Today was the East Midlands Bench Press Competition. We had 2 Spartans competing today and were delighted to see Ben improve his technique and come away with a successful lift of 97.5kg and was unlucky not to get his third lift on the day. Newcomer to the competitive world was Joe Strike and competing in his first IPF competition he started conservatively which helped settled the nerves. Joe performed well and got all 3 lifts on the day and finished with 62.5kg and while he weighed in at 60kg this is an impressive unequipped lift in his very first competition. This competition left Ben with a 1st place while Joe managed 2nd place in his group as all age groups were competing together and he was competing against a long term veteran in the sport.
This proved a successful competition as both Ben and Joe qualified for the British Finals which will be held at the beginning of March. While Ben is becoming a veteran of the sport qualifying for the National competition in his very first IPF competition is impressive for Joe and he is now training hard towards this event and hopes to do as well again.
With Zoe, Chris and Robert competing later this month they will be hoping to do just as well.