Let’s hear from the athletes

From footballers to basketball players, and hockey stars to cricket captains – we have been speaking to them all! Read on to find out if you could follow in their footsteps, or be part of their winning team of professionals.



1. Charlotte Hartley – Hockey, England International

Charlotte has competed for Great Britain in hockey and won medals at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Charlotte studied Sports Science at Loughborough University achieving a first class degree.


2. S. Claire Taylor – Cricket

[Samantha] Claire Taylor MBE is a former English cricketer and retired member of the England women’s team. Her honours include two World Cups in 2009, including player of the year.


3. Sue Smith – Football, England International

Sue Smith is an English international footballer who plays for Doncaster Rovers Belles and England. She is an experienced left-sided winger or forward.



4. Casey Stoney – Football, England International

Casey Stoney currently plays for Lincoln Ladies. She is a defender and has been capped more than 90 times for the England women’s national football team.



5. Lesley Owusu – Athletics, 200m/400m runner

Lesley Owusu is an experienced international athlete who has represented Great Britain at the European, World and Commonwealth stages.



6. Kate Grey – Swimmer

Kate Grey made her international debut in the 2006 swimming world Championships in Durban, and her Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008.



7. Rachael Mackenzie – Thai Boxing

Rachael first became interested in Thai boxing at university. Rachael has fought and beaten the British, European and World Champions to earn the number 1 spot in the World Rankings.


8. Lee Fawcett – Wheelchair Basketball

Lee is a former Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball player and GB Wheelchair Fencer. He is currently the Head Coach and player for Newcastle Eagles Wheelchair Basketball Team.


9. Serita Shone – Bobsleigh

Serita is part of the Great Britain bobsleigh team with her natural ability to handle speed, G force and mental toughness all contributing to her success.



10. Andrew Sullivan – Basketball

Andrew Sullivan is a British professional basketball player. He plays for Leicester Riders and captains the Great Britain national team.



11. Vernon Samuels – Triple Jump

Vernon Samuels became interested in the triple jump at school and went onto compete in the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.



12. Jake Sheaf – Beach Volleyball

Jake started playing volleyball at the age of 14 for the England Cadets, and now trains full time having recently completed a degree in Sports Performance.



13. Michelle Vidler (formerly Rogers) – Judo

Michelle is a British judo practitioner, who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 78kg class.



14. Nicola Minichiello – Bobsleigh

Nicola is a British bobsledder who has competed since 2001. She made history with a gold medal in 2009 by becoming the first British female Bobsleigh Driver to win a World Championships.