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The athlete's of today, inspiring the champions of tomorrow

Our aim is to visit every school in the UK to deliver our message

Lisa Swanson

Achievements

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

Achievements

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

Achievements

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

Achievements

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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Diani Walker

Achievements

I’m a 23 year old Great Britain sprinter, who competes in the 100m and 200m; I originate from an athletics club called Birchfield harriers. I started athletics from the age of 9 years old and have never looked back since I attended my first academy session with Birchfield Harriers athletics club. I started competing from the age of 10 but started competing nationally from the age of 15 at the age group England championships and English schools championships, where I represented West Midlands. I wasn’t very confident in how good I was and didn’t take my journey in athletics seriously...

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Feron Sayers

Achievements

I started sport as a footballer playing for West Bromwich Albion under 12's primary school. As soon as I started high school I went on a school athletics competition then got scouted because I finished first in all my events and noticed I was very quick for his age. From the age of 13/14, I took up the pentathlon which consists of 5 events (LJ,HJ,SH,SP,800M). That's when I gained my first international title indoors on Glasgow. At the age of 14 I took up the long jump a long side with the high jump. I'm the first British boy in...

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Courtney Tulloch

Achievements

When I was younger, I was a massive football fan. I watched it all the time with my brothers. One day I saw a player score a goal and do a somersault to celebrate, I thought to myself; wow, I wish I could do that. The next few weeks I drove my mum crazy cartwheeling and being upside down in the house so she took me to a gymnastics club, red bridge gymnastics club I was aged 6. The club talent identified me and told me to more to a better facilitated club called east London, I was here for...

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Beth Dobbin

Achievements

At the age of 14, my dad took me to the local athletics track where the coaches discovered my talent for sprinting. After struggling for a few years with illnesses, I finally had a breakthrough year when I won a silver medal in the English Schools Athletics Championships over 200m. Later that year, I moved to Loughborough University to study Psychology due to its renowned success with both academics and sports. There I met my current coach, former Commonwealth 200m Champion Leon Baptiste. I had a successful year running PB’s over the 60m and 200m. I also won a silver...

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Beverley Jones

Achievements

I was born in Queensferry, Flintshire in North Wales. I have Cerebral Palsy and first began playing cricket for Wales, I was even in the team that beat England at Lords in 1996. In 2000 I was selected for the Great Britain Team at the Summer Paralympics, competing in the T38 sprint. I’ve competed in a number of sports, starting with cricket and then moving onto sprinting. I then represented the Great Britain Paralympics Team in Athens at the Summer Games and then represented them again in Beijing in 2008. I then began concentrate on throwing events, mainly shot putt...

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Clinton Purnell

Achievements

I am originally from Tonyrefail in South Wales and have been a gymnast since the age of 6. I represented Great Britain in the Commonwealth Games in 2010, 2014 and Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and I am captain of the Welsh Gymnastics Squad. In 2010, I competed in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and in 2013 I retained my Men’s Artistic Single title with a clean sweep of gold medals. I recently competed in Norway for the Northern European Championships where I achieved a gold medal on the vault and a bronze on the floor and then...

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