Powerlifter Zoe prepared for Tokyo challenge

Powerlifter Zoe Newson is heading to Tokyo hoping to enhance her already impressive CV having already claimed bronze at both the London and Rio Paralympic Games.

A Paralympian due to a growth hormone deficiency, Suffolk-born Zoe – long-time friend of Yellow Sport – followed up her London medal with a personal-best lift to replicate that success in 2016. However, having taken time out to start a family, the 29-year-old has returned with the same dedication and determination that has seen the games capture the imagination of sports fans worldwide.

“It has been a bit hard managing training and being a mum, but luckily have great support behind me,” Zoe explained.

“Dan, my partner, has supported me so much. When I have a down day -when I don’t want to train – he always helps me up. It’s good to have his support.”

Zoe Newson with partner, Dan

“Our son, Duncan is two years old. Of course, I want to inspire him, but I think all the Paralympics games are special in their own way and not just this one.”

Zoe’s ambitions and expectations remain the same: “The competition gets harder every time. I just have to make absolutely sure that I’m fit and prepared for the events.

“My coaches keep a lookout for the competition which allows me to simply turn up and lift. I can only give it my best shot on the day and see what happens.”

Ready to compete – Zoe Newson (Picture courtesy of Zoe Newson)

Zoe is as disappointed as any sports enthusiast that no spectators will be present due to the ongoing issues with the pandemic but insisted it won’t affect her mental state: “Yes, it will be different, we all want people to be at the games. Sport is for the fans and it’s a shame we won’t have them with us in the arena.

“But when I’m in competition mode, I block everything out around me and just get on with lifting. I guess every athlete has their own preparation and methods which suit them the best.”


Brian Jeeves

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