NAME: Jay Darko
CURRENT POSITION: Project Manager
WHERE IS YOUR HOME TEAM: Gold Coast, Queensland
WHO DO YOU PLAY FOR NOW: Broadbeach
WHAT’S YOUR GAME PLAN: To become a WBFF Pro, break the American Fitness industry and land a well-known fitness magazine cover.
WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE IT: I have always had a passion for health and fitness but decided to keep this as a hobby instead of pursuing it as a career. I recently competed in the WBFF (World Beauty Fitness & Fashion) show on the Gold Coast and I was placed in the top 5 in the muscle model division. I received overwhelming and positive feedback, which has only made me more determined to compete again and earn a pro card in October this year, when I will hopefully return to the stage!
LIST 1 OR 2 ‘GOLD MEDAL’ MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE: Graduating from university, signing with Chadwick models in Sydney, and getting involved in modelling for well-known national campaigns such as Peter Alexander and Jeans West. I was also fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to move to New York and sign with EMG Models but was reluctant to make the move as I decided to finish my degree and focus on my career.
WHO ARE YOUR CHAMPIONS: Dwayne Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other bodybuilding figures for their dedication, persistence and motivation.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES AN EVERYDAY CHAMPION: An everyday champion needs to work like a champion. There’s no avoiding this basic lesson. If you don’t have the drive to show up, outwork everyone and rely on your own two hands to get the job done, you can never be a leader and you won’t be destined for success.
WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO: Be humble, be hungry and always be the hardest worker in the room. You only get one chance in this life so make the most of it.
Images courtesy of Russell Fleming Photography