Su­per­hu­man strength

Bid­will’s Martha Te­vita is Aus­tralia’ strong­est woman. She’s now pre­par­ing to chal­lenge for the world ti­tle.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

AUS­TRALIA’S strong­est woman is mak­ing a bid to show she is wor­thy of be­ing the world’s best.

Bid­will’s Martha Te­vita (pic­tured above) can lift a car with ease and carry up to 250kg on her back.

Af­ter less than a year in the field, the 26-year-old was crowned Aus­tralia’s strong­est woman at the Arnold Strong­women Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in March.

She is now set to take on the world, and will fly to South Africa in May to com­pete in the world cham­pi­onship.

“I still can’t be­lieve I have made it this far, I am so grate­ful and want to pave the way for youth to­day to tell them that any­thing is pos­si­ble,” Te­vita said.

Grow­ing up in Bid­will, Te­vita said she was not the epit­ome of health.

“I weighed more than 130kg and just hung around at home or went out drink­ing with friends,” she said.

“Last year I de­cided that wasn’t for me and started head­ing to the gym just to get fit and for a bit of fun.

“One day I was lift­ing weights with the boys and my coach no­ticed me and en­cour­aged me to en­ter a comp.

“I en­tered just for fun and I won – and I have never looked back.”

Te­vita has re­cently set up a Go Fund Me page in or­der to help pay for her trip to South Africa.

“What­ever your heart de­sires, whether it be lit­tle or big, it’ll mean the world to me if you could do­nate,” she said.

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Pic­ture: Peter Clark

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