Athletes

Fuifui Moimoi

Fui is a world-class player who needs little introduction. After being spotted playing in New Zealand club rugby, he made his debut for the Eels in 2004 and became one of the NRL’s most recognisable and respected players. His New Zealand debut against Australia in 2007 cemented his membership with the All Golds touring party later that year and last represented the Kiwis in the 2011 Four Nations tournament.

Aidan Syers

Aidan is a former Great Britain Junior International, Shortlisted for Junior British Athlete of the year 2001, English Schools Champion 2001, 5x Surrey Schools Champion, 3x Welsh 60m Champion (2012,2013,2014), England Senior International, In the early 2000's Aidan was one of the countries top talents.

Albert Forsythe

Sprint Trainer and England International A former sprinter for Nigeria, Albert focuses on using direct sprinting exercises to aid Kumite Athletes of all levels. Currently Albert is a Personal Trainer specializing in his unique brand of weight loss fitness regime and hard-core training drills. He is also competing for England and is working towards the next World & European Championship competitions.

Brett Morse

Brett’s competitive career started quite late in comparison to other athletes in the field. He was 17 when he competed at a Cardiff schools competition, after which he was catapulted into national competitions. Brett became the leading Junior Champion in 2007 and 2008. He holds a succession of Welsh and National records from his early competitions, and became the first Welshman to win the discus event at the National Championships in 2010.

Dan Briggs

Dan had a keen interest in Martial Arts since the early age of 5. He dabbled with various forms, building up a portfolio of Karate, Judo, etc, which all added to the driving enthusiasm that he found when he started Tae Kwon Do when he was sixteen. In 2008 Dan was awarded a Sports Scholarship, despite studying Theology, whilst studying not only did Dan Captain the Official Tae Kwon Do Club at the University of Chester, he also won Sports Personality of the year in 2011, and he won 18 gold medals out of his collection of 43 all while he was studying for his degree!

David Murdoch

David Murdoch (born 17 April 1978) is a Scottish curler from Lockerbie. As the Scotland skip, he and his former team of Ewan MacDonald, Warwick Smith, Euan Byers and Peter Smith are the 2006 and 2009 World Curling Champions. Representing Great Britain, he has been skip at three Winter Olympics, Torino 2006, finishing fourth, Vancouver 2010, finishing fifth and Sochi 2014, where he won an Olympic silver medal.

Eden Francis

Eden started athletics at the age of 10 when her mother took up coaching. Having tried a multitude of events from running and jumping and she finally found her calling, throwing. In 2004, at just 15, she was awarded her first England vest and later that season her first GB vest. From there she went from strength to strength topping rankings and competing in competitions such as the Commonwealth Youth Games and World Youth championships.

Ezekiel Ewulo

Ewulo makes jumping look easy! 7.46m indoors in Bratislava, 7.75m at the Aviva European Indoor Trials and UK Championships a truely awe inspiring talent! During his adolescent years, Zeeks was always an athletic teenager, geared towards sports and fitness, but it was almost an accident that he ended up discovering an innate talent for the long jump.

Gabriel Odujobi

“Old ways don’t open new doors”. I learnt this saying from one of my wiser influencers, it teaches that if you want a different result you must make a change and take an alternate course to that you have been on. I felt frustrated that my injuries had prevented me from delivering the performances that I knew I was capable of. I decided to set a plan for health and excellence instead of training hard and hoping for the best.The goal is to remain injury free and develop my hurdles technique. This broke down into four major areas Pre-rehabilitation – regular soft tissue work to increase flexibility which is key in sprint hurdles but also to keep my muscles, tendons and ligaments in the best shape possible Strength and Conditioning – using my time off track to increase my physical strength, endurance and stability. Strength and Conditioning or SnC caters to the unique combination of event specific needs and physiology. Mobility – hurdles specific movement exercises aimed at educating my mind and body on the correct positions needed at each point whilst increasing the specific flexibility and strength needed for the event. Technical drills – I have spent proportionately more time per week working on my technique to ensure that the event becomes less of a panicked dash and more a calculated execution that feels like second nature.

Harry George Owen

Harry has been competing in gymnastics for 15 years, starting at the age of 6!. It all started when his father, a headteacher one day decided to take Harry along to an after school gymnastic club that was held every Wednesday. At the end of the first session he was described by the coach as a natural talent. In 2011 all his hard work paid off, he then went on to the final to a podium finish winning a junior commonwealth games bronze medal. The first ever Gymnast in Wales to ever win a medal as such in the junior rankings, a very proud moment in his career. Harry has been busy inspiring children in schools this year and will find out whether he qualifies for Rio 2016 in June! Good Luck Harry!

