Winner’s blog: Zoe
7th October 2013 by Natalie Burns
Zoe Newson, 21, has represented Great Britain since 2008 when she entered her first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) competition. As the youngest member of the Paralympics GB Powerlifting team, Zoe secured the bronze medal on her Paralympic Games debut in 2012 by equalling her personal best with a list of 88kg.
Please describe your experience at the Women of the Year Lunch last year
I had a great time. It was nice to see the female medallists from the Olympic and Paralympic games again, we’re all very busy and it’s nice to catch-up with them all. I also enjoyed meeting some of the other women; we went backstage and met the other Women of the Year award winners. It was great to speak to them and hear about why they won an award.
What did winning the award with your fellow Olympic and Paralympic medal winners mean to you?
It felt wonderful that all our hard work in the Paralympic and Olympic Games last year was recognised. Having support from people from all around the world really means a lot.
Why are award ceremonies like the Women of the Year Lunch important?
Celebrating women with ceremonies such as the Women of the Year Lunch is a great way to show appreciation for what women have achieved in the past and can achieve in the future. This recognition also gives women hope by witnessing women’s real achievements, they can feel encouraged to achieve too.
Which women have been inspirations in your life and why?
It is incredibly inspiring and interesting to hear about anyone’s achievements, and meeting other women with disabilities who have made huge accomplishments inspires me to want to do great things too.
What has been your biggest achievement to date and what goals do you have for the future?
Winning Bronze at the Paralympics in London has been my greatest achievement so far, and I aim to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth games next year as well as win medals in the next 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
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