Donna Moore is one of the world’s most decorated strongwomen and is a three-time World’s Strongest Woman. Living in Colburn, North Yorkshire, in England, she has been competing in strongwoman since 2012 and has amassed a great number of contest victories, including British, European and Arnold Strongman titles.
The “Queen of the Stones,” as she is acknowledged by competitors and fans, due to her prestigious stone lifting ability, has established numerous world records in various forms of the event, as well as dumbbell pressing. She works in NHS community nursing and is a mother of two.
Donna is not a full-time athlete and needs to fit training in around her hectic work life and children, which is the sport’s biggest challenge for her. She performs much of her training at home, outdoors, in all weather conditions, including rain, wind and snow!
Donna’s first experience in the gym was taking part in “body Pump” classes at her local gym, which she did purely for health reasons after having her children. She got into strongwoman by accident after being invited to compete in Scotland by a friend via Facebook, having seen women competing on TV. She began competing in 2012 and admits that initially, she was out of her depth, but quickly began to improve.
In 2013 she took part in the Strongwoman World Championships, in Helsinki, Finland, placing 7th behind the winner Kati Luoto (FIN). In 2015 she competed in her first Arnold Strongwoman World Championships, taking 5th, but she returned victorious the following year to claim her first major title. Since then, Donna has won a plethora of major titles, including another Arnold victory and three World’s Strongest Man gold medals.
In 2019, Donna established a world record for lifting seven of The Ardblair Stones at the Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games. In 37.14 she lifted seven stones ranging in weight from 18kg/40lb, to 118kg/260lb.
The following year she set another world record for lifting the heaviest single Atlas Stone over a 48-inch bar – 171.3kg/378lb, at the “Feats of Strength” online series of world record attempts. Donna also set the world record for the Monster Dumbbell, lifting an 81.65kg/180lb dumbbell at the Rogue Record Breakers event in Columbus, Ohio, in 2020.
Donna has captured the Worlds’ Strongest Woman crown, the sport’s greatest accolade, on three occasions. She won her first title in 2016, on home soil, in Doncaster, defeating Ukraine’s Lidia Hunko and Olga Liashchuk.
She retained the title in 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she defeated Kristin Rhodes (USA) by two points. Donna claimed her third title in 2019, in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she beat America’s Victoria Long by 2 points.
Donna will be part of Team UK at the Giants Live World Strongest Nation competition in Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, on 26th November. Both men’s and women’s teams from the UK and America will be vying for the title of World’s Strongest Nation.
Donna has recently dropped a substantial amount of bodyweight. From her peak weight of 105kg/231lb, she has slimmed down to around 80kg/176lb in order to compete in the middle-weight category. Her aim is to win the World Title in the under 82kg division. This decision was partly motivated by a desire to try a new weight class, and partly due to some of the very large women who have come into the open division.
In the coming years Moore hopes to become more involved in coaching and online work within the sphere of strongman.
Donna is the subject of a soon-to-be-released documentary that charts her training and competition throughout 2021, as well as looking at Donna’s stellar career and examining some of the attitudes towards female strength competitors. The film won an award for sports documentaries at the Cannes Film Festival.
Donna recently featured on the Giants Live Strongman Podcast: “A life outside of Strongman is the biggest challenge!” Many of her contest performances are available to view on YouTube and she has been profiled by several channels.
Donna can be found on Instagram under the handle @donna_moore_strongwoman, where she has 43.9k followers. Her fans get to see her training outdoors at her home, in the wintertime, ankle deep in snow! She is also on Facebook, as Donna Moore.