All power to them at challenge
A SELECTION of the nation's toughest men and women will put their brawn to the test at the Glasshouse Mountains Strongman Challenge at Beerwah on Saturday.
In a show of brute force, competitors will try to haul 10-tonne trucks, lift tyres and dead lift cars in an attempt to be crowned champion of their respective divisions.
"In the axle press I'd expect the heavyweight contenders to get up to 170kg," organiser and renowned local strongman Tim O'Shea said.
"This will be a good chance to see the big boys go around."
It will be the second time the event has been held on the Sunshine Coast and it is set to attract about 20 contenders.
There is a women's division, an under 90kg division, an under 105kg category and the blue-riband heavyweight section.
Jarred Gaudern will again carry local hopes among the biggest men, and fellow Sunshine Coast contenders Jarred Fisher and Guy Williams will press their claims in their first strongman event.
Sjoern Van Den Berg is back to defend his lightweight crown.
"The under-90kg division will probably be the most competitive division," O'Shea said.
"It should be exciting. Sjoern will obviously be the favourite again, but there are a couple of experienced guys as well."
The president of Strongman Brisbane, Rob Kilpatrick, is among the top fancies in the open division, where young gun Jackson Murrie, 18, will be one to watch. He recently won his first open event.
Former Olympic judo fighter Kristie-Ann Ryder is expected to be among the top competitors in the women's division.
O'Shea, third at the national amateur championships in Ballarat last year, will not compete.
"My next event is not until February so I'm having a rest," the 33-year-old said ahead fo the Tuff-As Strongman Challenge.
"My next big one will be in May, which will be the Australian amateurs in Melbourne."
He believes the Glasshouse Mountain Strongman will evolve into a formidable event in its own right in coming years,
"It's got more credibility this year (compared to last year) and it's something I want to keep doing," he said.
"First and foremost I'm a competitor, but I have fun doing this and I'll look to promote more events when I retire."
The event will be held at Fitness Plus from about 2pm.