I was born on 12 December 1976, in Truro, Cornwall, England, UK. I had chronic athsma, so I didn't participate in any strenuous physical activities to speak of, though I would have liked to. At 14 years of age, I came across a BB Magazine belonging to a college student who was staying with my family, and I was completely inspired by the way the women looked.
Woman To Get Her Pro Card
It took 3 months until I had built up enough courage to finally go to the gym... and I'll always remember what I said, at 107 lbs., straight up and down in shape... I said to the gym owner's wife, "I want to build muscle", to a reply of, "now you leave that to the men, dear". But her husband game me a 3 split routine a week and for 2 years I did that routine and gained 91 pounds, while eating only 3 meals a day and no supplements.
By 17 I had a burning desire so strong to be a bodybuilder and I knew what I was to do with my life. It's hard to explain, I now see it as something I was meant to do and be, a bodybuilder first and then I wanted to compete. By 17 I began training and a bodybuilding lifestyle and my motivation came from within.
Joanna's Contest History
I first competed in England at age 20, got my pro card at the British Championships at 21, and took 2 years to prepare for a pro show in the USA. My pro debut was at the 2001 Jan Tana, which I won, qualifying me for the Ms. Olympia and achieving the dream of getting up on the Ms.O stage. After taking some time off and focusing on things other than bodybuilding, I came back to compete in the Jan Tana again in '03, but didn't prepare quite long enough to achieve the condition I was after. You'll see me onstage again soon enough... so stay tuned!
EFBB Northeast Qualifier MW 1st 1997
EFBB British Championships LW 3rd 1997
EFBB Northwest Qualifier MW 1st 1998
EFBB British Championships LW 1st & Overall (pro card) 1998