I never thought ever when I started this as a single mom that I’d be on stage as a guest at a federation,” she said. “This is what you aspire to. This is my ultimate goal.”

Most bodybuilding competitions have a guest poser that performs after all the athletes have completed the competition rounds.

“There’s not a lot of female figure guest posers,” Dickson said.

Joining Dickson on her trip to Calgary will be three of her clients from Aspire2bFit, the business she runs coaching fellow athletes and prepping them for competition. She also has a nutrition consultation business.

Dickson is a three-carded athlete with the NPAA, World Natural Sports Organization and the International Drug Free Athletes organization. That was a feat she never thought possible in itself.

“It’s wonderful because I always wanted one card,” she said.

Dickson is happy to be associated with the NPAA, an organization that supports amateur athletes by providing a fun, supportive atmosphere. She likes that the association gravitates towards the needs of each athlete.

“It is top notch,” she said.

Dickson has been competing for many years, but says she is done with that aspect of the bodybuilding lifestyle – for now.

“I don’t think I’m going to compete again, but never say never,” she said.

Just because she has stepped back from competition, doesn’t mean Dickson is retiring. The mom of two will be acting as a judge at the NPAA Championships, which she is squeezing in among a number of professional pursuits while balancing a family life.

Dickson maintains her incredible physique through intense workouts. She has a great workout partner, which she credits a lot of her success to – her boyfriend.

“It’s amazing. It’s a lot of work,” she said. “My workouts have been extremely intense.”

Dickson said she keeps up with bodybuilding because she has a driven passion for competition and wants to teach her children about dedication to a goal. Keeping fit is part of her business lifestyle too as she runs two fitness related businesses and is head trainer at World’s Gym. At the end of the day, Dickson said she also just enjoys being in top physical form.

“I love how  it feels to be in this kind of shape,” she said. “It’s part of my business. It’s what I do.”

Her workouts are done six-days a week. Dickson said she’s lucky that she can skip cardio and do a very intense one-hour workout targeting specific body parts.

“I’m very fortunate that I don’t do cardio.”

With two businesses, workouts, speaking engagements and fitness writing on her plate, Dickson said the number one important thing in her life is her children, aged nine and 12, and she always has time for them.

“Don’t even ask me how I do it,” she said. “My children are not put on the back burner ever. Even if I don’t have the time, I make it.”

On top of all that, Dickson said she is currently working on her biography to be released in 2013.

At the upcoming NPAA show, Dickson will have her children watching from the audience for the first time ever. She can’t wait to have them cheer her on.

“I hope that they follow in my footsteps in drive and passion in whatever field they decide to take on.”

Just Posted

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
MP Morrison appointed to parliamentary national security committee

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian one of five candidates appointed to national security committee

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Most Read