Built for success: Sharon Simpson holds her trophy after winning the 2010 National Bodybuilders Association Queensland Championships.
Built for success: Sharon Simpson holds her trophy after winning the 2010 National Bodybuilders Association Queensland Championships. Valerie Horton

Woman shapes up for national title

IT’S NO wonder Sharon Simpson is feeling so confident right now.

The Hervey Bay body-builder has won a Queensland body-building title in the Open Women’s Physique class – and now she will head to Sydney to compete in the national titles.

It’s been a long hard road for Sharon, who has spent years perfecting her form and poses, but now it is all coming together and she is determined to take advantage of it.

While most body-builders only compete in one or two competitions a year the nationals will mark Sharon’s fourth competition of the year – but she wants to make the most of her terrific run of form.

Sharon was interested in body-building when she was a teen and in her early 20s, but motherhood and a busy career meant she had to give it away.

She never lost her passion, however, and after five years of relentless training she is now back at her peak.

It’s not always easy – she trains for three hours a day, seven days a week, and admits the dietary requirements, which includes a strict no carbs policy, can be torture.

“You do get low on carbs and you can’t think very straight,” she said.

With the support of her family and partner she managed to get through it all and now she is thrilled to be competing at the national titles – and even has one eye on the world titles if she does well in Sydney.

Sharon has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people helping her achieve her dreams, with some offering to pay for accommodation and one friend donating money for airfares.

“They have really got behind me,” she said.



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