Justine Kinney

Justine Kinney, 24, is a 400 metre hurdler. Originally competing in the 800m, she moved to the 400m hurdles at the age of 17. Despite injuries plaguing her 2011 series, she continued her training, and won the first race ever at the brand new Olympic stadium, with the Showcase on 4th May as they hosted the British Universities and Colleges Sports Championships, running the 400m hurdles in 59.79 seconds!!

Kimberley & Louise Renicks

On the opening day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, judo player Kimberley Renicks beat her Indian opponent Sushila Likmabam in the 48kg category. Some 45 minutes later, her sister Louise triumphed against England's Kelly Edwards in the 52kg event. Within the space of an hour, the siblings from Coatbridge had won Team Scotland's first gold medals of the Games. They are visiting schools with SFC as they prepare for international competitions that could pave the way to next summer's Olympics in Rio.

Laura Samuels

A stunning triple-jump performance seen Leicester's Laura Samuel claim victory at the England Under-23 Championships in Bedford. The Birchfield Harrier produced a tremendous leap of 13.75m to claim victory by more than a metre from Gateshead's Emma Pringle. It was the same distance she managed in taking silver at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada two years ago.

Leon Baptiste

By the age of 15, Leon was determined to excel in sport. After attending his local athletics club he found he excelled in rapid sprint! Within months, he was representing his county, and by the age of 17, he was competing at a national level. In 2003, at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Finland, he won two Gold Medals for Great Britain: the first in the 100 metre sprint, and the second as anchor for the 4 x 100m relay team. His early career was defined, as a result of this performance, as he was named junior male athlete of the year by the British Athletics Writers Association.

Liam Davie

Liam Davie is most recently recognised for his acheivement in the 2014 commonwealth games in Glasgow earning silver for Team GB!. Liam is cemented in Scottish history as winning their first ever Commonwealth Games team gymnastics medal.

Lukas Gabris

Lukas Gabris has a string of titles to his name, in 2010 he had his best result to date when he finished third at Mr Universe. Last year 29-year-old Lukas admitted an under-par performance which saw him finish fifth at the world’s biggest bodybuilding contest.

Luke Carson

Carson is Ireland's #1 Artistic Gymnast. At just 23 years of age, he had already represented Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games, and Ireland at world level. He just missed out on the London 2012 Olympic Games due to suffering a leg injury in qualification. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Luke is also keen to become a fitness model while training for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, and the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. He aims to compete and win medals in both events, alongside his sister Bethany, Irish Olympic team swimming star.

Luke Lennon Ford

Luke is one of Britain’s most exciting talents on the track. At the age of 23 he has already claimed Silver at the World Indoors, Silver at the European Indoors & Silver at the European Championships. He won gold at the Under-23 national championships in the individual 400m. His first major medal came in the 4x400m in 2010 at the World Indoor Championships where the relay team won bronze, before claiming a gold in the 4x400m Under-23 European Championships. Luke went in to 2012 with his main focus on selection for the Olympic team. The indoor season went well for Luke and he was selected for the 4x400m relay squad for the World Indoor Championships, claiming a Silver medal. Looking in great shape throughout the season, Luke ran a PB of 45.23s in Geneva, which was an Olympic A Standard and put him right in contention for selection to the team. Next up was the Olympic Trials where he cruised through his heat and semi, only to come down with a virus that affected his performance in the final. He then went out to the European Championships and claimed his second Major Championships Silver medal of the season in the 4x400m relay. Luke then got the call to announce he had been selected for the Olympic 4x400m relay squad, where the team narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the final.

Marcel Hodge

Marcel took up athletics when he was 8 years old, in the beginning it was just a way for his mum to get him out of the house, having being diagnosed with ADHD, he was very hyper active as a child running around everywhere! He now specialises in 100m, 200m and long jump, most recently being ranked No.1 T20 in the UK over the 100m 200m and long jump.

Marissa King

Marissa is currently an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil, one of the largest and most famous live entertainment spectacles in the world with currently 18 shows worldwide. Performs in the show Amaluna that is currently touring around Europe.

Martyn Bernard

Martyn John Bernard born 1984 in Wakefield, is a British athlete, competing in high jump. Bernard has won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and a bronze medal in the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Bernard represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the high jump. He qualified for the final along with two other Britons with a whopping jump of 2.29!

