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Zoe Newson at the 19th Commonwealth Games

Zoe Newson



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Son Duncan
Colchester, ENG

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

International debut

Competing for
Great Britain
United States

General interest

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. (, 30 May 2017)

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

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

She was named Best Newcomer at the 2008 Wheelpower Sports Awards in Great Britain. (, 17 Aug 2010)
Other information
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." (, 25 Feb 2018)

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. (, 22 Apr 2016)


Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 40.00kg Final 2010-07-25 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 2012-08-30 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -45 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00kg Final 2017-12-04 3