Zoe Newson

Zoe Newson

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Colchester, Essex

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    Up to 40kg at Rio

Athlete main content


Zoe Newson is a British powerlifter and double Paralympic bronze medallist. 

She began powerlifting at her local club in 2007, before winning her first competition in 2008.

Since then she has steadily progressed, setting a new personal best almost every year. In 2010 Zoe competed at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, finishing first in the junior event and fourth in the seniors. This helped her qualify for the Paralympic Games in London, where she took bronze in the -40kg class.

A change in IPC classifications during 2014 meant the London 2012 bronze medallist was temporarily ruled out of the sport. However, Zoe made her comeback at the 2015 IPC European Championships in Eger, Hungary in stunning style by taking silver with her second press of 90kg.

At Rio 2016 Zoe matched her achievement of London 2012 as she claimed bronze in the -45kg category.

She successfully lifted 102kg to place third behind Nigeria’s silver medalist Latifat Tijani while China’s Paralympic champion Dandan Hu won with a lift of 107kg, later setting a new world record of 108kg in the bonus round.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Up to 45kg: Bronze

London 2012 Paralympic Games

  • Up to 40kg: Bronze

2015 IPC European Championships, Eger, Hungary

  • Up to 45kg: Silver

Share this page