Powerlifting Club

Can you support us??

February 5th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Can you support us??)

We are calling on everyone to spare our club just a minute of your time in an online vote that will see us one successful club scoop £200,000 and will be a major investment and for us we would look at trying to arrange a bigger venue, 10639385_10204796474180241_1851334144294182161_ncomplete with additional equipment so that we could offer the very best to all our athletes.  Currently we have one bench press along with a small home style squat rack and very little space and last week we had 11 turn up to train.  Anyone can see this isn’t sustainable and we have had some huge success over the 11 years we have now been running.

We have made it to the national vote of the Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities award where as well as the top prize there will be

Spartans Club hosting Paralympic Flame 25.08.12

donations for all clubs and two clubs will secure the runners up awards.  Coming through from the 5000 nominations we have made it through to the final 30 shortlisted but now we are up against schools and team sports clubs where there is a much bigger membership so we really need your support and you can vote for us every day so please just spare us one minute of your time as it will make such a difference.



Zoe and Nathaniel head down under for Commonwealth Games

January 19th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Zoe and Nathaniel head down under for Commonwealth Games)

It has been announced this week that both Zoe Newson and Nathaniel Wilding have both been selected to represent England in the Gold Coast in April.  Spartans are especially pleased as this accounts for a third of the team which is phenomenal and demonstrates the success of this club.

A small snippet was seen on BBC but you can view the full media video below as it was reduced last minute and shows three Suffolk athletes that are all heading down under!!

We have a couple of months to complete training and get these guys as ready as possible so that they can perform at their very best and plans for this are very much underway at the moment.  We are expecting both to be lifting on 10th April but will update nearer the time when we know how people can watch what will be an exciting competition.

In the Commonwealth Games athletes compete in light and heavyweight classes rather than normal weight classes and a formula is used to compare weights on the bar with an athletes bodyweight to determine the final three places which does mean there are only six medals up for grabs for the men and another six for the women.

Nathaniel in his first world championships

December 6th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Nathaniel in his first world championships)

In the early hours of the morning we’ve stirred to watch Nathaniel compete in his first World Championships and weren’t disappointed by his performance.  Despite having food poisoning and nearly withdrawing from the competition completely he came out on to the biggest competition stage so far and secured two out of the three lifts.

With other athletes getting red lights all around him Nathaniel was confident in his first two lifts and finished with a lift of 170kg and an impressive 6 white lights.  His third lift was simply a fraction heavy on the day, more a result of the illness than his training performance before he left for the competition.

Close run contest at the World Championships in Mexico

December 4th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Close run contest at the World Championships in Mexico)

Competing in the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico today Zoe Newson had to hold off challenges from ladies from Nigeria, Indonesia and Poland in order to come away with the Bronze medal.  The u45kg class started with a number of failed lifts and finished the same way as all 3 ladies attempted but failed to lift 98kg.  This left Zoe with the bronze medal after a successful lift of 97kg.

The class was won by Lingling of China as she set a new world record of 110kg and second place went to Nazmiye of Turkey.  With four Paralympic Medallists in the one class this was always going to be a tough challenge but won were Zoe was able to hold her nerve and come away with the bronze medal.

When Zoe last competed in a World Championships back in 2010 she finished with a 4th place in the Senior competition but did manage a gold medal in the junior event.

Tomorrow will see Spartans team mate Nathaniel compete

Bronze is the colour

October 7th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Bronze is the colour)

Today at Stockport we had three members of the club compete in the Autumn Open with great success.  With the World Championships being rescheduled for just 8 weeks away in Mexico Nathaniel and Zoe decided to remain at home and prepare fully for this instead.  IMG_5823

First on stage was a very nervous Polly who held her nerve to secure all three lifts of 52kg, 57kg and 60kg and managed a bronze medal across all the heavyweight women which was phenomenal for her first BWL competition and nine white lights showed she has more to give.

Adam followed in the light weight mens class and also secured a bronze medal although was very close to securing that silver.  He performed well with lifts of 140kg, 145kg and 148kg and this was a 4kg IMG_5817increase on his personal best set in July.

Final lifter for the club was Rob who started well with 110kg and 115kg but on attempting his final lift of 120kg found it was just too much for today.

We are so proud of all the members of the club and all gave a professional and polished performance.


Spartans Dominate British Championships

July 16th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Spartans Dominate British Championships)

Today was the British Championships in Ricoh Arena, Coventry and four lifters from Suffolk Spartans dominated the competition.

The light weight mens group were up first and in this group we had Adam Alderman and Nathaniel Wilding.  Adam performed well with a 3kg increase on his personal best with his second lift of 144kg.  He narrowly missed out on his final lift of 147kg.  Adam was still able to secure a bronze medal on this return to the platform.  Nathaniel also in the light weight mens group dominated from the start and took the gold medal comfortably with a final lift of 172kg.  This performance represented a 5kg personal best increase and a 14kg increase on his performance last year.

In the heavy weight mens group Robert Hubert was there to represent Spartans and despite a rocky start he finished with a personal best of 116kg.

Zoe Newson was equally as dominant as the men today and finished with a lift of 96kg which looked comfortable and was enough to secure the gold medal position along with the best female lifter of the competition.

