Shreveport's world class weight lifter Javon O'Kray fought for weeks to be allowed to take part in this year's Raw Nationals and she has done it.

O'Kray is a member of the Life of Christ Ministries. Her religion has a strict code of modesty which requires women to wear skirts at all times. She's been allowed to compete in a skirt in previous events, but was initially told her skirt would not be allowed at Nationals. Eventually, a change was made to allow her to participate and she has just returned from the competition in the Chicago area.

Javon posts about her adventures:

First of all this was a great, but tough journey mentally and physically. Fighting for what I believe in and going to physical therapy all at the same time. Not able to train Like I needed to, but I am so proud of me. I was excited and a nervous wreck all at the same time. With so many thoughts running through my head, I made it. This was a huge meet with over 1300 lifters. Met some awesome people.

Lifts Stats: 9/9 all white lights

Squats 3/3 wanted to go heavier, but was doubting myself. 314 lbs

Bench 3/3 170lbs, but in the warm up room I hit 180 lbs, because I had no idea what was on the bar just jumped in with another group that’s was warming up.

Deadlifts 3/3 479lbs 11lb Personal record

Overall Total 437.5kg total 964.5 pounds

She adds: "Thanks to everyone that stood behind me, and believed in me."