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La Grange’s Williams heading
to NYC to compete with the pros

The firefighter turned to
bodybuilding to ovecome bulimia

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(September 2009) – Donna Williams has always been athletic. Now she has taken her passion for sports to the next level through intense training to compete in a national bodybuilding competition.

Donna Williams

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Donna Williams hopes
to turn pro after her
contest in New York
City this month.

Williams, 35, overcame bulimia to pursue bodybuilding. “I was looking for an out to make myself better,” she said. Bodybuilding just “seemed to fit my lifestyle.”
This single mother of a teenage son, Clayton, became serious about the sport in March 2007. There is so much misconception about the sport, she said. Her goal is to “let women know it’s OK to bodybuild.”
Originally from Trimble County, Williams has worked in the medical field as an Oldham County paramedic for several years. She is also a volunteer firefighter but is inactive now because of her intense competition training schedule, which consists of three hours a day.
In September she will travel to New York City to compete in Team Universe, a national women and men’s bodybuilding competition held on Sept. 18-19. Team Universe was designed for the Olympics but was phased out a few years ago, she said.
She presently holds a National Level title as a Female All Natural Bodybuilder. If she wins this competition, she will achieve professional status in the International Federation of Bodybuilding.
In October 2008, Williams competed in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Natural Northern USA Bodybuilding Champion-ship, winning the Lightweight Division in the Women’s Over-All Championship. A month later, Williams competed in the Kentucky Muscle Show in Louisville. Once again, she won the Lightweight Division in the Women’s Over-All Championship.
“I’ve competed in one or two other smaller shows to get to this point,” she said. Williams is proud of the fact that she is a natural competitor, one who is not chemically enhanced.
Her future goals for the sport include a desire to be a representative for a reputable supplemental company and to educate people about the sport. She has been a personal trainer for the last year and “wants to educate youth against eating disorders,” she said. Since she had a constant issue with weight due to her bulimia, learning to eat properly provided her with a better lifestyle.
When it comes to training, “it all starts in the kitchen,” said Williams. She generally gears her lifestyle away from “diets” but maintains a strict eating regiment. “It’s hard to look at yourself in the mirror and see where you need to go.”
For that reason, Williams has her own personal trainer, Blair Mone of The Fitness Factory in Louisville. “Blair has made me believe in myself again,” said Williams. Participating in this sport “is not easy on family. It’s a job in itself.”
She advises that anyone interested in getting into bodybuilding speak to their doctor first to make sure they can physically endure what it takes to become a bodybuilder. It is a sport that takes a lot of dedication, discipline, will power and time, she said.
Williams has the staying power to succeed. “It’s never too late to be healthy.”

• A Cornhole Tournament fundraiser will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Dairy Queen in La Grange on Sunday, Sept. 13, to raise money for Williams’ travel expenses. Registration begins at noon, and the cost is $30 per team. Payout will be 40 percent. Raffles will be held for gift certificates for area companies and extra games will be included. This tournament is hosted by Bluegrass Cornhole Co. For more information, call (502) 643-0405 or visit www.BluegrassCornholeCompany.com. For more information on Team Universe visit: www.BevFrancis.com.

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