Athletes

Clare Hole, Dressage

Clare Hole is a dressage participant from Bury St Edmunds and ranked no.2 in Great Britain at Under 16 level (2016) and world ranked 14. Clare represented GB at the Pony European Championships in 2015 helping the team to win Team Gold for the first time ever.

Follow Clare on Instagram here!


Nathaniel Wilding, Powerlifting

Nathaniel (left) first got involved in powerlifting through the Norwich union games in 2007. He spends 5 days a week in training doing double sessions so he can continually progress and achieve better results.


Levi Hoang, Badminton

Levi Hoang is a badminton player from Ipswich and trains at the Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre. He is currently (Jan 2017) the 4th best player in England in his age group in singles and the 5th in boys doubles.


Kylie Bilchev, Tennis

Kylie Bilchev started playing tennis at the age of 6 when coaches from Jamie Yates’ programme came to her school in Kesgrave looking for talent. Since then various coaches have contributed to Kylie’s development, all under Jamie’s program. She is currently coached by Andrew Richardson.

At the age of 8 Kylie was winning regional tournaments and at the age of 9 she won her first National Tour final. She has been in the national squad from the age of 10. In the following years she won two more national finals. In 2015 Kylie represented Great Britain in both Winter Cup and Summer Nations Cup where she won 14 of 16 matches. She also won 2 Tennis Europe tournaments and was a finalist in another two and became the AEGON Junior Player of the month for July 2015. Kylie’s favourite achievements in 12U are Finalist in Auray, France, Semi-finalist in the Eddie Herr, Florida, and 6th place in the Orange Bowl in Florida.


Marshal Childs, Athletics

Marshall is a javelin thrower from Ipswich and a member of the GB U20’s squad. As well as this, Marshall is British ranked 2; Home Nations ranked 1.  He aims to qualify for the European Championships and hit 70m and in the long term wishes to be selected for the Olympics. Marshall has also received a sports scholarship from University of Suffolk for 2015/2016.


Jack Faull, Para Rower

Jack Faull (far right), who suffers with right sided cerebral palsy started rowing at university. in November 2014 he attended a GB trial and achieved 3:30.3 on the 1K ergo. Jack has also attended a national para-rowing development camp in 2014.


Jack Nobbs, Archery

Jack Nobbs  (second from right) is a member of the England U18 squad. He is also a member of Archery GB Academy and British ranked 5th overall.


Oliver Vobe, Archery

Oliver is an archer from Kesgrave. He is U16’s British ranking 14th and a member of Archery GB Academy.


Georgia Allen, Football

Georgia Allen plays in midfield for Arsenal and England Under 17 Women. She’s represented England in the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship in 2014/2015 and was the FA Youth Cup winner 2015. Georgia was recently awarded a scholarship to play and study at East Tennessee University in America.

You can follow Georgia on Twitter here!


Esther Little, Basketball

Esther began playing basketball at the age of 11 for fun and hasn’t looked back since; she now plays for Ipswich and England and is currently in England Under 16 squad.. Esther played for England at Under 15 level at the Copenhagen International Basketball Tournament in 2015 aged 13.

You can follow Esther on Twitter here! 


Lily May Humphreys, Golf

Lily May Humphreys is a member of the England Women’s team and ranked 1337 Women’s WAGR, European U14 No 1, British U16 Girls Order of Merit 4th.

Lily has been selected to the National U18 squad for the first time this year as a result of excellent performances and showing a high level of commitment and engagement in the regional programme. 2016 highlights for Lily include winning the Fairhaven Trophy, 3rd European Young Masters, winning the English U16 Girls Open, reaching the last 8 of the British Girls Open and winning the North of England U16 Open. She made the cut in her first professional event (playing as an amateur) in the WPGA International Challenge (a LETAS event) and came T25th. She represented England in the U16 matches against Spain and Switzerland, the European Girls’ Team Championships, European Young Masters and Girls’ Home Internationals. She finished 4th in the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit in 2016.

You can follow Lily on Twitter here!


Connie Powell, Rugby

Connie Powell is part of the U18 talent development programme (TDG) and is a very driven and committed player who is focused on developing in to the best player she can be. She has moved through the player pathway where she was selected in to the SE U15 Academy and in to the TDG programme. Since this she has continued to progress and has been selected in to the U18 TDG. Connie has made the positional change to Hooker in January 2016 and this move has been a very successful one in no small part due to her hard work. Currently ranked as the best Hooker in our Junior Depth chart; Connie is expected to be nominated for England U20 trails in her first year of eligibility.


