UK Athletics Athletes’ Commission Members

HANNAH ENGLAND (1500m)

Chair

Hannah is a World Championship silver medallist in the 1500m and has been a professional athlete since graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2009. She was indoor and outdoor NCAA champion before an international career that has seen her compete at two Commonwealth Games, two European Championships, two World Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

She is one of the commission’s actively competing athletes and hopes that her presence in the competition environment will improve the commission’s perspective on what it’s like being a current athlete.

She joined the commission because she is passionate about optimising communication between athletes and our governing body to enable an effective and positive relationship. She is also passionate about the welfare of athletes throughout their career and hopes to see the conversion of more world class athletes into world class coaches.

Hannah put herself forward for chair of as she felt well-placed to compile and present athlete opinions and is excited about driving the commission’s agendas to bring about significant and positive changes.

 

HOLLY BRADSHAW (Pole Vault)

 

ASHLEY BRYANT (Decathlon)

 

NATHAN DOUGLAS (TRIPLE JUMP)

 

ADAM GEMILI (200m)

 

DAN GREAVES – (F44 Discus)

 

ANDREW HEYES (3000m / Cross Country)

 

STEPHEN MILLER (F32 Club Throw)

Stephen is a Paralympic athlete who has represented Great Britain for over 20 years, mainly in the F32 club throw event. He has competed in six Paralympic Games, seven World Championships and five European Championships, winning over 27 international medals.

In 1996 he became Britain’s youngest ever track and field Olympic or Paralympic gold medallist at the Atlanta Games. He then went on to be undefeated in all competitions until 2005.

Stephen held the F32 club throw world record from 1997 to 2008 and won gold at both the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, before agonisingly missing out on a third successive title in Beijing, coming away with silver.

At the London 2012 Paralympics, he was named team captain for the British athletics team. After London, Stephen had hip replacement surgery and came back to win bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

He was born with cerebral palsy, a form of brain damage that affects signals from the brain to the muscles and makes balance and coordination more difficult than usual.

Stephen holds a number of positions on boards and committees, including being a member of the World Para Athletics Athlete Advisory Group; secretary of NUDSA (Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association); and Chairman of Northumberland FA Inclusion Advisory Group.

In 2013, he Founded SMILE Through Sport – A non-profit community interest company that aims to inspire, educate and promote the enjoyment of disability sport through training and sport development. As part of his role, Stephen delivers motivational speaking and coaching.

Stephen is passionate about athletics and joined the Athletes’ Commission to help the development of the sport, improve processes and standard to ensure more people can access the sport and reap the benefits.

 

NAOMI OGBETA (Triple Jump)

 

STEPH TWELL (Marathon)

 

VANESSA WALLACE (F34 Shot Put)

Vanessa is a Paralympic thrower and the current triple British record holder for shot put, javelin and discus in the F34 class.

She is a student at the University of East London doing her undergraduate in Sports & Exercise Science and is studying for her Athletics Coach licence.

Nessa was appointed to the Inspiration Programme Board for the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, playing a key role in the organisation ahead of the Championships.

She has joined the Athletes’ Commission to be a vocal advocate for all athletes and to encourage and support positive changes within our sport, including in areas such as coach support and the welfare of athletes on the development pathway.

 

RICHARD WHITEHEAD (T61 100m & 200m)