Joe has taken part in the East Midlands Championships today at Moulton College in Northamptonshire and had a tremendous day. He finished with a squat of 87.5kg, a bench press of 80kg and a deadlift of 105kg which has reflected the hard work Joe has been making in the gym recently.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.