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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.

Tremendous trip to the north – 9 Trophies and 5 British records

September 6th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Tremendous trip to the north – 9 Trophies and 5 British records)

Today a team, 5 strong represented Suffolk Spartans at the GBPF 2014 British Classic Bench at Durham Rowing Club.   

First in action was Joe Strike, reigning Special Olympics British Champion and Special 10478803_10204796474460248_6371401595036606018_nOlympics Record holder in Bench Press and Squat. Joe managed three good lifts, securing the British under 18 Championships and setting a new under 18 British record in the 59kg class with a final lift of 84kg. After the lifting Joe’s Dad David Strike said “For Joe to hold the British Special Olympic and able-bodied bench press records in his weight class at the same time is a unique honour. I’m not sure who wanted this record more – him or me.”

Up next was the return to national level competition of London 2012 Paralympic Games medallist Zoe Newson. In her own laid back style Zoe casually completed 3 good lifts also gaining 9 out of white lights and equalling the IPF World Classic Bench Press Record with her 3rd attempt of 90kg. She competed in both the junior and open classes and while winning both she also set British records in both classes as well.  Zoe was also successfull in achieveing the additional trophy for the best female performer of the competition which in her first national championships is a fantastic achievement and meant she was the most decorated, or greedy member of Spartans with 3 trophies and 2 records herself. 

Also in the first group of lifters out was Adam Alderman and in the 59kg class and having struggled recently with a slight shoulder injury he opened with 130kg and increased this to 135kg on his second attempt which was enough to secure the British title. The third attempt of 138kg however was unsuccessful but this was still enough to secure Adam the British Record.  Adam was also able to secure an additional trophy, the best male performer on the day which is a huge compliment with the standard of lifting across all the weight groups on the day. 

The second group in the competition saw Riccardo Biondi take the stage on his first British Finals and with his opening lift of 106kg he secured the British record in the u20 age category as well as the Junior British title. Riccardo extended this record with his two further attempts of 110kg and 112.5kg but on the day he could only secure a second place in the open category.

F10639385_10204796474180241_1851334144294182161_ninally representing Suffolk Spartans was Ben Cattermole who competed in the u74kg and as a Junior lifter. Ben took his first lift of 112.5kg comfortably and extended this to secure a personal best lift of 117.5kg on his second lift. His third lift of 120kg was unsuccessful on this occasion but he had already secured a first place and can claim the title of British Junior Bench Press Champion. This will be the 4th time Ben has won the British Bench Press Championship in the last 5 years which is an impressive achievement for any junior lifter.

Spartans Coach Dan Collins said “The results of the lifters today is testament to how hard everyone associated with this club works in training and to how much can be achieved by a small dedicated group of volunteers. Thanks to the GBPF YNE Division for putting on a great competition and a special thank you must go to Chris and Jim for answering all our queries so quickly and making us so welcome.”

Spartans coach Louise Collins said “The results today were outstanding with the quality of lifting from our team being extremely high. All of the Spartans lifters who competed today are hoping to compete abroad in the future and with such performances we look forward to seeing several of them on an international platform soon.”