Ballarat strong-woman Simone Anderson is set to head north to challenge herself against some of the world's best.
The 45-year-old Anderson is one of six women who qualified for the Static Monsters World Championships on the Gold Coast this Sunday in the masters category.
Anderson has seen a meteoric rise through the sport across her 18 months of training. She told The Courier she only got involved with weight lifting because it was different and seemed fun.
"I used to do boxing and I would look over and see the girls lifting and I thought it just looked like a bit of fun," she said.
"It was around January 2018 that I first started getting involved and once I had competed in my first competition that was it, I was hooked. As a woman it's very empowering to be able to lift these weights, it's almost like it provides a sense of showing people you can do something they think you can't."
See a display of Anderson's strength below:
Anderson said the support within the weight-lifting and strong-women community is like nothing she had ever experienced before in a sporting environment.
"The camaraderie and support that is within the community is so different to anything I've ever experienced... everyone is just so encouraging to each other."
Anderson spent her youth outdoors playing on her family's 20 acre property and competing in sport. She believes the strong-women competition is perfect for her.
"I've always been strong... when I was a kid mum and dad bought a 20 acre block and we would run around and build mud brick houses and dig trenches."
Anderson's coach Kay Hodgson said her development had been so rapid due to her commitment to the sport.
"She's been a dream to coach because she's just so dedicated to getting better," Hodgson said.
Anderson trains four days a week for up to two and a half hours a session, followed by a strict rehabilitation and nutrition program.
Hodgson is hoping for a top-five finish from Anderson on Sunday but knows winning is basically impossible because of the competition's layout.
"Simone will be competing with some women up to 40 kilograms heavier than her because the masters group has no age brackets."
While winning may be out of the question, putting up big numbers and performing well for herself is the top priority for Anderson.
"I'm hoping to get a 200 kilogram dead-lift, it's something I've been working really hard for," Anderson said.
"I know it's going to be difficult to compete with some of the heavier women but as long as I perform my best at the weekend I'll be happy."
Hodgson and a group of Anderson's training partners will travel up to the Gold Coast to support her at the championships.
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