Cassie Chow ticked off a year-long goal on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Queenstown group instructor and personal
trainer has been invited to compete with the New Zealand body
building team at the International Bodybuilding Association
(INBA) Natural Olympia in San Diego, in November.
Ms Chow won her class and was the overall physique champion
at the inaugural
Southern Lakes Classic, held at the Queenstown Memorial
Centre on Saturday.
She said San Diego would be her first international
competition and she was ''really excited to get this
opportunity'' to represent New Zealand as ''it's something
that I've been working to this year''.