Sarah’s fitness started at school as a child. It was an era when video games didn’t exist and her parents living in the middle of nowhere always made the kids play out and were never allowed to watch TV. Sarah grew up with 5 boys which probably moulded her to what she is now - head strong, stubborn, forceful and determined.

Her school years saw her in every team and she swam for the county.

On leaving education after a degree is Fashion and Textiles Sarah didn’t re-start competitive sport until she was in her late 20’s. By chance she started racing Offshore Powerboats and after a serious racing crash in the European Championships, Venice 1999 she was hooked up to a life-support machine with a list of injuries which would make Evil Knievel look tame, it took her a couple of years to fully rehabilitate but when she did, she went from 72lbs back to her normal weight of 143lbs. 

With her jaw broken in 2 places and titanium plates in her face, she was unable to eat solids for some time and having her jaw wired together her weight and muscle deteriorated.

After considerable time back in the gym her trainer suggested that because of her body type and muscle endurance she needed to go to America and compete in the big fitness competions as there was nothing in Europe suitable for her. It was suggested she do the Miss Galaxy Competition - Americas' most famous of fitness and beauty pageants. It had started back in the 80’s with 16 girls and by year 4, over 400 women from across the World were taking part, but no one had ever qualified from the UK. Three weeks later she was on a flight to the USA and registered for a weekend training camp with Galaxy. On acceptance, she went back out and competed. She came 4th out of 150 women.

Below sarah with her trainer Mark Jarvis:

Sarah with trainer Mark

Galaxy consisted of bikini, eveningwear, assault course, fitness tests and on some occasions a dance/gymnastic routine. Her life then became these hardcore shows that went on for days. It was her full time job.

Many years and many shows later she flew to Vegas where she gained her first of two world titles and some amazing memories showing that even hitting rock bottom you can always pick yourself up, work hard and reach the top. Sarah has only ever trained with Military PTIs, and her ‘rock’ was celebrity trainer and former Para Reg PTI Mark Jarvis who was responsible for all her titles and medals.

Mark has trained several A list celebrities and is currently on tour with “One Direction”. He also trains UFC and MMA fighters. His conditioning techniques are second to none, “ Sarah’s discipline to succeed and her mindset doesn’t allow for failure or for giving up, and fitness at her level is a state of mind. It also gets to a point where there is no muscle ache no matter what we do, she has simply by-passed everything. All-round athletes like Sarah are rare,” states Mark in one of their interviews.

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