Paula Walker

Paula Walker has been a Cpl in the Royal Signals for 11 years and first took up the bobsleigh when a army friend needed a breakwoman at the Army championships. Shortly after she was invited to take part in the GB trials. Walker made her GB debut in 2006 as a breakwaoms for Jackie Gunn and after one season at the breakwoman position Walker moved to driving. Her first season driving saw her place fifth at the 2007 Junior World Championships. Her continued hard work paid of when she qualified for the debut Games in Vancouver competing in the 2 woman bob alongside Kelly Thomas were they finished 11th.

Rebekah 'Bex' Wilson

Bex started athletics at the age of nine years old trying all different events before settling with 100m. At the age of 14 she moved from the small club of Altrincham to Sale Harriers and still competes for them today. Over the past eight years Wilson has won five national titles over 100m, was a World Junior finalist in the 4x100m relay and is the current holder of the European Age Record (12) for 60m. In 2010 she was approached to compete in the two-women bob, leading eventually to Wilson being ranked first after the GB trials and went to win the 2011 World Junior Championships, in Salt Lake.

Rhys Williams

Rhys excelled at school athletics, in both swimming and running. He was the Welsh Under 15 Backstroke Champion, and competed for the Welsh National Swimming Team. After earning the title of Welsh Schoolboy Champion in 1999, he was selected for the European Youth Olympics, and his impressive athletic career reached its springboard. Rhys most recently competed at the European Championships in Helsinki, winning the European title with a gold, and qualifying in the ‘A’ section, which led to that much sought after Olympic selection. He reached the semi-finals, where he ranked fourth with a time of 49.63 seconds!

Rob Mitchell

Rob from Hemel Hampstead is Long Jumper, he finished seventh in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with a jump of 2.15 metres. His personal best outdoor jump is 2.25 metres, achieved in July 2001 in Bedford.
His personal best indoor jump is 2.24 metres, achieved in January 2009 in Cardiff. He is working towards selection for the Commonwealth Games this year and Rio 2016, Good Luck Rob!

Scotty Cardle

Cardle started his career as an eight year old under the guidance of veteran boxer and trainer Eric Metcalfe at Kirkham ABC, near Preston, Lancashire. In 2003, Cardle boxed his way to the English Schoolboy Finals in Barnsley. In 2004, He was taken under the wing of his new coach and trainer Frank Ellis who remains his coach and mentor to this day. After an unbeaten year and stopping all of his opponents within the distance, he fought his way to his second National Schoolboy Championship final in Daggenham Essex.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith (born 22 July 1985) is a British professional boxer best known for being former British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion, and as an amateur won the featherweight division at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships.

Tailoni Fale'u Palelei Mafi

Tailoni Fale'u Palelei Mafi is the kind of name on a Team sheet that strikes fear into the hearts of opposition players! He is known more widely as "Tylon" and has been a Blue Bulls and Dragon hearts regular for several seasons. Tylon returns to us from reigning Champions Torfaen Tigers for whom he played in 2013 while the Bulls underwent a period of restructuring. Everyone is delighted to have this former Crusaders and Scorpions forward back at the club and can't wait to unleash him on the opposition!

Tim Abeyie

As a youngster, Tim was a very talented footballer and represented Fulham FC U16s, whilst still training as a sprinter on the track. Both coaches gave him the hard decision to choose which sport he was to focus on full time. He chose athletics. This proved to be the right decision, as he had a very successful junior career becoming English Schools 200m silver medalist in 2000 and he went one better in 2001 becoming the 200m Champion. In 2004 he won the British U23 titles in both the 100m and 200m and became the British University Indoor 60m Champion. Tim made the successful transition up to seniors and represented Team GB at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, 2006 World Indoor Championships, 2006 European Championships and winning a silver medal in the 4x100 metres relay at the 2005 Summer Universiade. Over the next few year he continued to compete successfully but due to injury and a few other reasons, he considered quitting the sport. It was at this time that Tim was approached by Ghana athletics, due to holding dual citizenship. After speaking to his coach and re-assessing his situation, he knew he still had unfinished business on the track. Not one that likes to give up easily, in 2011 he switched to representing Ghana. So far so good. Two African Championships, one 4x100m silver medal and representing Ghana at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Tim's motivation is high and we look forward to supporting him all the way to Rio 2016

Tom Parsons

Tom from Birmingham boasts an impressive track record in high jump, Olympic finalist 8th Place 2008, National Champion 2008, 2011 Indoor National Champion 2011 World Student Games finalist 2010 Commonwealth finalist 2006, 2010 World Indoors 9th place 2010, 12th place 2014 World Champs finalist 2007 and European Team Champions 2nd place 2013! Phew!