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East Midlands Bench Press Championships

October 27th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on East Midlands Bench Press Championships)

SONY DSC Today we saw a real turnout of new Spartans competitors when Riccardo, Matt and James who were all novices to the sport all took to the lifting platform in order to enter their very first competition.  Riccardo competed in the under 66kg class and as an under 20 year old lifter he was not only able to secure a 1st place making him the East Midlands Champion he also lifted sufficient weight to qualify for the British Finals next year.  Riccardo managed to finish with a lift of 87.5kg and had a tremendous first competition. 

SONY DSCMatt competed in the senior category of the under 93kg and finished in 3rd place with a final lift of 110kg.  James was an under 23 lifter and was in the 105kg class but secured a 1st place and is East Midlands Champion with a final lift of 77.5kg.  All three novice lifters achieved all 3 lifts with a fantastic 9 white lights out of 9 for each lifter.  These three were joined on the platform with Ben who retained his title of East Midlands Champion along with securing an entry to next year’s British Finals by equalling his personal best lift of 105kg. 

In the audience we had Chris, Zoe and Dan cheering on the Spartans and taking a rare opportunity to watch instead of compete.

Professor Newson

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Professor Newson)

At Ipswich today Zoe Newson was among a select group of people that have excelled in their field.  She was awarded an Hononary Fellowship from University Campus Suffolk in recognition of her achievements in sport and particularly her performance last summer in the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she secured a bronze medal.

The un iversity have been supporting Zoe financially with fundraising events since 2012 and it is fantastic to see Zoe honoured by the community where she tries to give so much back since her tremendous achievement last year at the Paralympic Games

Young Sports Personality

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Young Sports Personality)

1393761_10202384624405504_28568175_n[2] Today Joe Strike was recognised for such a tremendous first year in the sport with an award at the annual Tendring Sports Awards. 1393879_10202378038280855_1689573262_n[1]

 Held at the Princes Theatre, Active Tendring recognise and honour a range of   people invovled with sport from athletes to coaches and volunteers and it was a real honour for Joe to receive recognition in this way so early in his Powerlifting career but as a first year in the sport we have all seen him go from strength to strength quite literally.  It is not just his confidence on the platform that has improved but he has also become more active in the club and the experience has really brought him out of his shell.  To give an idea of the progress Joe has been making he has increased his total by 30kg in just three months which is outstanding.  He still continues to improve and is looking forward to the World Special Olympics in 2015.

IPF British Junior Champion

October 13th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on IPF British Junior Champion)

Today saw Joe Strike take part in the IPF British Junior Championships at Horncastle and although the weather proved rather dismal the day was anything but for the club as Joe took part in his first 3 lift National Championships.  158 Lifters took part in this event over the weekend showing the level of competition that exists in the sport at a national level.    1391573_10202294313787795_2098035473_n[2]

Despite being a long wait to get started and then the nervousness of being the first male lifter on the platform Joe performed well.  He squatted 67.5kg, 72.5kg and then 77.5kg never putting a foot wrong and scoring 9 white lights out of nine.  His bench press performance was equally impressive although he narrowly missed his final lift of 75kg he had been successfull with 72.5kg while others around him missed all three attempts and were being retired from the competition this didn’t affect Joe and his focus.  Last up was the deadlift and here Joe showed the improvement he has made with his recent training and lifted 70kg, 75kg and finished with 80kg again he scored perfectly with 9 white lights and his technique was much improved from previous competitions. 

Joe can now claim the title of IPF British Sub Junior Champion in the 59kg class and be assured this is only the start of things to come.