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Summer in the Rio sun

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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. 

 

Medal Haul for Zoe

November 24th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Medal Haul for Zoe)

Well what a day Zoe had out in Hungary having failed her opening lift of 90kg she really put the pressure on herself to come out and do well second time around which she managed well.  A third attempt of 95kg proved just too much on the day but with those around her failing to secure their final lifts this was sufficient to see Zoe add to her medal collection as she secured a silver in the European section of the competition and a bronze in the Open (World) section.

She can now add this to the Gold she won in the World Championships in 2010 and the Bronze at London 2012 Paralympic Games.  This performance now places her 7th in the World Rankings ahead of Rio 2016 and was a confident return to the International arena after the classification issues that have taken place over the last 18 months.

Nathaniel from Spartans will be lifting on 25th and we are hoping for another good performance from him as these two Spartans make up a third of the GB squad that travelled to Hungary this week.

Selected for GB Duty

November 10th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Selected for GB Duty)

Suffolk Spartans is proud to announce that Zoe Newson and Nathaniel Wilding have been selected by British Weightlifting to represent Great Britain at the upcoming IPC European Powerlifting Championships being held in Eger Hungary from 24-28 November this year.  The European Championships is one of the last qualification events for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Commenting on the selection Spartans coach Louise Collins said “We are delighted for both Zoe and Nathaniel to have been selected to represent the country at a major international.  The whole club are behind them and will be watching to see how the lifters perform.”

Help For Heroes

April 11th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Help For Heroes)

Today a competition was run at Tedworth House in association with help for heroes and Spartans had two members take part, Chris and Rob.  Both performed well Rob managed a final lift of 105kg which is marking a return to his best while Chris outdid himself at this competition and finished with a PB of 130kg, narrowly missing 135kg on his fourth attempt.  This was sufficient to secure 3rd place by a narrow margin in a fiercely contested group of 11 heavy weight men.  Both will now be looking forward to competing at the British Championships held each year in June at Stoke Mandeville.

British Performances

February 8th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on British Performances)

Today we saw the same five members of Spartans attend the British Bench Press Championships as previously swept the board back in September 2014.  Zoe was up first and managed a comfortable 90kg before failing 95kg but left taking 1st place in both junior and open categories.  Adam and Joe competed in the second group where Joe attempted a British record of 91kg and fell just short on this occasion finishing the competition with a lift of 82.5kg and a 1st place in the junior competition.  Adam took 1st place in the open competition and a clean sweep of lifts finishing with 147.5kg.

The final group for the Spartans lifters had Riccardo and Ben take on the rest of the country.  Riccardo finished with 110kg and took 1st place in the junior class while Ben finished on 120kg and a 2nd place in his weight class.  A good day was had by all and plenty of trophies returned to the club.

Spartans Competition

July 6th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spartans Competition)

Today the Suffolk Spartans dispensed with our usual fun competition for an altogether more serious affair by holding a GBPF competition. Being held at the Essex University Sports Center this was a definite step up for the club. Considering the short notice on which this was arranged we were able to welcome 14 lifters to the competition and some were new to GBPF many were also juniors which is fantastic for the future of the sport as all performed well on the day. The standard of lifting generally was high as we saw are only equipped lifter of the day Pinda Singh attempt 280kg.

Competition Score Sheet

In true Spartans style we ensured that everyone was able to have a go on the day and so after the formal competition was concluded some of our disabled members along with general audience members came and attempted to lift. It was a great chance for anyone unsure about competing in the GBPF to attempt a lift in front of our newly qualified referees and get some advice.

As a club we have always assessed best lifter with a straight forward % of bodyweight and based on this the best male was Adam Alderman who managed to bench press 150kg which amounted to 292% or nearly 3 times his own bodyweight. The best female lifter went to debutant Zoe Newson who bench pressed a respectable 80kg which was 186% or nearly twice her own bodyweight.

Most improved and best supported lifter has to go to Dan McGauley. We are all really pleased of how well Dan performed at his first competition with lots more to come in the future he has spent a lot of time working on lifting with signals and hopes to be attending the Special Olympic Competitions soon.

Spartans lifters results:

  • Zoe Newson – 80kg raw at 43kg bodyweight still a junior.
  • Joe Strike – 82.5kg raw at under 59kg bodyweight under 18 (just).
  • Dan McGauley – 50kg at under 66kg bodyweight (Special Olympian and making his competition debut).
  • Riccardo Biondi – 107.5kg raw at under 66kg under 20 (just).
  • Ben Cattermole – 115kg raw at under 74kg still a Junior.
  • James Hickey – 82.5kg at under 93kg bodyweight, unlucky not to get his third lift of 90kg due to a foot movement (referee decision was spot on though – sorry James)

We need to say a big thank you to everyone who organised, ran and generally supported the event especially Mike and Sam who loaded which as anyone who has done this role realises it is one of the most tiring.

Attention now turns to the British Finals in September where we hope to have a team of 5 represent Suffolk Spartans (Zoe, Adam, Ben, Riccardo and Joe).  It is hoped that we can bring back from this event not just medals but maybe the odd British Record as well.  We hope to make this an annual GBPF competition so will let you all know much earlier next year if we are able to run another.

 

Spartans Bench Press Competition

June 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spartans Bench Press Competition)

Spartans are to host a GBPF Bench Press Competition on Sunday 6th July in the sports centre at Essex University in Colchester.  This will be one of the last chances to qualify for the British Bench Press Championships in September and so we are hoping for plenty of competitors looking to make it the nationals.  We already have quite a bit of interest and are expecting to have some exceptional lifting performances on the day. 

For those interested in lifting you’ll need to complete and return the Entry Form as soon as possible as there will be a limit to the number of competitors we can accept.  For everyone else it will be a fantastic opportunity to come and support people you know or witness local bench pressing at it’s best.

Spartans Competition

August 15th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Spartans Competition)

We will be holding our annual competition this coming Sunday at East Bergholt Sports Centre.  It is a fun competition with relaxed rules and is open to anyone whether they have a disability or not.  We are always keen to see novice lifters attend and it is a great event to try the sport as well as having the chance to chat with others who have competed or ask for advice should you need any. 

It is as always a chacne for the club to raise additional funds and with this in mind we make a charge of £5 to enter the competition.  There will be food and drinks available on the day as well as a raffle or tombola so plenty of ways to help suport this local club.  Doors open for weigh in at 9.30am and we lift once everyone is ready with an aim to finish the event early afternoon.  If you would like any more information contact Louise on 07984 452872.

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

Paralympic Flame Visits Spartans

August 25th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Paralympic Flame Visits Spartans)

Today as part of our annual competition we gave pride of place for the first part of the morning to the Paralympic Flame as it completed a tour of Suffolk taking in 3 clubs and several sports centres.

More than 200 people turned out for the morning of celebration which started with the flame being carried in by our very own Zoe Newson just a week ahead of her competing in London.  There was a flurry of cameras and videos to capture this moment.

Spartans Club hosting Paralympic Flame 25.08.12

Once the flame left attention turned to the competition itself and we had a number of personal best performances from members of the club.  We were also pleased to welcome as always a number of lifters from Hamiltons.  The most improved performance has to go to Chris Rix who managed a personal best of 132.5kg but the best lifter on the day was announced as Cliff Haynes.

At the end of the mornings lifting we were able to wish Zoe the best of luck for next week.  She will be competing on Thursday 30th August between 6 and 7pm and most of those that attended will be going to support her.  We believe there maybe coverage on More4 from 6.30pm for those that couldn’t get tickets to this sold out event.