Joining the Spartans in 2011 Joe took his time in mastering the bench press as he has to work hard to control the bar and focus when lifting to ensure it is performed well. His first taste of competition was in November 2012 as part of a team representing Essex at the Rotary Club National Disabled Championships where he also took part in the cycling section of a team triathlon competition. Joe is really keen on football spending time in clubs at both Ipswich Town and Colchester United despite having the dubious taste in following Liverpool.
Having thoroughly enjoyed this experience Joe decided he wanted to take on more formal competition and in January 2013 he was able to lift 62.5kg at the East Midlands Bench Press Championships. As he was competing against a real veteran of the sport it was unsurprising that he came second on this occasion but it was sufficient to qualify him for the Nationals. In March 2013 in only his second formal competition Joe managed another personal best lift of 65kg up in Ashington, Northumberland and with this secured himself the title of Unequipped under 18 British Bench Press Champion in the under 59kg class.
Having really taken to the sport Joe decided to take on 3 lift competition and his first competition was the British Special Olympics Championships in July 2013. Joe remained in the u59kg class and was sucessfull in taking the title of British Junior Champion as well as British records in both the squat (with 62.5kg) and bench press (with 67.5kg) he completed with a total of 200kg having lifted 70kg in the deadlift. Joe can now compete at the World games which will be held in America in 2015 if we can raise the funds required. At the end of July Joe improved on his previous performance this month with an additional 10kg on his total which was a tremendous improvement and gave him the title of East Midlands Junior Powerlifting Champion and allows him to enter the British Championships later in the year.
Competing in the IPF British Championships Joe managed to squat 77.5kg, bench press 72.5kg and deadlift 80kg. A total of 230kg is a significant improvement on his last competition and his technique was flawless on both the squat and deadlift securing nine out of nine white lights for both disciplines. Joe can now say that he is the IPF British Sub Junior Powerlifting Champion 2013 and hope this will qualify him for international appearances next year. To prove what a fantastic first year Joe has had in the sport he was given the title of Young Sports Personality of the Year from Active Tendring a real recognition of how hard he has worked to improve his performance over the last year. To make sure the year finished on a real high Joe competed in the Special Olympic regional championships where Joe managed a squat of 85kg a bench press of 75kg and a deadlift of 87.5kg. This total of 247.5kg was a 17.5kg improvement on a performance of just a month ago.
2014 started well and Joe attended regional Special Olympic Championships in Dundee and finished with a total of 262.5kg and nervously waited to hear if he would be selected for the World Championships in 2015, unfortunately with such a limit on spaces Joe was unsuccessful but being considered was tremendous as he has been in the sport such a short period of time. In a period of just 2 months Joe has added another 10kg to his total and competed in the East Midlands Championships in Northamptonshire with a squat of 87.5kg, bench press of 80kg and deadlift of 105kg. The summer continued with Joe performing well at the Spartans Bench Championships and securing a lift of 82.5kg which set a new divisional record and in September he was able to increase this personal best again and finished the GBPF British Classic Bench Press Championships with a lift of 84kg and taking the under 18 British title on his way to also claiming the British record in this class as well. At the British Classic Powerlifting Championships in October Joe had a testing start failing his first two squats and needing his third to remain in the competition, he pulled through and performed better in bench and deadlift posting a very respectable 270kg total only 2.5kg down on his personal best showing that even on a bad day Joe performed well and on a different day could have increased his PB significantly.
The year has finished off with awards after Joe competed at the Rotary Club Championships at the beginning of November and was given the most improved male award. This was followed just a few days later with a ceremony in Clacton of the Tendring Sports Awards where Joe was given the male Sports Personality of the Year. The trophy cabinet must now be brimming but focus will soon turn to next years competitions and training hard to improve once again.
2015 has started well with a trip to Horncastle for the British Bench Press Championships, Joe finished with a lift of 82.5kg and attempted 91kg which would have been a national record and while to heavy on this occasion he showed this record was well within his sights. He secured himself 1st place in the junior competition.
Having taken a break from competitive action and some of his training Joe returned to the platform in May 2017 with a Bench press competition where he passed all 3 lifts to secure an increase on his previous best of 10kg to finish with 97.5kg while also dropping significant body weight. Just a month later Joe was back in action with a 3 lift competition and having only a short training time on the additional two disciplines he worked hard to increase his squat PB to 92.5kg, secure a solid 92.5kg bench press and match his previous PB in the deadlift and finish on 102.5kg giving an overall total of 287.5kg, 1st place in the junior competition and 2nd place in the Open.
Now Joe is back into full training and keen to compete we will soon see these numbers increase.