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LA GRANGE – At this time last year Donna Williams was a new kid on the block in bodybuilding – now she’s the competitor everyone is chasing.
Williams, 33, of La Grange, will defend her lightweight bodybuilding division championship at the Kentucky Muscle Strength and Fitness Extravaganza this weekend at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.
“I am ready for this,” Williams said. “I know right now I am at my best.”
Williams won the lightweight division for competitors at 125 pounds or lower last year.
She is fresh off the lightweight and overall women’s title at the Northern Natural USA competition in Cleveland, Ohio.
This weekend’s event will be just her second show of the year as she preps for the Team Universe competition in New York next year, one of the biggest shows on the circuit.
Williams, a single mom who battled a eating disorder with her body building training, is an EMT with the Oldham County EMS.
She will go through pre-judging at noon Saturday and the finals at 7 p.m. that evening.
The competition features several different divisions in both men’s and women’s body building and figure judging in addition to a motorcycle show and an arm wrestling competition.
The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday. For information, visit kentuckymuscle.com.
Williams, who will train up to six days a week with weights and twice a day at times in cardio work, uses her competition to promote a healthy lifestyle. In the past year she has become a personal trainer.
“The more you learn the better you are at it,” Williams said.
She also dedicates her performances to members of the armed forces, her brother Owl’n is a member of the U.S. Air Force and has done tours of duty in Iraq.
Williams said the support of co-workers at the South Oldham fire station from where she is dispatched most of the time has been a key.
“Everyone at the South Oldham Fire Department has been so supportive,” Williams said. “They have been the world’s best support group for me this year.”
Williams said she will use the competition and her training to continue to educate people, and especially women, about living a healthier lifestyle.
Williams is also a big supporter of the American Cancer Society along with several of the contest sponsors who provide literature and screenings at the competitions.
“I want women to be aware they are not going to be deformed with just a little bit of weight training,” Williams said. “There are so many misconceptions about the sport and about training in general. I don’t care about making money or getting trophies. Those are nice, but the important thing is to get people to eat healthy and exercise so they can live a better and more fun life.”
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