In late 2010, I began doing web searches for figure competitions in my area and when I found the one that looked like it was a fit for me, I contacted the Promoter and he gave me Joe Franco’s number and said he was the best in the business. I contacted Joe and began training on January 1st, 2011. I had roughly twenty weeks to prepare for my first show. I went on to compete that May and placed 3rd in 35 and older and 4th in Open class divisions. To my Dad, if you can hear me…I take full responsibility for the fact that I am where I am as a result of my choices both good and bad…I’m sorry that you couldn’t be there to see me shine.
Through the continued guidance, support, encouragement and knowledge that Joe has offered me over the year and a half that I have been part of Team Franco, I continued to train hard for the following OCB show in April of 2012. I am proud to have taken home, not one, but two, first place trophies in Open Class (Tall) and 35 and over divisions along with a second place in Novice group as well. I will certainly take the credit for the hardwork but no team wins the SuperBowl without leadership from a great coach. So, if you’re wondering whether you should hire Joe or continue on as part of his team, there is no question in my mind…I am hangin’ with the winners!!
For all intents and purposes, when I graced the stage for my win that day, my competitor number was #41…it was my “why” that made me cry…
Thanks for all of your support!