Coast Ninja mum of three proves age is no obstacle
She may be edging close to the big 4-0, but that didn't bother this Coast-based mother-of-three during the Australian Ninja Warrior semi-finals on Monday night.
In front of the nation, Kawana stay-at-home mum Monika Siemonek, 38, showed off her fitness and strength to rival competitors half her age.
"I definitely don't think my age is a disadvantage," she said.
"Age means you've just got more experience.
"I'm the strongest I've ever been."
The former elite boxer and soccer player said anyone sitting on the couch at home could do it if they put their mind to it.
"It's totally doable if you really want to do it," she said.
After three kids, Siemonik said it was tough to find regular time for exercise.
But judging by her performance on Monday night, she was obviously making the most of her training sessions.
"I just make it happen. I need that hour to myself," she said.
"After my third child, it was a good seven months before I got back to training full-on.
"It's more challenging with kids - you've got to fit in with creche times and other people, but you've just got to make it happen."
When quizzed on the possibility of baby number four, Siemonik had a very simple response.
"100 per cent no to that one," she said.
"I am well and truly out of the baby phase.
"I am feeling a bit more selfish now. It's time for me."