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My Story

My name is Silvana Ghoussain, I grew up in western Sydney in the Seventies and Eighties this is where the story of my colourful and at times turbulent life began.

I was born in 1972 in Sydney women’s Hospital the daughter of Lebanese migrants living in Marrickville and later moving to Guildford western Sydney was the start of a life that would be full of challenges. As my parent’s spoke little English, Arabic was my first spoken language and with no family here in Australia and my farther working three jobs to support his family; my mother had little contact with the outside world. I remember the days spent watching Days of our Lives with my Mother as this was how she learnt to speak English and I learnt my first words. School would be my first challenge as first I had to break down the communication barrier as my English was still very poor and in time I would attend ESL ( English Speech Language School )

Lioness: My Fighting Spirit love • family • triumph

Torn between two cultures, Australian and Lebanese, Silvana Ghoussain defied the odds to make a stance to show that chasing your dreams means taking risks—sometimes at great cost.
This is a true account of one woman’s determination to to conquer a male-dominated world.
To discover her strength and voice, Silvana Ghoussain must beat the odds to achieve her goals as a bodybuilder, entrepreneur on Sydney’s King Street, Newtown, and a boxing coach when few women dared to enter the sport of boxing.
Not even a controlling father, dangerous boyfriends, and jeopardised health can stop her.
Silvana’s determination and strength transform her from victim to victor in the story of her life:
Lioness: My Fighting Spirit.

Torn between two cultures, Australian and Lebanese, Silvana Ghoussain defied the odds to make a stance to show that chasing your dreams means taking risks—sometimes at great cost.

This is a true account of one woman’s determination to to conquer a male-dominated world.

To discover her strength and voice, Silvana Ghoussain must beat the odds to achieve her goals as a bodybuilder, entrepreneur on Sydney’s King Street, Newtown, and a boxing coach when few women dared to enter the sport of boxing.

Not even a controlling father, dangerous boyfriends, and jeopardised health can stop her.

Silvana’s determination and strength transform her from victim to victor in the story of her life: Lioness: My Fighting Spirit.