By Theresa D. McClellan
For the Fort Bend Star
Last year Sunni Ewing was a special education teacher looking to make her way into the world of bodybuilding competition. The Fort Bend County resident claimed first prize even beating the men in National Gym Association competition at the Stafford Civic Center.
Now a pro, she returned to Stafford June 25 where she took first place in four competitions; Mixed Pairs, Pro Women’s Bikini, Women’s Best Stage and Women’s Open Figure with Pro Card in the South Texas Physique Classic Pro-Battle.
“Many things have happened in a year. I’ve been in a couple magazines, I just got my national certification as a sports med trainer and I got an opportunity to go to California for a fitness reality show,” she said. She did not get the part.
But she has left special ed and is chasing her dream to be a certified trainer.
The 37-year-old mother of two said she trained six days a week for Saturday’s competition..Then two weeks before the show she chose a low carb diet of fish, rice and llght vegges. Then three days before the show she ate her carbs.
Promoter Larry Mitchell, head of Mitchell Muscle Promotions or MMP30 agrees.
“When I met her in that same venue, she was competing in another organization and didn’t make the top five. I told her she had the potential to win and be a champion and told her what she needed to do to become a champion,” said Mitchell.
To be a champion, said Mitchell, you have to look in the mirror and be honest. “You never look at what’s right because that will take care of itself.
You look at your flaws and work on them to make yourself better.” said Mitchell, a former Mr. America and Mr. Universe finalist with the National Amateur Body Builders Association.
Ewing said as a mother of two, “I’m the hardest working woman and mom and they need to see what greatness is and how it is developed. They were there when I won last year.
They see me day in and day out working hard, crying blood sweat and tears. But with hard work comes reward.”
The annual competition featured natural athletes who are drug tested. Well-oiled and spray tanned chiseled bodies took the stage to flex, pop and stretch their muscles before an appreciative crowd who cheered, took photos and shot videos.
The competition is an annual event.