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.
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.
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.
Sarah and Ellie are attempting to complete 114 Olympic Sports between London and Rio to see if this can be done.
While Powerlifting officially counts as a Paralympic sport they came to join Suffolk Spartans to attempt this as a bonus event and we were happy to welcome them.
We wish them both all the success in the world in this massive challenge and hope they’ll come back and join us once they have time as they really involved themselves in the club atmosphere which is really a special part of the club.
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.
Matt 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.
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
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.
Today Joe competed again in the East Midlands Masters, Juniors and Novices competition. He took to the stage with the squats and as with his first competition earlier this month he received 9 white lights and finished the squats with 70kg. This was a 7.5kg increase in just 3 weeks which is a tremendous achievement.
The bench press competition also saw a increase in Joe’s personal best as he finished with another 70kg. Within the deadlift competition Joe felt the nerves slightly and despite lifting the weight with ease on all three occasions he was only able to secure the final lift due to minor technicalities. With another 70kg on the deadlift, which equalled his personal best, Joe finished on a total of 210kg and this was sufficient to give Joe the title of East Midlands Junior Champion.
This performance has meant that Joe has now been offered the chance to compete for the title of British Junior Champion in October where we hope he will perform just as well.
Joe attended the Special Olympics National Powerlifting Championships in Newcastle and despite this being his first 3 lift competition he performed well. He opened his competition debut with the squat and set a British Record in his second and third lifts, finishing with a a lift of 62.5kg having achieved 9 white lights in the process.
The bench press was next and is the lift Joe has competed in before and so he was much more comfortable as he managed a personal best lift of 67.5kg on his second attempt and was close to lifting 72.5kg on his third attempt but it was just a fraction to much on this occasion. Again Joe took a British Record in the bench press.
The deadlift completed the competition and Joe opened with a comfortable 55kg to ensure he managed a total for the competition. He increased this to 65kg on his 2nd lift but it was a little light and unfortunaltey he stumbled. Joe didn’t let this affect him and he went out confident for his 3rd lift and lifted a 70kg deadlift.
This was an impressive start for Joe to his 3 lift competition and he finished with a total of 200kg at a bodyweight of just 58kg. Joe can now confidently tell everyone that he is the junior champion following this competition. Joe has the opportunity to attend the World Special Olympic Games which will be held in America in 2015 but he needs to secure funding to be able to finance this trip.
Today saw both Ben and Joe compete in the GBPF British Bench Press competition in Northumberland. A long trip was well worth it in the end as both made personal best perfromances and both secured the title of British Champion in their respective classes.
Ben competing in the under 74kg class received nothing but white lights from the referrees and finished with a lift of 105kg. Joe was competing in the under 59kg class and while he was unfortunate to have his 2nd lift disallowed on a 2 to 1 decision he still successfully lifted 65kg which was a personal best.
Both had worked hard for this competition and it showed as they both secured the British Champion title.