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I began my career in competitive athletics relatively late, first competing in 2006 as a seventeen year old. As a result I had a limited youth and junior career. However, having begun late, I made steady and significant improvements in my first few years, 10.75 to 10.26 in the space of two seasons. My most significant improvement came in 2009 with me running a time of 10.09 which ranked me third in the UK, and ranked me amongst the quickest guys in Europe as well as the UK, but unfortunately that season ended early with injury. So it was not...

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I am an Interior Designer at Bowling Green State University and I often coach at Heathrow Gym Club. I follow a healthy diet! In the morning, I normally eat eggs on toast and a banana, for lunch I will have pasta, a sandwich or salad and for tea I will have chicken, rice and vegetables.

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As most little boys, I was a big fan of muscle characters like Superman, Batman, He-Man and other comic book characters. I admired their muscle strength power and I wanted to be just like them. Like a superhero, I wanted to be strong, help others and save people’s lives.  I started doing bodybuilding at the age of 15 and I haven’t stopped since. I am 35 now! My first competition was when I was 18 years old at junior championships, where I took 3rd place at the nationals after 4 years of training. The contest took place in my hometown...

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Megan started judo aged five at Pinewood Judo Club, Wokingham, following in the footsteps of her three older brothers. At age seventeen she decided to train full time at the University of Bath, alongside her studies. She completed an undergrad in Environmental Science and is a qualified Geography teacher. As a pre-cadet she won six National Championship titles, a Cadet European Bronze medal in Austria and seventh place at the European Youth Olympic Games in Italy in 2005. She had a strong junior U23 career winning three Junior National Championship titles and representing GB at numerous European Championships. In October...

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Nikki Manson

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With both my parents being Physical Education teachers, sport has been an integral part of my life from the word go. Throughout my early years, I competed in a host of different sports, from swimming to hockey, tennis to netball, if you can name it, I tried it! At the age of 8, I had my first exposure to Athletics “The East Renfrewshire Primary School Cross Country” run by a local club Giffnock North AAC. It was here I tasted my first athletics success, winning the Primary 5 race and was invited to join the club (the club I still...

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Matt Lee

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I  started athletics as a junior when I was 15 after I used to swim nationally with Ellie Simmonds and playing Football to academy level. When I was 18 I used to train twice a week for about 2 hours and it wasn't something I was completely committed to. After consistently training for 3 months I managed to come 4th at my National Championships. It was then I realised I was quite good and should give Decathlon a go. At university I decided to fully commit to athletics and took the sport serious where I would train for 40 hours a week 6 days a week. Such a jump in training load took its toll on my body where it broke down and injuries started happening. In...

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Lisa Swanson

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I am currently the longest serving female player at Rangers Football Club. I signed for Rangers Girls at 16 years old and was also one of the first players to sign for the Ladies team when they were formed one year later in 2008. Previously, I played for a boys’ team, Saltcoats United, before joining Kilmarnock at 13 where I played for 3 years. I was then scouted by Rangers, the team I have always supported, and have been at the club ever since. Throughout my time at Rangers, I was given the opportunity to move to Finland for 3...

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Katie Stainton

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I first realised I wanted to be an athlete when I was 10 years old after my Grandad took me to a sports hall athletics competition. I have always been super competitive and from a young age I've always been focused on winning and being the best I can possibly be. Although, the event I now specialise in is the heptathlon, this wasn't always the case. I started off as a sprinter doing mainly 200m and I also occasionally did long jump. After moving to a different club, Birchfield Harriers, I started training with a new coach and decided to...

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Hermione Plumptre

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I have always been in sport from a very young age. I did athletics as a junior for a period of time mostly multi events before I went into 7 or so years playing Lacrosse for England where I played at Home Internationals. From then Age 21/22, at University I took a small break from serious sport and went to playing netball at university, captaining my 1st team there. After a while, I realised it wasn’t enough for me to just play sport as a hobby, I needed the buzz of big competition back so went back to the track...

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Amy Hillyard

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I first found my love for athletics when I took part in Wolverhampton Regional Schools cross country Championships in Year 6, where I won and then got scouted to join my local club which was Wolverhampton & Bilston AC at the time. Throughout my first few years of taking part in this sport I enjoyed doing cross country and 800m. A few years later into the sport, I got approached by a coach from Birchfield Harriers where he thought I had talent, so I went down to the club for some training sessions and I eventually ended up moving clubs...

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