Ath­lete’s suc­cess spurred by ill­ness

Pilbara News - - Sport - Court­ney Fowler

Less than two years af­ter Letty McEwan was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour, the Kar­ratha ath­lete has over­come chronic ill­ness to com­pete in the In­ter­na­tional Nat­u­ral Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships in Can­berra.

McEwan was the only WA rep­re­sen­ta­tive to re­ceive a podium fin­ish on the week­end, plac­ing fifth over­all in the bikini cat­e­gory.

Her jour­ney to the na­tion­als be­gan three months ago when McEwan was en­tered in the INBA North West ti­tles by her per­sonal trainer and placed first in two cat­e­gories of the bikini com­pe­ti­tion.

She then placed third over­all in the State ti­tles in Perth.

McEwan said be­fore Fe­bru­ary she had never been to a gym, but a flare-up of her ill­ness prompted her to make dras­tic changes to her lifestyle.

“Two years ago I had a be­nign tu­mour on my pi­tu­itary gland re­moved in France and re­ceived the all-clear,” she said.

“But shortly af­ter mov­ing to Aus­tralia the doc­tors dis­cov­ered the tu­mour wasn’t all gone and it be­gan to make me sick again be­cause my hor­mones were all over the place.

“As it was too dan­ger­ous to op­er­ate on, I was left with two choices: wait for it to make me re­ally ill again or do some­thing to help my body and fight the tu­mour.

“And that’s how my jour­ney to the INBA cham­pi­onships be­gan.”

McEwan said her fit­ness regime at Life and Soul Gym in Kar­ratha had trans­formed her life.

“I am liv­ing with­out med­i­ca­tion at the mo­ment and it’s be­cause of the gym,” she said.

“It’s been a men­tal thing as well — com­pet­ing has brought me con­fi­dence and made me feel bet­ter within my­self.

“That’s why I don’t want to stop — I love win­ning, of course, but I know it makes my health bet­ter.”

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