Debbie Keen, a 52-year-old personal trainer and mum-of-two has just returned triumphant from an ‘I Compete Natural (ICN)’ bodybuilding competition in Sydney, winning gold in her age group and category. While she is still considered an amateur natural bodybuilder (drug free), Debbie has had over 10 years’ experience and won a huge collection of trophies and titles.
Growing up in the New South Wales outback town of Broken Hill in the early 70s, Debbie had no idea that the world of female bodybuilding even existed. Back then it was all about eating meat-and-two-veg and playing team sport. Her first foray into the world of fitness began following the birth of her first child, Trent.
“I felt really uncomfortable with the extra baby weight I had gained, so with a few other mums, I joined a local gym in my then home of Dubbo,” she says.