Aboriginal women representing her heritage in fitness competition
A LOCAL Biloela woman will be competing in the Gladstone ICN Tropix competition this weekend.
Leah Mulholland, single mother of three, would have never imagined she would be in a fitness competition when she began her fitness journey a couple of years years ago.
"I started losing weight just over two years ago but competition preparation has only been in the last 16 weeks," Leah said.
It was her can-do attitude and motivation to have a better lifestyle for her children that prompted her journey.
"I just looked at myself one day and thought, nope that's it," she said.
"So I made a start on my fitness journey and then for me to actually go further I went to CQU here in Biloela and studied my certificate III in Fitness."
"I needed to show my children that anything is possible."
While the number on the scales have not dramatically reduced, Leah said the numbers outside the scale have been what mattered the most.
"The kilos for me wasn't the problem at the start, it was my measurements around my waist," she said.
"I haven't lost many kilos at all but I have shrunk quite a few dress sizes and gained a lot of muscle mass."
Changing her lifestyle has not only improved Leah's physical state but it has also changed her relationship with her children positively.
"My children love it, they say oh wow Mum you did it," Leah said.
"If they want to go to the park now, I am not going to sit on the benches and have a smoke, I can actually go out there and play with them."
Promoting her own healthy lifestyle has instilled a motivation into her children as well.
"My daughters have said maybe one day they would like to compete and my eldest daughter gets in and does the workouts with me," Leah said.
The Gladstone ICN Tropix competition is Central Queensland's largest physique, fitness and bikini competition with contestants from all over the country.
This weekend's competition will be Leah's first fitness competition and she will be competing in the Bikini Momma novice and Fitness Sports Model 30+ stages.
"I am a bit excited and anxious but at the same time I just want it to be done so I can eat my doughnut at the end," Leah laughed.
"I would love to place but I am happy just to have the experience to be able to compete."
Another reason Leah was inspired to compete in the fitness competition was to represent her Aboriginal heritage.
Leah has aboriginal descendent on both her mother and father's side that go back four to five generations.
"I just wanted to put it out there to people that it doesn't matter who you are, you can do it," Leah said.
Leah's heritage has also inspired her wear a Aboriginal coloured jewel encrusted bikini on stage.
"I chose the Aboriginal colours to be proud of my heritage, my culture and let my indigenious friends and family know there is no barrier to achieve your most wildest dreams," Leah said.