Finlay Parnell, Water Polo

Finlay Parnell is a member of the GB Squad. 2000 men’s ranked British Top 13. Finlay currently represents England in the U17 squad. Finlay is a highly valuable and effective member of their team and a consistent performer. Finlay has made their aspirations to work towards Senior GB representation very clear and their coaches have indicated to us that if they continue down their current path they will be a very strong contender for GBR selection in the future.

Some of his other achievements include:

  • October 2016 – Competed in the Duke of Cambridge Cup Mens 2000 and came 2nd
  • March 2016 – Competed in 1999 European Tournament and came 6th out of 12.

Blake Hoang is a member of the GB Squad and plays at the Ipswich Badminton Performance Centre and ranked U14 British No 4. Blake started this season well, most notably by winning the boys doubles title at the U13 English Nationals and reaching the final of the singles event, winning a Silver medal.  He has also reached the semi finals of the singles event at an U17 Silver event, playing 2 years young. He is currently ranked 4th in his year group (2004) in singles.


Veron Eze, Basketball

Veron Eze is a member of the England squad and the Ipswich Basketball Club. Veron had a very good past year with the England U15 Boys programme and was in the final 12 to go and compete at the Copenhagen Invitational but he unfortunately got injured last minute and had to be replaced. The team then went on to win the tournament. He is back within the U15/U16 Boys programmes this year and will be looking to push on further this year.


Georgia Eaton-Collins, Football

Georgia is a member of the England squad and plays for Millwall. She has progressed through the talent pathway being involved in the U16 Italy tournament and playing her part in the U17 UEFA Qualification Tournament in October 2016.


Rebecca Sherwin is a member of the GB squad with great prospects for the Commonwealth Games relay events in free. As well as great prospects for the future, she has already achieved some great results in swimming;

  • U16 200 Freestyle British No 3
  • U16 Backstroke 200 British No 4
  • U16 100 Backstroke British No 4

Jordan Catchpole, Para-Swimmer

Jordan Catchpole is a member of the GB squad and ranked British No 1 in Backstroke. He is a well accomplished Para swimmer who competed in the December 2016 National Para Swimming Disability Championships. Jordan has progressed to the top of the England Para-swimming Talent pathway and has been selected for the Para-Academy squad which is the transition phase from England to World Class.

His other recent achievements include:

  • 100 Freestyle 1st
  • 100 Breaststroke 2nd
  • 50 Freestyle 1st
  • 200 1M 1st
  • 100 Backstroke 1st
  • 200 Freestyle 1st

You can follow Jordan on Twitter here!


Caleb Fuller, Basketball

Caleb has played for England since he was 14, including representing them at the European Championships at Under 16 level. He has once again been chosen to train with England with a view to representing the under 18 men’s team at the European Championships in 2017. Early in the season, Caleb was averaging 22.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game in the EABL.

You can follow Caleb on Twitter here!


Elise Martin De La Torre, Swimming

Elise began swimming at the age of seven as it gave her a sense of achievement. Since then she has competed in numerous events – some of her achievements are listed below:

  • World Ranking: 7th European Ranking: 4th British Ranking: 2nd Home Nation Ranking: 1st
  • Manchester Open Disability Long Course Event: 50 Fly – 2nd place, 200 Individual Medley – 2nd place, 100 Freestyle – 3rd place.
  • 50 m fly World No 8, European No 5, British No 2
  • April 2016 – British Para Internationals 50 fly she came 3rd
  • In December 2016 Elise competed in the Disability Long Course Championships and came 2nd in 50m fly

Elise is also lucky enough to be part of the British Paralympic swimming programme and a member of the British Swimming Academy Squad. This is all thanks to her training three times a week and her coach pushing her to be the best she can be.


Jonathan Adams, Athletics

Jonathan Adams is a paralympian athlete from England competing mainly in category 34 throwing events. He qualified to represent the Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, competing in the F34 shot put. Jonathan failed to qualify for Rio 2016.World Ranking: 10 European Ranking: 5 British Ranking: 2

He became involved in sport while in primary school after he took part in the Norfolk Youth Games. A student at Loughborough College, by 2009 Adams was entering youth competitions in the shot put and discus, recording a personal best in the shot of 9.84m in September. In 2010 Jonathan improved on both his shot put and discus records 10.59m and 36.27m respectively.

