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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.

Riccardo takes to the stage

April 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Riccardo takes to the stage)

Today at the London Bench Press Championships Riccardo took to the stage in just his second competition and at Bethnal Green he managed to finish the day with a PB of 97.5kg a 10kg increase since October last year.  Riccardo’s performance was faultless and he achieved 9 white lights and he is performing well as he looks forward to the British Bench Press in September.

Spartans competing everywhere

February 15th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spartans competing everywhere)

The IPC Invitational was held at Folkestone today and the Spartans had Matt B, Rob and Zoe all take part.  Matt had a better day and demonstrated his hard work in the gym with a final lift of 75kg.  Robert also managed to improve his personal best to 108kg.  Zoe competed in the 41kg class lifting an impressive 91kg which set a new British Record at the lower body weight class.

 

Also in action today was Joe at the Special Olympics regional competition in Scotland. He performed well and finished with a squat of 85kg, bench press of 77.5kg and a deadlift of 100kg.  This shows a continued improvement by Joe as he looks to break records and hopefully be selected for the World Special Olympic Championships.

New Funding

February 14th, 2014 | Posted by admin in News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on New Funding)

Suffolk Spartans have recently received funding from the Comic Relief Fund via the Suffolk Community Foundation.  This funding has been vital in ensuring the club can continue running for the next year as well as enabling us to run our annual competition this summer and purchase additional equipment that means we can better support those at the club to continue to make the improvements we have seen many make and continue with progress at competitions as well.  As a club we are incredibly pleased to have been given this award and are grateful the club will continue running for at least the next year.

Outstanding Improvement for Joe Strike

November 23rd, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Outstanding Improvement for Joe Strike)

Today took to the platform at the regional Special Olympics Championships in Bradford.  He produced a stella performance once again and received 9 good lifts and finished with a squat of 85kg a bench press of 75kg and a deadlift of 87.5kg.  This gave Joe a total on the day of 247.kg and was a tremendous increase of 17.5kg on his performance at the British Unequipped Championships just a month ago. 

We can see that Joe has been training and working really hard and this is really showing in his performance at competitions and such outstanding increases are really justified and we hope they will continue.

East Midlands Bench Press Championships

October 27th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on East Midlands Bench Press Championships)

SONY DSC Today we saw a real turnout of new Spartans competitors when Riccardo, Matt and James who were all novices to the sport all took to the lifting platform in order to enter their very first competition.  Riccardo competed in the under 66kg class and as an under 20 year old lifter he was not only able to secure a 1st place making him the East Midlands Champion he also lifted sufficient weight to qualify for the British Finals next year.  Riccardo managed to finish with a lift of 87.5kg and had a tremendous first competition. 

SONY DSCMatt competed in the senior category of the under 93kg and finished in 3rd place with a final lift of 110kg.  James was an under 23 lifter and was in the 105kg class but secured a 1st place and is East Midlands Champion with a final lift of 77.5kg.  All three novice lifters achieved all 3 lifts with a fantastic 9 white lights out of 9 for each lifter.  These three were joined on the platform with Ben who retained his title of East Midlands Champion along with securing an entry to next year’s British Finals by equalling his personal best lift of 105kg. 

In the audience we had Chris, Zoe and Dan cheering on the Spartans and taking a rare opportunity to watch instead of compete.

Professor Newson

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Professor Newson)

At Ipswich today Zoe Newson was among a select group of people that have excelled in their field.  She was awarded an Hononary Fellowship from University Campus Suffolk in recognition of her achievements in sport and particularly her performance last summer in the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she secured a bronze medal.

The un iversity have been supporting Zoe financially with fundraising events since 2012 and it is fantastic to see Zoe honoured by the community where she tries to give so much back since her tremendous achievement last year at the Paralympic Games

Young Sports Personality

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Young Sports Personality)

1393761_10202384624405504_28568175_n[2] Today Joe Strike was recognised for such a tremendous first year in the sport with an award at the annual Tendring Sports Awards. 1393879_10202378038280855_1689573262_n[1]

 Held at the Princes Theatre, Active Tendring recognise and honour a range of   people invovled with sport from athletes to coaches and volunteers and it was a real honour for Joe to receive recognition in this way so early in his Powerlifting career but as a first year in the sport we have all seen him go from strength to strength quite literally.  It is not just his confidence on the platform that has improved but he has also become more active in the club and the experience has really brought him out of his shell.  To give an idea of the progress Joe has been making he has increased his total by 30kg in just three months which is outstanding.  He still continues to improve and is looking forward to the World Special Olympics in 2015.

IPF British Junior Champion

October 13th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on IPF British Junior Champion)

Today saw Joe Strike take part in the IPF British Junior Championships at Horncastle and although the weather proved rather dismal the day was anything but for the club as Joe took part in his first 3 lift National Championships.  158 Lifters took part in this event over the weekend showing the level of competition that exists in the sport at a national level.    1391573_10202294313787795_2098035473_n[2]

Despite being a long wait to get started and then the nervousness of being the first male lifter on the platform Joe performed well.  He squatted 67.5kg, 72.5kg and then 77.5kg never putting a foot wrong and scoring 9 white lights out of nine.  His bench press performance was equally impressive although he narrowly missed his final lift of 75kg he had been successfull with 72.5kg while others around him missed all three attempts and were being retired from the competition this didn’t affect Joe and his focus.  Last up was the deadlift and here Joe showed the improvement he has made with his recent training and lifted 70kg, 75kg and finished with 80kg again he scored perfectly with 9 white lights and his technique was much improved from previous competitions. 

Joe can now claim the title of IPF British Sub Junior Champion in the 59kg class and be assured this is only the start of things to come.