Alison Dann (Tas)

…’She believed she could, so she did”…




A bit about you, (what do you do outside of your training etc)?

I have a PhD in microbiology and I am currently working for the Tasmanian State Government Biosecurity department. I test plants for any diseases that may affect our crops. I have moved around a bit, grew up on the NSW Central Coast, moved to Townsville to go to uni and then moved to Tassie and loved it! I have done lots of bush walking and SCUBA diving (up until a couple of years ago when my sinuses packed it in!). I wasn’t really into team sports growing up; I did swimming, running, athletics etc.

How did you come to strongwoman? What drew you to it? How long?

I had been doing Crossfit for a couple of years when I decided to do a Rob Orlando Strongman Seminar at Crossfit Frankston in Feb 2014 and loved it! And I wasn’t too bad at it either. I have always been better at the strength stuff anyway. I always remember watching WSM on TV in the late 80s early 80s and Magnus ver Magnusson was my favourite competitor! So after that I sort of did strongman “WODs” mixed with Crossfit and then found Starting Strongman and did the 12 week strongman program and competed in my first novice comp in December 2014.

I then did stacks of research and discovered all these strongwomen around Australia and the world and admire them immensely.

Do you do any other type of training/sports?

Not really, a bit of HIT every now and then.

What Gym do you train at/ what do you love about your gym?

Van Demon Fitness  the facilities are fantastic and the people are great and supportive, they always come and watch me in comps. The coach Heath Barwick believes in making people as strong as they want to be, especially women, and he has a passion for all the weird and wonderful strongman implements and movements.

What is your favourite gym movement and/or strongwoman event & why?

It’s a toss-up between the log and atlas stones, they are both awesome to watch and you feel an almost raw/primitive strength moving such objects.

Least favourite & why?

Definitely the yoke! I just find it hard, I guess that’s no excuse but I just don’t like it!

What are you training for next?

The Tasmanian Arnold Qualifier 2017

What is your favourite strongwoman specific memory/ achievement/ PB?

Competing at last year’s Arnold Australia Classic, what a buzz!

How do you stay motivated?

Since I train pretty much on my own I have to be very self-motivated. I compete a fair bit during the year so the next comp/events are my focus. My program is written around these as well so working through that keeps me motivated.

What is your best piece of advice for beginners?

Research lots, watch lots of videos, find a good coach and have fun. Also, it was weird for me at first, video yourself so you can watch back how good/bad your technique is.

Are you a sponsored athlete? 


Strongman Achievements to date

1st Open women Festival of Strength Tasmanian Novice Strongman comp 2014

3rd Gates of Hell Tasmanian Novice Strongman comp 2014

2nd Tasmanian state log championship 2015

2nd Tasmanian Strongest Man and Woman 2015

4th National log championship 2015

1st Open women Australasia’s Most Powerful 2015/1st NSW Strongest Woman

1st Open women Tasmanian Strongman Series 2015

2nd Open women Queensland Arnold Qualifier 2016

5th Open women Arnold Australia Classic 2016

2nd Masters women Australasia’s Most Powerful 2016

2nd Open women Australian Strongman Alliance Nationals 2016

6th Open women worldwide ranking Static Monsters total 2016

1st Open women Tasmanian Strongman series 2016