Dawn Fernandez Wins Overall at North American Figure Championships

Dawn Fernandez is the 2012 NPC North Americans Figure Champion.

Dawn Fernandez capped her stunning rise up the national figure ranks with an overall win at the North Americans this past weekend. The Phoenix, Arizona native started competing in bikini in 2009 and was soon encouraged to switch to figure. She’s been a consistent top-ten competitor in the division ever since.

This has easily been her best year. Dawn almost turned pro at Jr. Nationals (she finished second in the tall class) and again at USAs (she placed third with the top two earning pro cards) before her big win over more than one hundred figure women in Pittsburgh.

The picture in this post is from Dawn’s debut shoot at the Arnold over a year ago when she was just beginning to make her mark in the sport. Even back then, there was a look of determination in her eyes that suggested she was a future pro.

Unlike previous North Americans, all class winners turned pro this year. But Dawn left no doubt in topping six class winners for the overall title. The peaking and polished 42-year-old hasn’t made plans for her pro debut yet, but with four competitions this year, she’s due for a rest—and a little celebration.

Click here to check out an interview that Dawn did with Muscular Development after her North Americans win.

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~ by Dean Sucich on September 5, 2012.

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