Today Ben was awarded a sports personality by the mayor. This follows the Young Sports Personality award he was given from Suffolk Coastal at the end of last year and is a tribute to how well he has performed particularly at the Commonwealth Championships where he picked up 5 gold medals in December.
Zoe took to the stage in the 4th Fazza Powerlifting Championships in Dubai today. Being the last chance to affect qualification for London 2012 this was an important competition for all those attending. Zoe was unlucky not to get her first lift of 86kg which was just there to settle the nerves. After this Zoe increased her lift to 89kg as this would push her further away from those chasing her place in London. On the day this proved to be too much for her.
Zoe performed extremely well in Cardiff last month and this was where she staked her claim to go to 2012 and this competition was about protecting that place. Based on the results and rankings we have seen so far Zoe has 6th place in the world and if this remains the case she will receive a personal invitation to compete the London 2012 Paralympic games from IPC Powerlifting.
Outstanding results today were seen at the IPC Powerlifting Championships in Cardiff. Matt competing in only his second ever competition finished the day with 71kg an improvement of 6kg in just 6 months. Credit must go to the hard work he has put in over this time to make such an increase and as he now looks to prepare for the British in June we will be hoping for a similar improvement.
Also lifting from Suffolk Spartans was Zoe who recently was pushed down to 7th in the world rankings she responded well opening and on a personal best performance of 86kg she increased this to 88kg during the competition which should now secure her 5th place in the world rankings. As we now enter the final month of qualification for London 2012 this position will hopefully see Zoe at the games although she will be travelling to Dubai at the end of February to see if she can improve on this lift and guarantee her place at London. Both lifts increased the European Junior Record which Zoe already held and her opening lift was enough to give her the honour of now being the best British Woman currently competing.