Health Expo’s Deadly Choice: Rhonda Purcell

07 May Health Expo’s Deadly Choice: Rhonda Purcell

Aboriginal body building champion and Deadly Choices ambassador Rhonda Purcell is set to take the stage at the upcoming North West Health Expo at the end of August this year.

Rene Blackman, CEO of Gidgee Healing, a major partner in the North West Health Expo, said the importance of visible Indigenous roles models like Rhonda Purcell in the community, is invaluable.

“Seeing is believing, it’s important to say ‘See, look, we can do this, you can do this too’.

“Our kids set their sights higher when they have someone to look up to and Rhonda is unmatched,” Renee Blackman said.

Rhonda Purcell is a proud Quandamooka woman, and she’s passionate about teaching the younger generation about how to live well.

“I’ve always had strong ties with community and that’s what I’m all about, giving back to the community.

“Our descendants have paved the way for people, and I honour them. I’m just blown away people would now be looking to me as a role model,” Rhonda Purcell said

Rhonda’s family are the Quandamooka Ngugi and Noonucul people (Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands) and the Koa people (Winton). Rhonda also acknowledges the Wakka Wakka people of Cherbourg as her grandparents raised their family there.

Rhonda is the first Aboriginal PNBA (Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association) Pro Figure & Pro Physique and 2 x times Miss Natural Olympia from World Cup LA & Natural Olympia Las Vegas both international comps representing Australia in the USA.

Rhonda started working out at the gym with the original goal of simply achieving better health for the mind, body, soul and weight loss in 2011.

However, she quickly developed a love for training, boxing and cardio workouts that spurred on her self-determination and drive into a higher level of training and serious competition. She continued her training and combined with a healthy eating plan, lost 12kgs.

She was feeling healthier and happier than she had in years with a new zest for life. In 2012 at age 42 Rhonda started competing at the INBA Queensland Titles. Over the last few years she has literally transformed herself and her life.

Rhonda Purcell will be on site for both days of the Health Expo, along with a host of exhibitors, demonstrations and interactive activities.

Entry is free to the North West Health Expo 2019, from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday 30 August and 10am to 1pm Saturday 31 August.