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Gold for Nathaniel

May 5th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Gold for Nathaniel)

Today has seen Nathaniel compete in the IPC Powerlifting World Cup Championships in Hungary and stroll his way through to a Gold medal with ease.

Nathaniel weighed in at just 66.1kg and his opening lift of 162kg was enough to take the gold medal.  He finished on 167kg, missing his final lift of 170kg but still had a more than comfortable lead of 17kg over silver medalist Cattini of Italy.

Nathaniel, Gold medalist at the World Cup Championships

Nathaniel, Gold medalist at the World Cup Championships


Training has been going well and everyone at Spartans is really pleased that this was a 5kg increase on Nathaniel’s previous best set at the beginning of this year and at an International competition with IPC referees in place.

Also on the trip was BWL program athlete Ollie Brown who secured a bronze medal with a lift of 159kg in the u65kg weight class and ensured both came away with medals and deservedly so.

Training now turns to the British Championships in July as qualification for the World Championships this autumn intensifies.

Back to back bronze

September 9th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Back to back bronze)

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 thezoe-rio-medal 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.

First, Second and Fourth – Professional performances

June 12th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on First, Second and Fourth – Professional performances)

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.

27.5kg increase on previous best for Ben

June 4th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 27.5kg increase on previous best for Ben)

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.

Funding for Spartans

April 19th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Funding for Spartans)

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.

Summer in the Rio sun

April 18th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Summer in the Rio sun)
Zoe getting Bronze at London 2012

Zoe getting Bronze at London 2012

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. 

Zoe at Spartans

Zoe at her homecoming event with Suffolk Spartans

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. 


Nail bitting lifting for Zoe

February 24th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases - (Comments Off on Nail bitting lifting for Zoe)

For anyone up early this morning you may well have caught Zoe lifting in the Malaysian World Cup competition which is the last qualification competitiZoe at Malaysia World Cup Feb 16on before selection is made for Rio 2016.  After an incredibly easy looking lift of 91kg to settle the nerves Zoe attempted a 95kg for her second lift, which would give her a 6th place on the ranking list on bodyweight and a good chance of qualification to Rio only to have this not passed.

Zoe seems to like nothing more than making us all squirm and worry but she came out and passed the 95kg on her third and final attempt.  Zoe placed third overall in this competition but at this time it is all about qualification for Rio.  Everyone at Suffolk Spartans is so proud of Zoe and hopefully she has just secured her second Paralympic Games and we look forward to her back in training with us again next week where the hard work begins.


Medal Haul for Zoe

November 24th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Medal Haul for Zoe)

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.

Selected for GB Duty

November 10th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Future Competitions | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Selected for GB Duty)

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.”

Classic day of PB’s for Ben

October 30th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Press Releases | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Classic day of PB’s for Ben)

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.