CHARD powerlifter Emily Greenway is ready for her next challenge, the European Championships in Sweden in December.

She is due to fly out on December 6 ahead of the competition on December 11 and said she is looking forward to it.

"I have been training ever since the British Championships finished in September and want to go out there on a big stage and do well.

"Training has been going really well and I have worked with my team on a few things to improve my ability," Greenway said.

Emily competes in the Open U76kg category for powerlifting and the event sees competitors perform a deadlift, a squat and a bench press.

The total best score across all three disciplines is then deemed the winner.

In the British Championships Emily finished in second place and for the upcoming European Championships she is in fourth on the nominations.

"In the nominations I am fourth and as such my goal is to finish in the top five women in this category in Europe.

"A podium finish would be amazing and I would love that, but I would be happy with top five."

Arriving in Sweden five days before the competition, Emily is planning on getting a few training sessions done before competing.

"Because we arrive early I hope to do some final training and preparations before hand.

"Luckily my partner Luke will be joining me, as well as the British powerlifting team, so it will be good to have a good support network with me," Greenway said.

Luke and her coach Pierre Shillingford are great motivators Emily said.

"Honestly, my coach and my partner Luke are amazing, they really help me both improve and stay focussed."

Also at the Championships in Sweden are a number of other British athletes across all ages.

Emily said it is great to see other powerlifters in action and will always go and support her teammates.

"When I am not competing I always make the effort to go and watch the other British athletes.

"It is good to see the sport of powerlifting growing and in Chard and the South West we have seen more women get involved."