In April 2011, Jonathan entered the IWAS World Junior Championships, held in Dubai. There he won silver in both the discus and shot. That year he also entered meets in Germany and the Netherlands. In 2012 he was selected to represent the Great Britain team in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the F34 shot put event. Before the start of the Paralympics, Adams confessed that he did not expect to win a medal, but would use the London 2012 games as a spring board to achieving success in the 2016 Games in Rio.

You can follow Jonathan on Twitter here!


Joseph Drake,Topper,

Joseph Drake, Sailing

Joseph Drake ranks 9th in the World ranking and 2nd in British. This is amongst his other previous achievements:

  • Topper Nationals Event: National championship, Result: 2nd overall
  • Topper Worlds Event: world championships, Result: 9th overall

Joe Kerrison, Boxing

Joe is a very talented young boxer who trains at Lowestoft Amateur Boxing Club. Having recently competed in Russia at the European Schoolboy Championships, Joe performed exceptionally well and came away with a silver medal and is now ranked second in Europe.

You can follow Joe on Twitter here!


Callum Wilkinson, Race Walking

Callum Wilkinson took his sporting career to the next level by becoming the first British competitor to win a global walking title since 1964 when he claimed victory in the 10,000m at the World Under-20 Championships in Poland, clocking a national junior record of 40min 41.62sec. The teenager also came fourth for Great Britain in the junior event at the World Race Walking Team Championships in Italy, as well as securing further backing from British Athletics’ Futures Programme.

Callum said “I was the first British walker to win a global title in 52 years and I got recognition from people like Paula Radcliffe and Seb Coe. If it can push me towards emulating them and challenging for Olympic medals in the future that would be great.”

Callum was shortlisted for European Athletics’ rising star of the year award and was proud to collect numerous gongs, including under-20 performance athlete of the year at England Athletics’ Hall of Fame gala and young male athlete of the year at the British Athletics Writers Association Awards.

You can follow Callum on Twitter here!


Lucy Turmel, Squash

Lucy Turmel has moved up into the U19 age category and finished 3rd in her first U19 Individual European Championships. The Suffolk starlet also helped England retain the U17 European junior team title last season, as she dominated the deciding match against France in the final. The summer of 2016 saw Lucy compete in her 2nd U19 junior World Championship, which took place in Poland, she lost in a tight battle against a highly rated Egyptian opponent before winning all of her remaining playoff matches.

Lucy is an extremely dedicated highly driven athlete who recognises the importance of the support required as well as the need to build a strong support team around her. Lucy currently balances training like a full-time athlete with her BTEC extended Diploma in Sports Science & Performance course that she is taking at Ipswich’s Suffolk One college, as well as spending time with her family and trying to find time to socialise with her friends.

Her coach, Lee Drew, said “it is great to be based here at Ipswich and to be able to work with such a dedicated young player with a dream and huge aspirations. ” Drew continued “Lucy takes ownership of her programme and development, which makes it very easy for me, she has a growth mindset mixed with dedication and a stubbornness that is need to succeed”.

Lucy Turmell has just won European team gold 

You can follow Lucy on Twitter here!


Maya Price, Basketball

Maya Price, 15, has continued her rise in the sport after being chosen for an age group programme for the third successive year. Price was a member of the England under-16 women national team programme last season and the national development programme for U15 girls the year before. This season she represented the east region in the annual regional development tournament before being handed her latest opportunity with the England under-17 women’s squad.

On her achievement, Maya said: “Being with England U17 is a great opportunity for me. I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to represent my country. “I’ve been playing basketball for about five years now and training with England is a massive achievement for me. I’m looking forward to the challenges that I’ll face.”

You can follow Maya on Twitter here!


Justice Hall, Tennis

Justice Hall is a young tennis player from Ipswich. She is a member of the Great Britain 12 and under squad and trains 15 hours a week. Justice’s greatest achievement to date was a 3rd place finish at the National Finals last year. More recently she entered an under 14 event and won her second title of the season against girls 3 years older than her. British Tennis describe Justice as ‘an athlete of real potential’. They say that ‘She has been in national camps for 2 years and is showing real potential to be able to step up to compete at international level.’

You can follow Justice on Twitter here!

Please note that all information about athletes was correct at the time of publication.