An Interview With Vanda Hadarean - Olympian, Fitness Model, And Newest Girl Of Sportlab!

The decision was difficult, but in the end Vanda Hadarean came out on top and became the Sportlab Fitness Model. Learn more about her right here as she answers question about who she is.
The Sportlab Model Search London 2005 was held on October 22, 2005 in London, Ontario Canada. The London 2005 show followed hot on the heels of the Sportlab Model Search Stratford 2005 show.

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As a judge at the increasingly popular contest, I was impressed with the size and quality of the outstanding women's lineup. Every woman in the contest was stunning, and it was obvious to the judges that each competitor trained long and hard to bring their best physique to the stage.

Judging the women's lineup was not easy - over one hundred women competitors came to the stage in pursuit of the first-place prize and a contract as the newest girl of Sportlab. Although every woman on stage brought their A-game, only one could emerge victorious.

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When the war was over and when the dust settled, the stunning Vanda Hadarean emerged as the female winner. As a judge I can say that Vanda made a powerful impact on the judges the minute that she stepped on stage.

Vanda was beautiful, she had excellent conditioning and symmetry, and her stage presence was confident and strong. It was her contest to win and she knew it - so did everyone else.

I interviewed Vanda after the competition, and this is the result. Enjoy.


The Interview


[ Q ] Congratulations on your well deserved victory. Let's start things off by telling the readers where you were born and when.

    A: Thank you! I was born in Cluj, Romania born on May 3, 1976. I lived in Romania for most of my life, but now I live in Ottawa, Ontario.

    Vanda Hadarean
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    Vanda Hadarean.


[ Q ] Do you have any brothers/sisters?

    A: Yes, I have a brother and a sister. My sister is older and my brother younger.


[ Q ] How tall are you, and what's your contest and off-season weight?

    A: I am 5'3" tall. Normally I weigh around 116 lbs. For competition, I weigh around 112 lbs.


[ Q ] What is your contest history?

    A: I just started competing in Fitness in May of 2005. I entered fitness and fitness modeling, and came first and third.

    Then, in June, at the Fame World Championship I placed fifth in the fitness pro division and third in the modeling advanced division.

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    In August, I became Miss Fitness Canada by placing first in fitness. As a result of that competition I qualified for Ms. Fitness World held in Las Vegas in September. I placed forth at that competition.

    Then, as you know, I competed in the Sportlab model search and came first.


[ Q ] What got you started in fitness? How did you get started in athletics?

    A: My friend Yvette, encouraged me to compete. If it was not for her encouragement, I would not have thought to enter this fitness field.

    I have been competing in athletics all my life, since I was six years old. That's when I started gymnastics. That escalated to competitive gymnastics for my home country of Romania, where I went on to medal in European, World, and Olympic competitions.

    Vanda Hadarean, Gymnast
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    Vanda, As A Gymnast.

    Gymnastics Competition Record.
    Year Competition Rank/Team/Placing
    1990 Chunichi Cup 14th AA
    1991 Jr. Euros 1st AA, 1st UB, 4th FX, 6th B
    1991 Worlds 3rd Team
    1991 Swiss Cup 7th AA
    1991 Arthur Gander Memorial 3rd AA
    1992 Balkan Championships 1st Team, 3rd AA
    1992 Medico Cup 3rd AA
    1992 Euros 3rd AA, 4th B, 6th UB, 7th FX
    1992 Olympics 2nd Team
    1993 American Cup 6th AA
    1993 International Mixed Pairs 10th AA
    1993 Swiss Cup 14th AA
    1993 Arthur Gander Memorial 7th AA


[ Q ] What keeps you motivated to keep training hard and eating right?

    A: Firstly, I like the fact that I am a competitive athlete again. Also, I like to stay healthy all year long. And, finally, the next competition gives me a goal to shoot for.


[ Q ] What does your supplementation plan look like during the year, and also before you go into a show?

    A: Along with a healthy meal plan, I take vitamins and minerals. I also like protein shakes sometimes. Nothing really changes for me as I go into a show; I try and maintain the same healthy habits throughout the year.


[ Q ] What kind of training routine do you follow?

    A: I mostly go to the gym in the mornings. Doing the normal things such as, cardio, weights, and stretching. As I approach a competition, I will also practice my routine which is a great workout in itself.

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[ Q ] What is the biggest highlight of your career?

    A: Of my fitness career, I would have to say winning Miss Fitness Canada.


[ Q ] What tips can you give to women who want to get into fitness and fitness modeling?

    A: I encourage women who want to get into fitness to begin by making realistic goals. Also to learn to eat healthy, and try to understand what your body needs. Take every training opportunity seriously as every workout is a plus or minus towards your competition.

    I also believe skin care is important because you tend to be in the spotlight in this field.

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[ Q ] What future shows will you be in?

    A: In January 2006, I will be competing in the Fitness World Grand Prix representing Canada in Bucharest, Romania. I also want to compete in regional competitions, Fame World championships in June, Miss Fitness Canada, and of course end my competitive year off by winning the Ms. Fitness world championship in September.

    So far I have enjoyed competing with Fame, Neutron, and now look forward to competing with Sportlab.


[ Q ] What magazines have you been in over the course of your career?


[ Q ] What advice do you have for competitors and other people who live the active lifestyle?

    A: Keep going. Everyone feels better when they exercise. Get to know people that can motivate you and be a support system for you.

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[ Q ] How much of your on-stage condition do you attribute to nutrition? Training? Supplementation? Which one of these is the most important? And why?

    A: Nutrition is very important. Making eating healthy a habit really helps you overall in this arena - with looks and the way you feel.

    Training is also extremely important. This is a competitive field... If you want to be among the top athletes you have to set goals and train hard to accomplish them. Giving your body what it needs is important to achieve those high levels of success.

    From multivitamins to minerals and protein shakes after a workout, give your body what it needs. I believe all three are important. It's tough to excel without all three - especially training and nutrition.


[ Q ] In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?

    A: I am hoping to be involved in this industry in a business sense and also a personal sense. I hope to continue to be an inspiration to others to be healthy and active!

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