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Dawne Braden

Iron Will Award Candidate:
Dawne Braden


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Dawne's Submission:

My name is Dawne Braden and I am 43 yrs young, married, with 3 girls.

Growing up, I have never been an active person. I started this journey about 6 yrs ago, tired of being a skinny-fat person, and struggling with low self-confidence, a lack of self-esteem and a poor body image. I do not have a curvy figure at all, in fact I am a stick, and I thought it was time for change and the only way to do that was to hit the gym!

I could see the change in my physique and confidence quickly and wanted more! Watching those muscles grow is one of the biggest, natural highs I have experienced, and I was responsible for that change!

The last few years I have had people come up to me and ask what I was training for, or if I have competed. I am also an extremely shy and quiet person, so for me to do this is not of my character. Yet with many years of reading Oxygen and always dreaming of hitting the stage, last year I decided to push my body further, spread my wings and walked on to the stage for the first time!

I am back again, changing my body once more. I am feeling stronger and lifting heavier.

Thru this journey, I have gained more self-confidence and respect for myself and the human body and what this miraculous machine can do, when treated well and taken care of.

I do this sport because I want to live a long, healthy, happy life. I do this sport for the love and passion for it, and for the wonderful friends I have made along the way. I do this sport for my family, to show them to take care of their bodies, mind and spirit. I do this sport for all the women of all ages and body types, to know that it is o.k. to be scared, but once you make that decision to transform yourself, the possibilities are endlessly rewarding! I do this sport to show that age is only a number,it is not an excuse to hold yourself back from anything that you dare to dream!

We are all winners, by pushing our minds and bodies to the limits, and being part of that 3% that place ourselves on display for everyone to admire and critique.

Thank you


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