Great performance by Adam yesterday when he competed in the spring open.
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It has been announced this week that both Zoe Newson and Nathaniel Wilding have both been selected to represent England in the Gold Coast in April. Spartans are especially pleased as this accounts for a third of the team which is phenomenal and demonstrates the success of this club.
A small snippet was seen on BBC but you can view the full media video below as it was reduced last minute and shows three Suffolk athletes that are all heading down under!!
We have a couple of months to complete training and get these guys as ready as possible so that they can perform at their very best and plans for this are very much underway at the moment. We are expecting both to be lifting on 10th April but will update nearer the time when we know how people can watch what will be an exciting competition.
In the Commonwealth Games athletes compete in light and heavyweight classes rather than normal weight classes and a formula is used to compare weights on the bar with an athletes bodyweight to determine the final three places which does mean there are only six medals up for grabs for the men and another six for the women.
In the early hours of the morning we’ve stirred to watch Nathaniel compete in his first World Championships and weren’t disappointed by his performance. Despite having food poisoning and nearly withdrawing from the competition completely he came out on to the biggest competition stage so far and secured two out of the three lifts.
With other athletes getting red lights all around him Nathaniel was confident in his first two lifts and finished with a lift of 170kg and an impressive 6 white lights. His third lift was simply a fraction heavy on the day, more a result of the illness than his training performance before he left for the competition.
Competing in the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico today Zoe Newson had to hold off challenges from ladies from Nigeria, Indonesia and Poland in order to come away with the Bronze medal. The u45kg class started with a number of failed lifts and finished the same way as all 3 ladies attempted but failed to lift 98kg. This left Zoe with the bronze medal after a successful lift of 97kg.
The class was won by Lingling of China as she set a new world record of 110kg and second place went to Nazmiye of Turkey. With four Paralympic Medallists in the one class this was always going to be a tough challenge but won were Zoe was able to hold her nerve and come away with the bronze medal.
When Zoe last competed in a World Championships back in 2010 she finished with a 4th place in the Senior competition but did manage a gold medal in the junior event.
Tomorrow will see Spartans team mate Nathaniel compete
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Today at Stockport we had three members of the club compete in the Autumn Open with great success. With the World Championships being rescheduled for just 8 weeks away in Mexico Nathaniel and Zoe decided to remain at home and prepare fully for this instead.
First on stage was a very nervous Polly who held her nerve to secure all three lifts of 52kg, 57kg and 60kg and managed a bronze medal across all the heavyweight women which was phenomenal for her first BWL competition and nine white lights showed she has more to give.
Adam followed in the light weight mens class and also secured a bronze medal although was very close to securing that silver. He performed well with lifts of 140kg, 145kg and 148kg and this was a 4kg increase on his personal best set in July.
Final lifter for the club was Rob who started well with 110kg and 115kg but on attempting his final lift of 120kg found it was just too much for today.
We are so proud of all the members of the club and all gave a professional and polished performance.
Thoughts that Zoe’s performance in London was a fluke or a result of good luck can now be dismissed as she has gone out in Rio and performed well to achieve another bronze medal.
Zoe was the only medallist in Powerlifting when competing in London and came through as an outsider to secure the bronze. A tough qualification campaign with issues over classification meant she was ranked 6th in the World entering this games and wasn’t tipped to win a medal by anyone outside Suffolk Spartans, who knew how well she was training.
In these games she opened with a lift of 98kg, which was 3kg above her best in the qualification campaign. Jumping to 102kg on her second lift she made this look comfortable as well and was in second place going into round three of the competition. The third round saw both Zoe and the Nigerian, Latifat complete their third lifts in similar fashion but the referring, which has been strict, failed Zoe’s lift on a 2 to 1 decision while Latifat’s lift was passed.
This shows just how tight the competition was and the nail biting finish. This Paralympics saw Zoe add 13kg to the lift that secured her a bronze in London 2012 and is phenomenal in a 4 year cycle which mean she out performed her teammates for progression and demonstrates the effectiveness of the training programs from Suffolk Spartans. Zoe did attempt a fourth lift of 107.5kg outside of the competition for a world record but despite lifting the weight she couldn’t quite lock it out on the day. The gold medal was taken by Dandan of China with a lift of 107kg.
All the club along with family and friends watched the excitement together at Inspire Suffolk and were cheering her all the way. As a club we are so proud as she and Suffolk Spartans is true testament to what can be achieved with the minimum of equipment, dedicated volunteers, hard work and no funding. Anyone can make it if they find a good sports club.
The medals did keep coming for GB powerlifting in the group following Zoe with British Weightlifting’s Ali Jawad picking up a silver. Although the competition wasn’t as close, Sherif of Egypt took Gold with a 203kg and new world record, Ali secured the silver with his first and only lift of 190kg, a 5kg increase on his best lift in London 2012, and Quanxi of China lifting 176kg to secure bronze.
A great day for Powerlifting in Great Britain.
This proved to be another successful day for the Spartans as we travelled north for the BWL National Championships in Coventry. Zoe was the first one out for the club competing in the lightweight women’s competition and a very late entry to this event her training has been firmly set towards Rio and so she had to settle for the 96kg, this was her second lift. In the end the third lift of 97kg which Zoe didn’t manage wasn’t necessary for her to secure the British title.
In the final group we had Chris competing in the heavyweight men. Following a few weeks of basketball play offs and strongman competitions the opener was a comfortable 120kg and he then secured 126kg with ease. He attempted 132kg on his final lift but this was taken a little early as it had slowed but this secured him fourth place in a tough group. Unfortunately Rob fell ill the day before the competition so didn’t travel.
The final lifter from the club was Nathaniel who opened with 153kg and got three white lights through each lift so went on to 156kg and finished with 158kg. This marked a 10kg increase on the final lift Nathaniel had out in Hungary at the Europeans just 6 months ago which is a fantastic improvement and secured him a second place in the light weight men’s class of this competition.
Ben qualified for the All England Championships with an impressive performance at Moulton College today. He finished with a 190kg squat which was a 10kg increases on his personal best, he followed this up with a 2.5kg increase on his bench press and then an increase of 15kg on his previous deadlift performance to finish on a 530kg total.
This performance mean that Ben secured 1st place in the juniors with ease and was placed 5th in the open category less than one point behind the 4th place competitor. This has been the culmination of a successful training program and we hope will continue towards the All England in August.