She may be a legal eagle by day, but Banbridge mum-of two dons a swimsuit at night to enter fitness competitions.

Mother-of-two Anita Williamson-Graham is getting used to holding court outside chambers after she finished first in the Miss Bikini over-40s category in the Fitness Model Northern Ireland championship.

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Now, the 45-year-old beauty from Banbridge, who is as comfortable on stage in swimwear as she is in her barrister’s wig and gown, is hoping to go one step further by securing a world title in Dublin this Saturday.

Anita – who practices criminal, civil and family law and has been involved in numerous high-profile cases in recent years, only started training in May. But she tells the Belfast Telegraph that a desire for new challenges made her want to compete:

“I was always into fitness and a couple of friends suggested that I go down this route,” she said in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph.

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Although she was already in great shape, Anita credits local trainer Michelle Moult for pushing her to the limit, as well as Aaron Donaghy, from Ultra Fitness in Banbridge, who provided a strict nutritional plan for making her ultra fit.

Although Anita enjoys the full support of her builder husband Walter and their two children, Molly and Oliver, she said her somewhat unusual sideline can be gruelling.

A typical day comprises an almost military regime that involves 6.30am training at home, ahead of a day’s work, and then squeezing in an evening workout as well.

But she said the strict nutritional diet is one of the toughest elements of her training regime.

“Work colleagues have told me I’m an inspiration, while friends have asked for fitness advice,” she said.

“I want to inspire others by doing something different. I don’t feel 45. I like to challenge myself.”

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