Throughout her life Janice’s mission has always been to help others live their lives the way they want to live, irrespective of stereotypes, and the expectations of others. To this end Janice became a High School English Teacher who encouraged students to apply their learning to everyday situations. This resulted in her students attending Council meetings to speak about their need to have a bike track for their safety. This resulted in a council representative coming to the school to advise the students that money had been allocated for the bike track.
As the teacher of the bottom Year 10 English Class, she challenged the top English Class to a debate, with an independent adjudicator. While the “Top Class” scoffed at and scorned their less academically accomplished peers, Janice’s class prepared thoroughly for the debate, and won it!
In 1988 Janice moved to school counselling. Sadly, there were many whose life were in disarray and were reluctant to change. Most of these people were of the view that the way they were was biological and couldn’t and shouldn’t be changed. These people had no understanding of the powerful effect our childhood experience can have on our lives. Janice made hundreds of individually tailored, what she called “Positive Power Tapes” for students, teachers, and parents, to help them to live the life they wanted to live irrespective of stereotypes and the expectations of others. These tapes were individually tailored and were highly successful in bringing about positive change.
When she retired, she was still keen to motivate others to be, who they wanted to be, irrespective of stereotypes and the expectations of others and so she became an International Bodybuilder at the age of 56, still competing two weeks short of turning 78, still with the same message “Be what you want to be, irrespective of stereotypes and the expectations of others.”
As a Psychologist, School Counsellor, Secondary School English Teacher, Parent of three, Motivational Speaker, International Natural Bodybuilder, and Television Personality, Janice has tried to help children, parents and adults to live the lives they wanted to live irrespective of stereotypes and the expectations of others. In many cases she was able to help people to change their lives for the better.
Janice started Natural Bodybuilding at the age of 56 in 1999 with the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA). She and has also competed with the Australasian Natural Bodybuilding Federation (ANBB), I Compete Natural (ICN), and International Federation of Body Building and Fitness (IFBB). Janice’s message has always been, stay strong and excited about life, irrespective of age. She has been competing for over 21 years and has won 13 World Titles as an amateur natural bodybuilder. In 2019 at the age of 76 she competed in the ICN World Amateur Natural Titles in Rimini, Italy where she won the Ms Universe, Figure Division, in the 60+ category. Her latest competition was in November 2020 at the age of 77, two weeks short of her turning 78. She competed in the IFBB National Championships in Sydney, Australia where she won Bronze Medals in Masters 35+ category in both the NSW and Australian competitions.
Janice is passionate about showing women 50+ that they can keep their figure and be dynamic and excited about the years. She was christened Janice Lorraine Long and when she married at age 23 she became Janice Lorraine McGrath and at age 52, after her divorce she freed herself from all surnames and became Janice Lorraine, as Christened.
Janice Lorraine is passionate about helping people to live the life they want to live irrespective of stereotypes and the expectations of others and as hard as her life has been Janice is extremely grateful for every experience good or bad. She firmly believes in the saying that “It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s your opinion of what happens that matters”. Janice’s aim is to show it is possible for older women to stay strong and excited by life.
Janice has appeared on the media, in various forms, every single year from 2013 to 2022, both nationally and internationally. She was also inducted into the “Queanbeyan Sporting Hall of Fame”. Janice has been featured in “That’s Life” magazine and in London’s “Love Sunday” magazine, and on line in the “Daily Mail” and all over the world on “You Tube”. She has also appeared in many television shows including Chanel Nine’s “Morning Show” in Sydney, “This Day Tonight” in Adelaide, and on numerous occasions on the ABC in the “7.30 Report”. Janice has featured in Chanel Seven’s “House of Wellness” program and she was a keynote speaker for “McCann International”. She’s also appeared on Andrew Denton’s “Interview” show and “The Daily Addition”. In 2019 she was filmed by the ABC “Catalyst” Program and she’s performed in Chanel Seven’s “Australia’s Got Talent” TV Show, as well as on Channel Seven’s “Sunrise”, “Morning”, and “Afternoon” Shows.
More recently, on 20 January 2022, Janice appeared on the ABC Radio “Nightlife” program called “The world of body building”. On 15 February 2022, Janice appeared on the SBS TV “Insight” current affairs program in an episode called “Growing Older, Loving Life”.