London 2012


Last year, as a club, we set off on a mission to find a new project. We knew we wanted to support the London 2012 Games and an inspiring female athlete, all we had to do was find one! Lucky for us we found Zoe Newson just down the road in East Bergholt.

Zoe is a Powerlifter and was ranked 4th in the world.  You can find out more about Zoe and Powerlifting on the London 2012 Paralympics Games site. We have had an amazing time supporting Zoe on her journey to London 2012. Since meeting her we have followed her compete in trials in both Cardiff and Dubai then found out the incredible news that she will be member of Team GB for the London 2012 Paralympics.


Training for the Paralympics is immensely challenging and we wanted to support Zoe on the way.  We held a Silent Auction in November 2011 which was incredible successful thanks to the amazing work of all the Soroptimists and our guest star auctioneer Mark Murphy. Lots included everything from an Introduction to Bee Keeping to a week’s stay in a Southwold holiday cottage. The final total was topped up Avanti Networking, who donated their Christmas Raffle Collection. We successfully raised over £3000 to help Zoe on the road to London2012.

Update: ZOE TAKES HOME BRONZE!!! We’re so happy to let everyone know that Zoe is taking home a bronze medal from London 2012. It’s been fantastic following the Olympics and Paralympics but it just wouldn’t have been the same without Team GB and Zoe!