Kylie Rae Conroy
Medical Student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
5’7” 135 lbs
DIVA BIKINI MODEL
Where do you live?
Kansas City, MO. Soon to be Philadelphia, PA for my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations.
What are your athletic achievements and competition history?
NCAA Division I Collegiate Softball, Baylor University (3yrs), Loyola Marymount University (1yr)
· Big XII Conference First Team All-Academic (2005, 2006)
· 2nd Team All West Coast Conference (2007)
2-Time Creekview High School Female Athlete of the Year (Volleyball, Softball, Swimming, Track)
· Set district and school records in pole vault, discus, and several swimming events
At my 1st competition in March, The Arnold Amateur in Columbus, OH, I received 7th Place Bikini E
What or who inspires you to compete?
My future patients inspire me. I hope to be an example for them that achieving a healthy lifestyle is possible no matter what time intensive challenges you may face in your life. Most of the morbidity and mortality in North America today is primarily related to lifestyle choices, i.e. obesity, tobacco use, etc. I hope to be a source of inspiration and knowledge for my patients regarding health and fitness, not just another person preaching to them in the “do as I say, not as I do” kind of way.
I am also inspired each day, with each workout, by people like Josiah Viera, who are limited by disability and/or disease, yet don’t let it stand in the way of participating in the sports that they love.
What excites you most about competing with the WBFF?
Paul Dillett and the entire WBFF organization have created something very special here. This will be my 1st show with the WBFF, and I am very excited because I know this federation is going to continue its journey up, up, up. The organization is full of quality, respectable athletes required to always be on their game. It seems like the opportunities are endless with the support and promotion of the WBFF, and I am so thankful to be able to take part in this show.
What are your future goals?
My passions in life are medicine and fitness. With respect to medicine, my goal is to continue on my journey in becoming a caring and competent physician. I haven’t quite decided on my specialty yet, but it will likely involve sports medicine. My future aspirations the fitness industry are to continue to compete and work on my physique, earn my pro card, and become a published fitness model and writer. I would like to blend medicine and fitness together by becoming a medical contributor to various fitness publications. As a competitor and physician in training, I believe I can bring something very unique to the fitness world, and I am very excited to see what lies ahead. My ultimate goal however is to remain balanced, maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit and to serve others by helping them do the same.
What obstacles have you overcome to achieve your goals?
Medical school and getting ready to take first set of medical boards next month are huge time hoarders. There are days when I spend 12 hours in the library, so when it comes time for my workout I am very thankful for the break. If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have never thought I could commit to the life of a competitor and pursue these goals while still in med school. My 1st was a big adjustment, and I only made it to the gym maybe twice a month. I went from the best shape of my life as a college athlete, to the worst in a matter of 9 months. I felt like I was sacrificing my health to learn how to care for the health of others. However, this past fall, through the inspiration of my mother that all changed.
When my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor it really put life into perspective for me. I missed a great deal of school to be with her during her treatment. During that time, I found it was possible to still remain successful in school while taking time out in my life for other important things. My mom always loved watching me compete in sports, so what better way to get back in shape and give her something to be proud of than to train for and participate in my first fitness competition? During her recovery, I began my training in December and competed in the Arnold Amateur in March, placing 7th. The fleur de lies I have embellished on the back of my competition suit is in my mother’s honor. (She was born and raised in New Orleans.)
My classmates think I’m crazy for taking all of this on, and I can’t train as much as I would like to, but I am finding a way to make it work. Everyone faces challenges in life, but if you want something bad enough there is no amount of work that is too much and no obstacle too great….go after it, because you never know what you can achieve!
Anyone you would like to thank who has been a part of your fitness journey?
Dad, for instilling the principles of a solid work ethic within me at a young age. Mom, for always being my greatest fan. My husband Mark, who has been supportive every step of the way. Also, my new sponsor Cathy Savage Fitness and the entire Savage sisterhood.
How can people find out more about you?
You can see more of my story at: http://cathysavage.com/ray-of-light/aprils-ray-of-light-kylie-rae-conroy/
Find me on facebook.com/kylierae
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To register for the WBFF Central US Championships 2012 please go to http://register.wbffshows.com/