To demonstrate how impressive these performances really are the lifts performed today are enough to secure Nathaniel a world ranking position of 4, Adam a world ranking position of 5 and Zoe the top position within the world rankings.

Today was a great performance by every one in the club and with Zoe, Adam and Nathaniel all looking to qualify for the World Championships later this year on the road to qualification for Tokyo in 2020 this was a great start and shows the success of the club.

Joe makes his return to 3 lift powerlifting

June 11th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Joe makes his return to 3 lift powerlifting)

Having taken a couple of years away from competition it was great to see him back in action today at the Essex Championships and he coped well with the challenges of the day to pass 6 of his 9 lifts.  Joe finished with a squat of 92.5kg and a bench press, also of 92.5kg.  He finished with a deadlift of 102.5kg despite lifting a 110kg it was simply too much for his injured hand to lock it out fully.

Joe’s total of 287.5kg was impressive given his time away and was enough to secure him 1st place in the junior section of the competition and 2nd place in the open side of the event.  The squat and bench press were both personal best weights in three lift competitions and the deadlift matched his previous best proving this was a successful day.  Following this Joe will now be looking forward to more competitions and training hard to improve further.

Back to back bronze

September 9th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Back to back bronze)

Thoughts that Zoe’s performance in London was a fluke or a result of good luck can now be dismissed as she has gone out in Rio and performed well to achieve another bronze medal.

Zoe was the only medallist in Powerlifting when competing in London and came through as an outsider to secure the bronze.  A tough qualification campaign with issues over classification meant she was ranked 6th in thezoe-rio-medal World entering this games and wasn’t tipped to win a medal by anyone outside Suffolk Spartans, who knew how well she was training.

In these games she opened with a lift of 98kg, which was 3kg above her best in the qualification campaign.  Jumping to 102kg on her second lift she made this look comfortable as well and was in second place going into round three of the competition.  The third round saw both Zoe and the Nigerian, Latifat complete their third lifts in similar fashion but the referring, which has been strict, failed Zoe’s lift on a 2 to 1 decision while Latifat’s lift was passed.

This shows just how tight the competition was and the nail biting finish.  This Paralympics saw Zoe add 13kg to the lift that secured her a bronze in London 2012 and is phenomenal in a 4 year cycle which mean she out performed her teammates for progression and demonstrates the effectiveness of the training programs from Suffolk Spartans.  Zoe did attempt a fourth lift of 107.5kg outside of the competition for a world record but despite lifting the weight she couldn’t quite lock it out on the day.  The gold medal was taken by Dandan of China with a lift of 107kg.

All the club along with family and friends watched the excitement together at Inspire Suffolk and were cheering her all the way.  As a club we are so proud as she and Suffolk Spartans is true testament to what can be achieved with the minimum of equipment, dedicated volunteers, hard work and no funding.  Anyone can make it if they find a good sports club.

The medals did keep coming for GB powerlifting in the group following Zoe with British Weightlifting’s Ali Jawad picking up a silver.  Although the competition wasn’t as close, Sherif of Egypt took Gold with a 203kg and new world record, Ali secured the silver with his first and only lift of 190kg, a 5kg increase on his best lift in London 2012, and Quanxi of China lifting 176kg to secure bronze.


A great day for Powerlifting in Great Britain.

Funding for Spartans

April 19th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Funding for Spartans)

After an application through Suffolk Community Foundation spartans have been successful in securing additional funding through Sport Relief that means we can look at future developments within the club as well as hosting a competition in the new year as a way to celebrate the fact that we will have been running for 10 years.  It won’t cover all the clubs development and competition plans but will go someway and we will now be looking for additional funding to fulfill all the plans and celebrate the success of this club.  Coming just a day after the Rio squad has been named where our very own Zoe Newson will be competing and being a Spartans athlete for the past 9 years we can show how successful this club has been and can continue to be in the future.

Summer in the Rio sun

April 18th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Summer in the Rio sun)
Zoe getting Bronze at London 2012

Zoe getting Bronze at London 2012

There was always a question whether Zoe could replicate her success at London 2012 with more silverware in Rio later this year.  However a turbulent time with classification changes during this cycle made Zoe think she wouldn’t be able to enter IPC competitions but throughout all set backs Zoe kept training with Suffolk Spartans and competed for a time in other federations and while she took some time out following declassification but Zoe showed determination over the last few months with a change in classification rules has meant that Zoe was once again eligible for IPC competitions and her recent performance in Malysia was enough to rank her 6th in the world and guarantee her a spot at the Rio games. 

Zoe at Spartans

Zoe at her homecoming event with Suffolk Spartans

Today it has been officially announced by Paralympics GB that Zoe will be travelling to Rio at the end of the Summer in order to compete in the Paralympic Games.  For the next few months Zoe will be training with Suffolk Spartans to make sure that she is able to put in the best performance that she can while out in the sunshine.

Everyone at the club is incredibly proud of Zoe for managing to qualify for a second Paralympic Games and will look forward to supporting her as she trains ahead of this competition and does her best to improve on her bronze medal at London 2012.  As a club we are especially proud as Zoe has been with Suffolk Spartans since she first tried the sport in 2007 and we will be hoping that she can improve on her performance at London with another medal to add to the collection.