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July 27th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 70, 70, 70)

Today Joe competed again in the East Midlands Masters, Juniors and Novices competition.  He took 011to the stage with the squats and as with his first competition earlier this month he received 9 white lights and finished the squats with 70kg.  This was a 7.5kg increase in just 3 weeks which is a tremendous achievement.

The bench press competition also saw a increase in Joe’s personal best as he finished with another 70kg.  Within the deadlift competition Joe felt the nerves slightly and despite lifting the weight with ease on all three occasions he was only able to secure the final lift due to minor technicalities.  With another 70kg on the deadlift, which equalled his personal best, Joe finished on a total of 210kg and this was sufficient to give Joe the title of East Midlands Junior Champion. 

This performance has meant that Joe has now been offered the chance to compete for the title of British Junior Champion in October where we hope he will perform just as well.

Real Team Success

June 8th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Real Team Success)

The British Finals were held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium today and there were 6 members from Suffolk Spartans competing which is the largest team we have managed to enter. 

The day started well with Zoe Newson achieving a personal best a gold medal and a new British Record with a lift of 92kg.  This secured Zoe as British Champion and based on formula the strongest woman competing in Britain. 

With our next group we had Matt Baker and Nathaniel Wilding both competing in the under 65kg.  While both have competed before they have both taken a break from the sport and only returned to training just over a month ago.  Matt finished in second place with a lift of 63kg but was beaten by Nathaniel who had three successful lifts and secured a new British Record with his final lift of 108kg.  033

After a week of fighting talk the next group saw Chris Rix and Robert Hubert go head to head in the under 88kg class.  Robert was taking part in his second competition and managed an increase of 15kg in his personal best in just 4 months to finish with 105kg.  Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to retain his British Record as Chris managed three successful lifts to secure a personal best of 117kg, first place and also a new British Record pushing Robert into second place. 

The final member of Suffolk Spartans to take to the stage was Tony Woodbridge in the under 107kg class.  In just his second competition he has moved from a third place finish to a second place in this event with a final lift of 140kg. 

With this incredible day the Spartans members have managed to secure 3 second places, 3 first places and 3 new British Records.  All will now be looking to train hard and prepare for the next competition which is likely to be a Spartans held competition in August.

2 for 2

March 9th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2 for 2)

Ben and Joe 09.03.13Today saw both Ben and Joe compete in the GBPF British Bench Press competition in Northumberland.  A long trip was well worth it in the end as both made personal best perfromances and both secured the title of British Champion in their respective classes. 

Ben competing in the under 74kg class received nothing but white lights from the referrees and finished with a lift of 105kg.  Joe was competing in the under 59kg class and while he was unfortunate to have his 2nd lift disallowed on a 2 to 1 decision he still successfully lifted 65kg which was a personal best. 

Both had worked hard for this competition and it showed as they both secured the British Champion title.

Golden visit to the coast

January 20th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Golden visit to the coast)

 Today was the UK Invitational and this time it involved a trip to the snow tipped coast at Folkestone.  This 

Rob and Zoe at the UK Invitiational 2013

Rob and Zoe at the UK Invitiational 2013

was the first competitive action for Robert who had to play a tactical game making large jumps in his lifts but despite the fac that he only finished with 90kg which was a little below expectation he stayed ahead of competitors and secured 1st place. Not to be outdone by a team mate Zoe managed an impressive 91kg and this was her first competitive action since the Paralympic Games in London and there was definately a few photos taken as she showed of her bronze medal to those that braved the snow to attend the event. 

These performances are new British Senior Records and so now we welcome Rob to the expanding group of record holders at Suffolk Spartans.  Both are now training hard as they prepare for the British Finals in June and will be expecting to improve upon these numbers.

Brillant start to the year

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Brillant start to the year)

Today was the East Midlands Bench Press Competition.  We had 2 Spartans competing today and23332_3820880335137_2122295122_n[1] 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 734643_3821355387013_233850714_n[1]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.

