Rosa-Maria Romero has established herself as one of IFBB’s top Figure athletes after her second consecutive invitation to compete at the 2011 Arnold Classic Ms. Figure International, the most prestigious event for Professional Figure Competitors. Having only picked up her first set of weights in 2003, after the birth of her two children (Dylan & Jaime), she went on to compete in her first show, the WNSO-ANB Australian Figure Championships taking top honors and winning her first National Title. It’s been uphill since day one and at age 35, she is showing no signs of slowing down.
Rosa was very athletic growing up and played many sports including netball, tennis & field hockey. Naturally a competitive person, it was evident she would take the bodybuilding world by storm when she first stepped out on stage in 2003. It’s not every day that someone competes for the first time and takes out a national title! It was at this point that Rosa discovered a true passion for the sport and set out to achieve her goal of turning Pro and competing on the Olympia stage. Her dream came true in 2010 when she placed third at the Pro Figure show in Phoenix, making her the first female ever from Australia to qualify for the Figure Olympia.
Any person who has seen Rosa compete will always comment on her gracefulness and confidence as she performs every move. She is thankful for her extensive background in dance that she commenced at an early age. Her first dance lesson was at the age of three and over the years she performed at lots of eisteddfods, functions, television shows, and concerts.
She studied contemporary jazz, ballet, tap, character, and flamenco, however, became extremely passionate about flamenco, the traditional dance from Spain and this brought her closer to her culture and background. Her parents were born in Spain and immigrated to Australia in 1961. Her grandparents were part Filipino and Spanish. Her Grandmother was born and raised in the Philippines. Rosa is so proud of her culture and background and believes she would not be where she is today without her traits and heritage.
At the age of 16, Rosa established her very own Flamenco Dance School (Spanish Rose Dance Studio). Her students ranged from children as young as 2yrs through to adults. She also began teaching Aerobics at various Health Clubs and schools and became a certified Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor.
Shortly after, she was introduced to competitive aerobics and competed at State and National levels. Rosa won the NSW state title and was runner-up in the Nationals.
With numerous titles under her belt, Rosa has been crowned Miss Australia 3 times. In 2006, she was granted Pro Status after placing 4th at the IFBB World Women’s Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships in Santa Susana Spain, making her the highest-ever placed Australian female in the sport’s history at this event.
Rosa currently resides in Sydney Australia and has committed herself to the health and fitness industry, promoting the sport worldwide. She has established herself as Australasia’s favorite fitness model appearing on numerous covers including Iron Man, Oxygen Magazine, and New Zealand Fitness, and is frequently on television promoting fitness and beauty products.
Rosa is South Pacific’s/Oceania’s number one IFBB Pro Figure athlete & officially ranked 10th in the world (Professional Figure). She is the first Australasian female to grace the Arnold Classic Figure International stage, an invitation-only event and the most prestigious for Professional Figure competitors. She is also the first female from down under to have qualified for the Figure Olympia in Las Vegas & without a doubt ‘Australia’s most successful exponent of the sport of all time.’
CONGRATULATIONS to Rosa on her second consecutive invitation to compete at the 2011 Arnold Classic Ms. Figure International, featuring the top 16 athletes from around the world. March 3rd – 6th Columbus OHIO