Westerville native, strongest woman in the world competing in Arnold Sports Festival

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A Westerville legend who is the strongest woman in the world will be competing in the Arnold Sports Festival for the third time in four years.

Brooke Sousa says she is ready to take on the competition. 

Lifting heavy weights is what Brooke Sousa is known for and she does it pretty well. 

“I know it’s in the 300s that I bench press,” said Sousa.

And that is why she earned the title of Strongest Woman in the World in Norway last year. 

“Just placing top five has kept me at the top the last couple of years,” she says.

The 35-year old Westerville native will be competing in the Arnold Pro Strongwoman competition. 

The competition features pure powerlifting — including a 220-pound axle press, 540-pound frame carry and a 220-pound stone to shoulder, just to name a few. 

She says her first two Arnold competitions were difficult but is determined to not give up.

“I look forward to Arnold Columbus because it just captures how far I’ve come each year. This year, I’m pretty excited about seeing where I’m going to place,” says Sousa.

Team Sousa will be cheering her on this weekend but she’s excited to have her two biggest fans watch her compete — her daughters 13-year-old Zoe and 8-year-old Sophia. 

“I’m excited to have all my family and friends and people to support me who have watched my journey come out and watch me. It’s been two years since they have seen me on the field just with competing in other countries.”

 Sousa tells me she sticks to a strict diet eating only rice and beef for the past 15 months. 

 She competes Friday and Saturday. 

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