Firefighter Sarah is just one rung from top of bodybuilding ladder
SHE is climbing the ladder of success.
And firefighter Sarah Hallett is just one rung from reaching top of the world after flexing her muscles this year.
The 43-year-old has just come second in the National Amateur Body Builders' Association's Miss Universe competition.
Her second place follows on from her success when she was named Miss Britain back in May — and her achievements are all the more remarkable as she spending her working life as a firefighter at Sketty Fire Station.
She said: "I was born in Swansea but my parents emigrated to Darwin in Australia in 1974.
"Around 12 years ago, I came back and I am still here.
I have been a full-time firefighter for about eight years now and in 2007 I competed at the World Firefighter Games as a long distance runner.
"When we were there we watched the female body building competition, I was in better shape than the girl who won.
"The next games in 2008 were in Liverpool so I decided to train for that. I won that and it has progressed from there.
"At Miss Universe I got pipped to the post by a Brazilian girl — she was quite a bit younger than me.
"It was a fantastic experience — my class was made up of 15 girls from places like Korea, Australia, France, a real international field. It was so enjoyable."
After reaching such heights, Sarah will be taking a well-earned break before resuming her intense training regime.
"It can be difficult fitting it in with work," Sarah, who lived with her daughter Tyler in Townhill, said.
"Normally it is an hour of gym work and then two hours cardio.
"Tyler was extremely proud of me but thinks I am insane.
"She loves coming along to support me and she eats healthily but other than that she is happy to let me crack on.
"The guys at work have been so supportive as well, so I would like to thank them for everything.
"It is hard work but we have a great time."