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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy69 View Post
    So many great Lightweights! Great article Steve!
    Thanks Sassy. I have gotten many emails of appreciation from European competitors who were mentioned in the article (I forget sometimes that there are readers all over the world) as well as some suggestions of other lightweight to add. I have also gotten a surprising number of inquiries about Kathy Illingworth from Australia. I'll cover Kathy at length a little later today and others as time permits.

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    Steve rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powergirl View Post
    Steve rocks!

    Steve is the man. The living legend. BTW you are awesome too Zoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powergirl View Post
    Steve rocks!
    Thanks Zoa! When I first read your post I thought it said 'Steve's Rocks' !!!!! I was wondering what you were referring to. :-))

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy69 View Post
    So many great Lightweights! Great article Steve!
    Okay, here's the scoop on Aussie Kathy Illingworth:

    Her competitive career is an unusual one, but well worth mentioning in detail. She was just barely 5-0 tall and normally weighed around 110 pounds in contest shape throughout her career. From Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, she competed at a furious pace from 1980 to 1987. She then left the competitive stage completely before returning 12 years later (a la Juliette Bergman's return in 2001) in 1999. The catch was Illingworth only competed once in 1999 finishing fifth at the IFBB World Amateur Championships and then, unfortunately, disappeared permanently. During her early years she competed in both NABBA and IFBB events with equal success in both.
    Outside bodybuilding, Illingworth had a strong interest in theatre dance and arts, and was an avid cyclist. She was always bouncy and vivacious with seemingly endless stores of energy. Today she would be 51, but has not been heard from in years. If she's in the outback somewhere I'd love to hear from her.
    Her sister, Deborah Compton was also a world class amateur bodybuilder who competed in both NABBA and IFBB contests over the years. In fact, Compton, who also represented Australia, finished fourth at the 1999 IFBB World Amateur Championships as a HW (5-3, 135), behind second place silver medalist Lisa Aukland. During her career, Compton won both the 1993 NABBA World and 1993 NABBA Universe titles in the Physique division.
    The following is Kathy Illingworth's complete contest history as she prepared it for me in 1999:

    1980 - NABBA Ms. New South Wales 1st
    1980 - NABBA Ms. Oceana 1st
    1980 - NABBA Ms. Pacific International 1st
    1980 - NABBA Ms. Australasia 1st
    1980 - NABBA Ms. Australia 1st
    1981 - NABBA Ms. Australia 1st
    1982 - NABBA Ms. Southern Hemisphere 1st
    1982 - NABBA Ms. Australia 1st
    1983 - NABBA Ms. Australia 1st
    1984 - NABBA Ms. Australia 1st
    1984 - IFBB Australian Championships 1st
    1985 - IFBB Australian Championships(LW) 1st
    1985 - IFBB World Amateur Championships(LW) 4th (Belgium)
    1986 - IFBB Ms. South Africa International 1st
    1986 - IFBB Australian Championships(LW) 1st
    1986 - IFBB Asian Championships(LW) 5th
    1986 - IFBB World Amateur Championships(LW) 2nd (Singapore)
    1987 - IFBB Australian Championships(LW) 1st
    1999 - IFBB World Amateur Championships(LW) 5th (Australia)

    Needless to say she compiled a successful and colorful competitive career, and easily qualifies as one of the best pure amateur lightweights ever.

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    ^^ That's what a call a dedicated athlete!
    "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."
    ~Jack Lalanne



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    Great read Mr.Wennestrom...enjoyed it

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    Great Article Steve!!!!!!!!!!! You are the man!!!!!

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    Sue Price, yo!

    I was SO in love with Michelle Ralabate my freshman year of college... Ah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil mama View Post
    Great read Mr.Wennestrom...enjoyed it
    Quote Originally Posted by claire View Post
    Great Article Steve!!!!!!!!!!! You are the man!!!!!
    speaking of great lightweights! hey you two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple-H_2005 View Post
    Sue Price, yo!

    I was SO in love with Michelle Ralabate my freshman year of college... Ah...
    LOL, There were LOTS of guys anxious to carry Michele's gymbag in those days! She had a strong appeal on several levels, not the least of which was her killer physique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil mama View Post
    Great read Mr.Wennestrom...enjoyed it
    I'm putting together a post - actually several - on additional LW's of which you will be included. I've also got lots of photos to go with the text. Coming up.....Angie Ashcraft, Renee Johns, and Pam Brooks among others. They are lightweights you might not be familiar with, but I think you'll agree - when you see their images - they were excellent bodybuilders. I also just added Jamie Troxell.

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    Angie Ashcraft. I wonder what happened to her. She was a fine young lady form Alabama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple-H_2005 View Post
    Sue Price, yo!
    Sue was amazing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnglicanBeachParty View Post
    Sue was amazing!!
    Agreed x2. I was in awe of her transformation from 1992 to 1994. She developed her quads to being ripped and huge with great vascularity and conditioning at the same time. Ans she was a lightweight.

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