Q Tell us about your childhood
A I grew up in a family of six. I am the baby and I have got two older brothers and an older sister. They are all quite close in age, and there is a five-year gap between me and the second youngest. So I was always the young one that everyone could have good fun with. I remember my two brothers chasing me around the house with spud guns, and of course I was the telltale (laughs).
As we grew older, we all became very close and remained close. Growing up I was quite the tomboy. All of my cousins my age were male, so you would have found me out in the field or stuck up a tree building a treehouse - doing things I shouldn't have been doing, resulting in broken bones. But it's made me the person I am, it toughened me up.
My mum, Angela, looked after us. My daddy, Raymond, has a very successful construction business. The offices are close by the house, so he was never too far way.
Q What are you most proud of?
A My gym 'The Yard', which was completed in September 2020. There was an old building where Daddy's offices are in Portglenone, that I completely refurbished and did quite a bit of work too, to create an industrial stripped-back look.
The whole week it was due to be completed, was hectic. I remember the Saturday it was finished, I stayed in the gym until about 9pm adding all the finishing touches. I thought, 'This is the first time in my life I have been properly proud of myself', because I planned and designed everything myself, and because I knew how much hard work was involved. I felt a bit emotional.
At the minute all my clients are female, but I plan to branch out to train males.
Q The one regret you wish you could amend?
A I don't know, I know it sounds like a cliche, but I think everything happens for a reason. That's my outlook. You will always have wee tumbles here and there, but you just have to pick yourself up and get on with it.
Q What about phobias. Do you have any?
A I don't think I have any. One thing that niggles me is when people lick ice-lolly sticks. The texture of the wooden stick gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Q The temptation you cannot resist?
A Any kind of food! Because I have a gym, people think that I only eat good food, but in my house I'm known as 'the bin' because I eat all the leftovers.
Q Your number one prized possession?
A The gym. Everything came from my own pocket to set it up. I feel so protective over it and it's my own wee baby. I could probably do without anything else.
I have always been into fitness, when I was growing up I Irish danced for 14 years. When I stopped dancing, I had a void where I didn't know what to do with my time. Then I started going to the gym and enjoyed it.
I went to uni and got a degree in engineering, after I graduated and took part in Miss NI in 2017 I took a year out. It was in that year out that I did my PT exams and started training people in my garage. I had found my love and everything fell into place. I had to decide whether to expand or go back into engineering, and I obviously decided to expand the business.
Q The book that's most impacted your life?
A I can't say I'm a reader, but James Smith brought out two books recently; Not a Diet Book, and Not A Life Coach.
James has a 'no rubbish' approach to lifestyle, fitness and nutrition. He promotes the vibe that you still have to live; just train, eat healthy and get on with your life. Don't do crazy diets or crazy training. Do something that you can sustain and do it for your own health. I learned a lot through his books and I find him quite relatable as a coach.
Q If you had the power or authority, what would you do?
A I would cure the innocent and sick. I have a new niece, Ide, who was born this year with a major heart condition and spent five months in the Royal. She's home now but I think, 'Why did you have to go through that suffering? You are so young and innocent'. So, If I could do anything, I would cure her and give her a simple life.
Q What makes your blood boil every time without fail?
A When someone takes my phone charger from my bedside and then has the cheek to chop and change leads and plugs.
Q Who has most influenced you in life?
A My parents. Growing up Daddy worked hard in the business, he left early in the morning and was not in until late at night.
We worked from no age, which is good as it made me learn the value of money. Daddy's work ethic has given me a good insight into the business side of life. Mammy has influenced me for more personal reasons, all the cooking, cleaning, looking after us, and for giving us a good telling off if we didn't have manners (laughs).
Q Your top three dinner party guests, dead or alive, and why?
A James Smith because of his knowledge. He is a very good businessman, he's brutally honest which I appreciate, and he's quite witty.
I would also invite Adam Sandler. I don't watch a lot of TV but if I were to choose a movie, it would probably be one with him in it.
The third one would be Simon Cowell. I know he has a direct personality and comes across as very cutting, but behind it all he's a huge businessman. He started off just scouting people and look where he is at now.
I think between those three, we would have a great debate with a bit of humour thrown in there as well.
Q The best piece of advice you've ever received?
A What's for you won't go by you.
I remember my Granny Sarah always saying that and it's so true. The older you get, the more you realise if something is meant to be, it will happen.
Q The unlikely interest or hobby that you love?
A I enjoyed doing my degree in engineering and I had a year on placement where I was out working on windfarms. I was working for Energia in Belfast and I spent 50% of my time in the office and 50% out on the windfarms which was amazing. I completely loved that side of it.
Q The happiest moment of your life?
A Winning Miss NI. I had put so much into it. It was a dream to achieve something like that; I was in the dress, I had got the crown, I would be known as Miss Northern Ireland, and would represent Northern Ireland in Miss World.
I knew all that was ahead. I was buzzing about that.
Any time I look at the photos, I remember exactly how I felt. Beforehand there was a big reveal song and it felt like that song was going on for about three days.
Hearing my name at the end of it then was amazing. I remember thinking 'This is it' and looking down and seeing all my family jumping and standing on the chairs. Mummy and Daddy came backstage afterwards and gave me the tightest hug and they were crying and I was crying; it was very emotional.
Q And the saddest?
A When I was at Miss World in China at the end of 2017, my granny died on the day of the final.
Mammy and Daddy had just arrived in China, and Daddy had to fly straight back home again. Coming home and having to go through the wake and the funeral, it was sad.
Q The poem that touches your heart?
A I genuinely don't know.
Q The one event that made a difference in your life?
A Without a doubt, Miss Northern Ireland. I know what I am doing at the minute seems completely unrelated, but it put me on a platform where I was able to put myself out there.
For the year of Miss NI, you are working for the agency but you do a lot of things alone. You go to events, you need to be organised and have good time management skills; I learned a lot in that year.
It also gave me the platform on social media, which helped when I opened my business. I don't think my gym would be as successful as it is, if it wasn't for Miss Northern Ireland because I wouldn't have had that platform to put myself out there.
Q What's the ambition that keeps driving you forward?
A I think when you are self-employed and have your own business, you are never content. I'm always hungry for more. I'm always thinking, 'What else can I do? What's my next goal?' Until I know that and until I'm working on it, I can't settle. I need to keep moving forward.
In 2021 I'd like to employ someone in the gym handing over the reins and giving someone else a bit of responsibility, feels like a massive step to me.
Q What's the philosophy that you live by?
A If you want something you have to work for it. Nothing in life comes easy.
From a young age Daddy drummed that into is. Nothing in life is free, you have to work for it. He is who I have to thank for where I am because I can assure you when the alarm goes off at 5am, there's many a day I'd love to hit snooze, but no if you are looking to succeed and you want to keep pushing forward, you just have to work.
Q How do you want to be remembered?
A As someone who did good in life, had a successful business, supported other people, supported charities, was genuine and good craic; hopefully things that are saying about me already. Although I think some of my clients could have other things to say (laughs).