Strongwoman Sue Metcalf pictured at one of her strongwoman events.
Strongwoman Sue Metcalf pictured at one of her strongwoman events. Supplied

Not your average woman

SHE may weigh just 67 kilograms, but Sue Metcalf can lift almost three times her own weight.

“You don't expect someone who looks like me to be a Strong Woman,” says Ms Metcalf, who will appear at the Australia's Strongest Man 2011 event in Lismore on July 16 and 17.

“I look quite normal in my suits; not overly muscly or anything and I am only 1.6m tall.”

But a Strong Woman she mostdefinitely is, finishing fifth last year in a national strength title in the United States and able to put 200 kilograms on her back and run with it.

In Lismore this month, Ms Metcalf, a principal practice support officer for the Department of Communities in Brisbane, will give the audience a demonstration of her strength – although she won't compete for a title. She will feature alongside 16 of the biggest, toughest blokes you'll ever see.

“They're the strongest group of athletes from all over Australia,” said national titles organiser Bill Lyndon. Organiser Severino Da Roit said the schedule of events would include a truck pull, car walk, dead lift, log lift and stone lift.

Competitors will be divided into two classes – the 105kg-and-underdivision and heavyweights.

Thirty-four-year-old Ms Metcalf, said that, in Australia, so few women were involved in the sport that she often had to train with males.

“I have been strength training for five years but only working on power lifting for two,” she said. “I like the idea that it is not only about being strong but also being powerful.”

She said her intense trainingschedule left her little time for other hobbies.

Her partner is also a body builder.

The Australia's Strongest Man 2011 will take place in Keen St and at Oakes Oval as part of the secondannual Lismore Festival of Fitness.

All proceeds raised from a bucket collection will go to the WestpacHelicopter Service.


Sue Metcalf's training regimen

Six days a week: Two hours at the gym

Saturdays: Three-hour event-training.

Her diet is based on: Breakfast: Oats and protein powder; Mid-morning: Egg whites and vegetables; Lunch: Sweet potato, vegetables and fish or chicken; Mid-afternoon: Protein shake and fruit;

Dinner: Fish or chicken and vegetables

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