THE JOURNEY TO MY PASSION- THE STAGE- Where it all began
My full name is Ashley Mae Sebera and I was born and raised in Seven Hills Ohio. Recently I just relocated to Broadview Hts Ohio June of 2010. I just graduate from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science, major fashion merchandising minor in marketing. I have always been a driven person who always sets goals high and goes beyond the limits to achieve anything that is possible.
It all started with my father who is a competitor and that was in my blood. I’m a very competitive person and always strive for the best. I was a competitive gymnast for 15 years. I started at the age of 2 in a “mom and tot” class and from that moment on that was my passion. Throughout those years I was State Champ, District Champ, Regional Champ, and made it to the Nationals. I was a top level competitor (level 10/ elite gymnast). Back in 2001, I qualified for the Junior Olympics which was held Virginia. I made it onto many US National teams throughout my career and traveled all over.
It all came to a crashing stop when injuries were just pounding on top of one another. I broke my nose at the Jr. Olympics, had stress fractures in my back, broke my ankle at a Regional Competition, and while practicing for the National qualifier a year later broke the same ankle and had to get rushed in for emergency reconstructive surgery. My doctor told me that my career had to come to an end and that was the worst news I have ever heard from somebody. It was my passion, my life, and dream to continue what I loved the most. Gymnastics taught me lifelong lessons that I continue to use every day to always be determined and go for the gold in everything you do.
After my gymnastics career was over, I took up diving for a year and was very successful in that as well. Within my first year, I won regular meets, place 1st for the district qualifier, was district champ in women’s diving, and qualified for states. Although I had a “like” for diving, it was not something that I loved like gymnastics.
I was always interested in competitions and weight training since I had that background from gymnastics. I was always interested in body building competitions and so intrigued on how the body worked with muscle training and development. I found amazing trainers Sarah Block and Ryan Block, who are now one of my best friends to get me on the right path. I started dieting for my first show in December 2010 aiming for a show April the 2nd. I remember walking into their living room being so very intimidated by their amazing physiques and didn’t know how I was going to be able to do this coming from where I was, but I was 100% determined to do everything I could to achieve my best results. April 2nd came around and I place first in Bikini class B at the NPC Natural Ohio, national qualifier, and competed in the overall. Also, I finished a second show where I placed 8th out of 23 girls in one class at the Mike Francois Classic, competed in North Americans for bikini and finished my bikini career with a 3rd place finish in Oct. 2011.
I remember walking off stage saying, “this is what I love to do”, COMPETE, but this was not what I had in mind. As a little girl I watched fitness competitions on ESPN with my father and remember telling myself this is what I want to do when I grow up. I had no idea where to get started or who to contact to see if fitness was still around. I had a good friend Nick Morano in the audience after the Oct. show and I was telling him I want something where I can show my gymnastics background and skills but had no clue who to talk to that was in the industry of fitness. He had mentioned the genereal manager of Powerhouse Gym Amanda Hatfield (IFBB PRO FITNESS) was just the person to contact. Than the road to SUCCESS began!!!