After an application through Suffolk Community Foundation spartans have been successful in securing additional funding through Sport Relief that means we can look at future developments within the club as well as hosting a competition in the new year as a way to celebrate the fact that we will have been running for 10 years. It won’t cover all the clubs development and competition plans but will go someway and we will now be looking for additional funding to fulfill all the plans and celebrate the success of this club. Coming just a day after the Rio squad has been named where our very own Zoe Newson will be competing and being a Spartans athlete for the past 9 years we can show how successful this club has been and can continue to be in the future.
There was always a question whether Zoe could replicate her success at London 2012 with more silverware in Rio later this year. However a turbulent time with classification changes during this cycle made Zoe think she wouldn’t be able to enter IPC competitions but throughout all set backs Zoe kept training with Suffolk Spartans and competed for a time in other federations and while she took some time out following declassification but Zoe showed determination over the last few months with a change in classification rules has meant that Zoe was once again eligible for IPC competitions and her recent performance in Malysia was enough to rank her 6th in the world and guarantee her a spot at the Rio games.
Today it has been officially announced by Paralympics GB that Zoe will be travelling to Rio at the end of the Summer in order to compete in the Paralympic Games. For the next few months Zoe will be training with Suffolk Spartans to make sure that she is able to put in the best performance that she can while out in the sunshine.
Everyone at the club is incredibly proud of Zoe for managing to qualify for a second Paralympic Games and will look forward to supporting her as she trains ahead of this competition and does her best to improve on her bronze medal at London 2012. As a club we are especially proud as Zoe has been with Suffolk Spartans since she first tried the sport in 2007 and we will be hoping that she can improve on her performance at London with another medal to add to the collection.
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.
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.”
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.
We had a team of 6 from Suffolk Spartans go and support the BWAD competition at Stoke Mandeville. As always the event was run fantastically and the standard of lifting and officiating impressive.
First up was Zoe who despite feeling under the weather and not having been in front of an IPC referee for sometime now she settled and easily pressed 90kg with plenty more in the tank and a confidence boost ahead of the Europeans next month.
In the mens group we started off with Matt Baker who managed to secure a 95kg lift on his second time of asking and this represents an increase in his personal best of 20kg in a little over a year. Adam managed to press 142kg on his second attempt and place first in is group. Up next was Nathaniel who passed all three lifts and achieved a very respectable 147kg ahead of his travels to Hungary next month as well. The mens group was finished off with Rob who finished with 110kg and was unlucky not to get a PB on his 116kg attempts.
Speaking for the club, coaches Louise and Daniel said ‘It is nice to see such a large team competing from Spartans and we always love going to the BWAD competitions it is always so friendly and supportive there’
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.
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.”
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.
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.