3rd place in first competition

November 11th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on 3rd place in first competition)

Joe took part in the 31st Rotary Club National Championships today in Coventry.  Joe finished with a lift of 62.5kg in front of a packed audience.  This was a great effort and placed the Essex Powerlifting team in 3rd place in the competition and greatly helped the Essex team secure a 5th place overall.  In addition to this Joe took part in the cycling element of the teams triathlon as well.  This may well be the start of his success as Joe is now looking to compete again in the new year.

Success at Suffolk Sport Awards

October 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Success at Suffolk Sport Awards)

Last night saw the club highlighted at the Suffolk Sport Awards when 2 members of the club were shortlisted for awards.  As usual the glamours event was attended by hundreds of local athletes, coaches and professionals in sport.

The first half of the evening saw Louise win the Suffolk FA ‘contribution to disability Sport’ award highlighting the time she has given to raise the profile of the sport as well as giving praise to the success that has been achieved.  The second half of the evening though saw the big award of Suffolk County Council ‘sports personality of the year’ go to Zoe.  In the end it was impossible to separate Zoe and Anthony Ogogo so both share the honours after a wonderful summer where both won bronze medals in London.

Zoe said ‘I’m delighted to win this award and happy to share the honours, it has been an amazing summer for all of us.  I’m now getting back to training and preparing for my next competitions’

Fundraising Thanks

October 19th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Fundraising Thanks)

A huge thank you was needed today when Zoe from the club went to meet a fundraiser.  Gareth Tansey decided to get fit and started running but then with the Ipswich half marathon to work towards he then piled on extra pressure by deciding to raise money for Suffolk Spartans at the same time.

Gareth did exceptionally well and not only completed the marathon but also managed to raise £650 for the club at the same time.  The funds will go towards additional equipment for the club as well as a few running costs.  The club were bowled over by the generosity shown and everyone at Network Rail in Ipswich, where Gareth works were pleased to meet Zoe and see her medal as she was presented with the fundraising efforts.  Huge thanks to Stewart Cowan for helping to organise all the fundraising.  We are a small club witout any regular funding so this will be very carefully spent.

Homecoming

September 11th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Homecoming)

We are going to be holding a celebration for Zoe in recognition of her achievements in winning a bronze medal at London 2012.  The event will be at East Bergholt Sports Centre this Friday 14th September and ask that people arrive about 5.30pm.  We will be able to show clips of Zoe in various competitions as well as in London itself and there will be an opportunity to see Zoe and her medal.

This event will be open to all those that want to come and we will have some refreshments available.  The spartans training session will take place alongside this event so everyone can see what usually takes place although Zoe maybe to busy with photos to be able to take part.

Paralympic Medal For Zoe

August 30th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Paralympic Medal For Zoe)

Tonight was electric in the ExCel arena for the biggest performance of Zoe’s career so far.  The audience was full and it was clear who most were there to see by the noise but Zoe remained calm and focused throughout her lifts and didn’t let the occasion get to her.  She was enjoying the support as she finished each lift with waves to the crowd.

Zoe weighed in at 39.4kg and with her first attempt lifted 84kg, her second lift of 88kg was unsuccessful although this decision was queried but on her second time of asking she was successful.  With competitors around her failing to make their lifts Zoe was able to rise to the occasion.  She showed tremendous strength as all that additional support could have affected her performance but she didn’t let it alter her game plan throughout and she was justly rewarded.

Zoe had said before the competition that her aim was to get a personal best and a medal would be a bonus she couldn’t think to much about.  However the afternoon proved very different and while she only managed to equal her previous personal best of 88kg set in January 2012 she was able to secure a medal, Bronze.

Zoe has said that it still hasn’t sunk in and the whole thing seems surreal but this will soon change as it does all become a reality.  Most of the Suffolk Spartans club were there to support Zoe along with family and friends and a great deal of East Bergholt