A BILLINGE body-builder is back on the circuit - despite losing a leg.
Glamorous Sharon Stone has been hailed a true inspiration after returning to the hobby she adores.
Today she paid tribute to the “super-supportive” staff at Catt’s Gym where she had been a weight-lifting regular before suffering the serious road accident in 2004 which would eventually result in the amputation.
Last weekend, Sharon appeared in her first show since her return to the circuit 12 months ago – the National Amateur Body Builders Association North West Show in Southport – and she went down a storm with fans.
She said: “I am always at the gym, they can tell that I train and I am dedicated and I suppose that goes down well and shows what you can still do despite it all.
“When I saw people like Heather Mills dancing as an amputee I thought it was the best thing to do and I have never regretted it since.”
Because of her disability, she no longer “competes” because there are currently no classes designated for her.
Instead, mum-of-three Sharon appears individually – and won admiring fans who appreciate her amazing and unselfconscious battle against adversity. She says the most difficult part of her return to bodybuilding, 10 years after she started and following the four-year injury break, has been sticking to the strict high-protein training diet.
Sharon originally started body building training again to boost her own “feel-good factor.”
Tentative inquiries with the sport advised her that as a now disabled competitor, she was likely to be down-marked against able-bodied rivals because of the effect the prosthetic leg would have on her symmetry.
But after her comeback in Southport, she immediately received another invitation to appear at a prestigious competition in Liverpool days later.