A fitness exhibition has created a new category for physically challenged athletes to compete in.
The ICN Australian Championships are being held in Melbourne this weekend and invite a host of gym-sculpted individuals to take part in a series of bodybuilding competitions.
But this year was unlike any other because it supported those who have undergone great person triumph, and gut-wrenching injuries, to be on stage.

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Annaliese Hodge competed in the Physically Challenged Sports Model division (pictured)


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Laura Descy (left of left) and Annaliese Hodge (right of left) were the two women chosen to compete in the Physically Challenged Sports Model division on Friday (pictured)


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Laura Descy (pictured main) took the top spot in Physically Challenged Sports Model division on Friday

Laura Descy and Annaliese Hodge competed together in the Physically Challenged Sports Model division on Friday at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
With her taut abdominals and pert derriere in fine form Laura went home with the win after beginning her competitive fitness journey in June last year.
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The 41-year-old suffers from multiple sclerosis and has a heart condition that prevents her from training her legs alone.

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In the men's side, 90-year-old John Rigby (left) from Brisbane strutted his stuff in a pair of maroon speedos, winning in the over 90s division


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Flashing those biceps! 90-year-old John Rigby took out the top spot in his age division


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The men went head-to-head in a battle of the obliques (pictured)

'I completely lose feeling in them after awhile so my trainer has to physically carry me from one piece of equipment to the other,' she told Daily Mail Australia.
'I then have to lay down on the floor and ice my body to get the movement back.'
Laura, who is from the Sunshine Coast, met her trainer Leon in 2016 after having a particularly debilitating mental health breakdown.
'After we got together it saved my life. It really got me through. I won my first two competitions in Townsville with his help,' she continued.

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Troy Hawkins (pictured), who is bound to a wheelchair, competed in the Physically Challenged Mens Physique on Friday afternoon alongside Andy Harrison


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Mr Hawkins showing off his biceps at the ICN Australian Championships (pictured)


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Troy Hawkins (left) alongside fellow contestant Andy Harrison (pictured right)

Leon, who runs his own gym, couldn't be prouder of his incredible client.
'She shouldn't even be alive today and now she's on the top of the podium,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'I've seen her in hospital plenty of times and now she uses the sport as rehab. I took her under my wing and we trust each other.
'Let's say she's on the leg press doing some repetitions. After awhile she can't walk and her nervous system shuts down. I have to literally carry her to the car an hour and a half later.'

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Andy was once told he would never walk again after being hit by a bike while competing in a triathlon - but alas his recovery has been second to none

Leon said this kind of category and Laura being on stage gives people hope who might also be suffering from an illness.
Ultimately though his clients health comes first and the shows come second every time.
'It's not worth the risk if she's not up to it - simple as that.'
Laura will compete in the over 40s division tomorrow against able-bodied athletes.
In the men's side, 90-year-old John Rigby from Brisbane strutted his stuff in a pair of maroon speedos, winning in the over 90s division.

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A collection of female competitors on stage at the ICN Championships

He was joined by Tony Mcgavin from New South Wales who won in the over 70s competition.
He proudly donned a pair of glasses and showed off his numerous body tattoos during his moment of glory.
Troy Hawkins, who is wheelchair-bound, competed in the Physically Challenged Mens Physique on Friday afternoon alongside Andy Harrison.
Andy was once told he would never walk again after being hit by a bike while competing in a triathlon - but his recovery has been second to none.
The competition in Melbourne will continue until Sunday.


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