Life changing injuries didn’t stop one Spalding lady from building the strength to reach the top as she’s been named the first competitive female body builder in the UK.
Sam Watson became disabled after a nasty car accident seven years ago but has devoted her entire lifestyle to fitness since.
She said: “I severely broke both legs, fractured my pelvis and found strength and power I never knew I had to teach myself to walk again.
“The surgeon said it would take me twelve weeks to be back on my feet. It took me five weeks to be up and around on crutches.”
Sam also suffered a shattered knee cap, fractured left shin bone and shattered heel bone.
Today she has titanium rods holding her legs together and has been left with arthritis in her heel. The surgeon told Sam that by the time she was 60 she would need both hips replacing.
Sam said: “Before the accident I had no interest in fitness at all. It was only after the accident once I had regained the ability to again without too much aid that I decided to start the gym and build my strength up.”
Inspired back to health she put herself through college to become a personal trainer while spending her spare time training at Definitions Health and Fitness Gym, Spalding, daily.
She said: “They are the only gym in the area with the right equipment and room.”
The hard work paid off three weeks ago at the Hercules Olympia 2014 stage.
Sam’s first time on the competitive stage crowned her the country’s first female disabled body builder.
Since the show she’s has been to another event and entered the mixed couples classes at both with her training partner, Rob Harriss.
She said: “I’ve learned a lot from him, and I think I’ve taught him too. Even though being the first disabled female on stage in the UK was a dream for me, being on stage next to him meant a lot more.
“Our music was ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ which, with me being disabled and the first disabled female, we thought it quite apt.
“It had the audience standing.”
Sam said: “I hope my story might inspire people.
“I want to help others who have been through similar experiences, or born with disabilities. I want to be the one who does understand what it’s like.”