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NEWSON Zoe
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthIpswich, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Duncan
Residence
Colchester, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting at age 15 at the East Bergholt Sports Centre in Suffolk, England.
Why this sport?
"I was playing badminton and my old coach was there to do a talk about the army. He said that because of my height I should consider powerlifting, but I said no because I wanted to watch my brothers play football. My parents said I should try it and I ended up really enjoying myself."
Club / Team
Suffolk Spartans: Colchester, ENG
Name of coach
Daniel Collins, GBR, from 2008
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Football, spending time with family. (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 40kg category at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year by Suffolk Sport in England. (ipswichstar.co.uk, 30 May 2017)

In October 2013 she received an honorary fellowship from the University Campus of Suffolk [UCS]. (eadt.co.uk, 24 Nov 2013)

She was named the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year by the Suffolk County Council. (suffolkspartans.co.uk, 20 Oct 2012)

She was named Best Newcomer at the 2008 Wheelpower Sports Awards in Great Britain. (suffolkspartans.co.uk, 17 Aug 2010)
Other information
BEING A VETERAN
She admits that she has to take more care of her body as she gets older. "Now, I have noticed that I have to take care of my body much more than a few years ago. I attend the physio at least once every week to prevent any potential damage." (paralympic.org, 25 Feb 2018)

CLASSIFICATION PROBLEMS
She was not allowed to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, after she was declassified as the result of a change in how the Para powerlifting governing body measured legitimate lifts. However, the rules were changed once again, resulting in her being reclassified and making her international return at the 2015 European Championships in Eger, Hungary. (eadt.co.uk, 22 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 40kg 88
3 2016 45kg 102
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 40kg 82.5
3 2017 45kg 97.0
10 2019 41kg 75.0
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 Bench Press 100.4
3 2018 Bench Press Lightweight 106.1 
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 45kg 90
1 2018 41kg 91