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All women fitness competition coming to Kamloops this weekend

Marny Williams will be competing in her seventh Femsport challenge in Kamloops this weekend. As one of the older athletes in the competition, Williams says it's a great way to stay healthy.
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KAMLOOPS - When she’s not busy working as a health and safety manager, or out camping with her family, Marny Williams likes to spend her free time flipping 270-pound tires and doing box jumps to prepare for the Femsport Challenge in Kamloops.

Williams will be participating in her seventh Femsport Women's Strength and Fitness Challenge on Saturday, May 26. The competition was started almost two decades ago for women of all ages and different athletic levels to test their strength and fitness.

Williams says the competition helps her stay healthy.

“I’m one of the older women in the competition, I’ll be 55 this year so it helps me feel like age is just a number,” Williams says. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can do anything.”

Williams first heard of the competition in 2010 through an instructor at her local gym. She thought it would be a great way to test herself physically and found it more inviting when she found out it was an all-women fitness competition.

“I think it’s really inspiring for other women to see what we can do,” she says. “You need to train a little bit for it, but it’s just great to see women of all ages, shapes and fitness levels out there.’'

Williams says she trains a couple times a week. Her main focus is trying to improve her box jump records. Box jumping is when athletes start from a squat and jump onto a box at least 61 centimetres.

“I always try and beat my last time if I can, the box jumps are my biggest challenge,” she says.

After competing for several years, Williams says she still finds herself getting nervous a couple days before the competition.

“It’s challenging, but when you’re out there, you get the adrenaline that kicks in and once you hear the announcers say, ‘go’, you don’t even think about the nerves,” she says.

Women participating in the competition can register as individuals or part of a team. Williams says she likes to perform alone.

“I try and tell myself it's not a competition and I’m not there to compete against anyone,” she says, adding making sure she enjoys herself is an important part of her experience.

For those interested in watching the competition, they can do so for free. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Sahali Mall parking lot and runs until 5 p.m. Some of the activities in the competition include tire drags, sandbag burpees, kettlebell lifts and obstacle courses.

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