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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.”

Classic day of PB’s for Ben

October 30th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Classic day of PB’s for Ben)

On 30th October 2015 Ben competed in the GBPF British Classic Junior Competition in Bournemouth in the under 74kg class.  Ben passed all 3 squats and finished with a 10kg competition personal best lift of 180kg.  Ben finished the bench press with a lift of 117.5kg and also finished the deadlift with a 210kg personal best lift, giving him a total of 507.5kg on the day which put him in 7th place overall amongst a very competitive group.

Ben is now up for the challenge of improving this further for next years competition.

‘Two out of three ain’t bad’

October 5th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’)

Well it may have been quiet for a while with competitions but this weekend has made up for that.  On Saturday 3rd October we had four members of the Spartans travel up to Stockport for the BWL competition.

Out first in the heavyweight men was Chris and Rob both got two out of three lifts and Chris finished on 130kg which equalled his PB earlier this year while Rob managed a 115kg which represents a 5kg increase on his PB from June of this year.

Zoe lifted in the lightweight women and topped the group with an impressive 95kg and this set a new British Record in the process.  Despite managing this in GBPF comps this is a 3kg increase on her PB when lifting on a Paralympic bench.

Last of the day was Nathaniel who despite a missed second lift because of a referee decision came out to repeat it and secure 145kg second time round.  This could have had serious consequences as it meant Nathaniel didn’t have the luxury of a fourth lift in this competition however it turned out he didn’t need as he secured 3rd place in the lightweight men’s group behind Ali Jawad and Mickey Yule and although Ollie Brown lifted 1kg more with his fourth lift this wasn’t enough to overtake Nathaniel as it was a formula based competition.  This also was a massive 37kg more than his last competition.  Nathaniel is now hoping that this performance and a third place in this selection event will be enough to get him a place at the Europeans later this year.

 

On 4th October we travelled slightly less far to the East Midlands Bench Press Competition at Hamiltons Gym in Colchester.  He were saw Adam perform as always and secure 1st place with a 142.5kg bench press and then we had relative newcomer to the Spartans Robert Brennan compete in his first competition after just a couple of months with Suffolk Spartans and complete a 130kg.  This will become a new East Midlands Bench Press record so fantastic achievement for a first competition.  Both Adam and Rob failed a lift keeping with the consistency of the others the day before and showing that two out of three ain’t bad but we’ll be in training next week to improve on these performances and next time it’ll be white lights all the way.

Exciting Prospect

October 4th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Exciting Prospect)

On Sunday 4th October 2 Spartans lifters entered the GBPF Anglian Open Bench Press Championships 2015.  Making his competition debut was Robert Brennan from Ipswich, Rob successfully passed his opening two lifts of 125kg and 130kg and this was enough on the day to see him set a new East Midlands Junior Record in the under 120kg class.  Also representing Suffolk Spartans was Sudbury’s Adam Alderman, who finished with a British Record equalling lift of 142.5kg securing first place in the men’s under 59kg category.

Commenting on the days lifting Spartans Coach Daniel Collins said “Both Rob and Adam lifted well today and we are proud of what they have both achieved.  Special congratulations must go to Rob who broke the East Midlands Divisional record in his first ever competition, and we are excited by the prospect of watching him improve from here.”

BWL Autumn Open Para Powerlifting

October 3rd, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on BWL Autumn Open Para Powerlifting)

On 3rd October 2015 a 4 strong team of Suffolk Spartans travelled to Stockport to Contest the British Weightlifting Autumn Open Para-Powerlifting Championships.  Up first in the mens heavyweight group were Rob Hubert and Chris Rix.  Rob finished with a personal best lift of 115kg, just failing 118kg on this occasion and placing 6th.  Chris also passed two of his 3 lifts and finished with a 130kg attempt which was good enough to see him finish in 5th place ahead of Rob today.

Up next in the womens lightweight group was Zoe Newson competing in a BWL sanctioned competition for the first time since 2013.  Zoe finished with a 95kg lift at under 45kg bodyweight which set a new BWL British Record on the day.  Zoe also won the womens lightweight competition on AH formula.

In the last and most highly contested group of the day was Nathaniel Wilding, Nathaniel finished with a 145kg 25kg competition personal best lift which was enough for him to place a very respectable 3rd on the day due behind reigning World Champion Ali Jawad in first place and Invicticus Games champion Micky Yule in second place.

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.

PB’s a plenty

October 20th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on PB’s a plenty)

Today saw several Spartans in action at the East Midlands Bench Press Championships in Colchester.  The first group of the day saw Dan lift a personal best of 60kg, followed by Zoe who finished on 95kg which being 4kg heavier than the current world record is a respectable weight to lift.  The group was finished with Riccardo who having had a late night finished on 110kg which was only 2.5kg down on a PB he set at the British 6 weeks ago and Adam who achieved the 140kg he set out to at the beginning of the day.

The rest of the club were in the 3rd group and here we saw Matt H and James both get all three lifts and both set PB’s with James finishing on a well deserved 90kg Matt fighting to get 112.5kg up but both were passed.

Dan and Riccardo were the only Spartans to miss any lifts today showing there is more to give so it’s back to training and working harder to improve those lifts once again.

A rocky trip to the white cliffs

October 4th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A rocky trip to the white cliffs)

Today saw Joe compete at the British Classic Powerlifting Championships in Dover and it was a truely rocky start for the 18 year old as he missed his first two squats due to depth.  Needing his third squat to remain in the competition meant that Joe needed to really focus and make sure nerves and the occasion didn’t ruin his day.  Joe secured a lift of 85kg on his third squat to remainjoe 03.10.14 in the competition and moved onto more confident ground with the bench press where his first two lifts were good and he attempted to increase his British record on the third attempt with 85kg but this was just to much on the day with all that had gone on so he came away with 82.5kg today.  Deadlifts were also much better and he opened with 95kg and increased this to 102.5kg on his second lift.  Having now secured the title of British Sub Junior Champion Joe wanted to attempt a 110kg for his final deadlift but it just wasn’t to be.  Joe’s final total was 270kg and despite such a shaky start this was only 2.5kg down on his personal best which he set in April of this year which shows how well he could have finished had the start gone a little better and this gives Joe the determination to improve at his next competition.