A powerhouse from Largs is gunning for glory ahead of a world-renowned strength competition that will feature her idol Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Emmajane Smith is confident of international success after being crowned Scotland's strongest woman for the third time last year.

As well as winning titles in France and Hungary, she made history by becoming the first woman in history to lift the Dinnie Stones - which are a combined weight of 332 kilos - without using lifting straps.

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Emmajane is now preparing to take part in one of her biggest feats yet as she looks to scoop the globally famous Arnold Strongwoman Classic title.

The annual competition showcases elite strongwomen athletes from around the world, determining who is the strongest of them all.

Originally established in 2002 by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Lorimer, and Terry Todd for men, the competition was later expanded to include women in 2017 by Jan Todd, as an offshoot to the Arnold Sports Festival.

The contest takes place in Columbus, Ohio, every spring.

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Emmajane, who grew up in Fairlie, is excited about the prospect of taking part this year.

She said: "I have seen videos of the other contestants who are taking part and I am confident I can beat them. 

"Not everyone has been added to the roster as yet but from what I have seen so far, I feel I can make a big impact.

"It has been a lifelong goal - and Arnie always attends the event and watches the contest.

"I have won the British qualifier and raring to go."

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While Emmajane has taken part in similar events in UK and Europe, this will be the first time she will be lifting in front of a famous movie star.

The former Fairlie Primary and Largs Academy pupil said that she loved watching Arnold's films while growing up and to have him present her with the winning trophy would be an ultimate career highlight.

Emmajane prepares for strength contests by training in her barn, where the keen horse rider also runs her business at Goldenberry Stables in West Kilbride.

Her parents Myra and Malcolm, live in West Kilbride, while her brother Callum lives in Largs.

Emmajane is seeking sponsorship from local companies for the event, as she is responsible for covering all her travel expenses and the substantial entry fee.

If you would like to support her, send an email to Emmajanesmith60@gmail.com.