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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.