Our 2020/21 Scholars

Loughborough's elite athletes

Tier 1

Holly is pole vaulting at BUCS 2020

Holly Bradshaw

Pole Vault

Holly Bradshaw is one of the most successful British female field eventers of the past decade. National record holder for the pole vault both indoors and outdoors, Holly has won 13 British titles alongside four European medals and a bronze World Indoor medal. In 2019 she achieved her highest place finish at an outdoor World Championships by finishing in 4th place.

Holly joined the Loughborough Athletics Programme in 2019 after enrolling in an MSc in Psychology. She made a fantastic start to her Loughborough athletics career by winning the 2020 Indoor BUCS title with a new Championship Best of 4.65m.  

Coach: Scott Simpson

Niamh Emerson


Britain has excelled in producing world class female multi eventers, from Mary Peters to Jessica Ennis-Hill, Denise Lewis to Katerina Johnson-Thomspon, and Niamh Emerson is fast becoming the next one to watch. 

Four years after Loughborough's own Morgan Lake won World Junior heptathlon gold, 2018 was Niamh's turn to top the podium as the world's best junior multi-eventer. Niamh only completed two heptathlons in 2018, but she made sure those two counted, and as well as the aforementioned World Junior gold, Niamh took Commonwealth bronze for England at her first major senior Championships.

Although injury scuppered most of the 2019 outdoor season, it wasn't before Niamh took her first medal in a senior British vest, winning a silver medal behind KJT in the Pentathlon at the European Indoor Championships, setting a world best score for a 19 year old in the process. As Jess Ennis-Hill had half an eye on a young Kat Johnson-Thompson in 2012, it seems that history may be repeating itself. Niamh will hope to be on the plane to Tokyo in 2021, with Kat having half an eye on yet another young multi-talented British female.  

Coaches: David Feeney/Shaun Pickering/Graham Ravenscroft/Goldie Sayers

Jessica Judd


Jess Judd has been competing on a global stage since she was just 16. World Youth and World Junior medalist before arriving at Loughborough in 2014, Jess has gone on to compete at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships across the 800m, 1500m and 5000m, and now has her sights firmly set on a seat to the Toyko Olympics in 2021. 

Adept across all surfaces, Jess has been a major contributor to the Loughborough endurance women's BUCS medal tally during her time here, winning multiple medals indoors, outdoor and at cross country, as well as strongly contributing towards Loughborough's women's cross country team victories in recent years.

Morgan Lake

High Jump

In 2014 Morgan Lake was crowned the most successful Junior multi-eventer in the world when she won the World Junior Championships Heptathlon title in Eugene, USA. Not content with one gold medal, Morgan returned to the stadium four days later to take the win in the high jump as well.

Since then, Morgan has gone on to specialise in the high jump where she holds national records in the U17, U20 and U23 age groups. She is the joint indoor British record holder with a height of 1.97m, a height which she has also achieved outdoors to place her joint second on the British all time list.   

Although 2020 sees Morgan graduate from the U23 age group category, she already holds six senior national titles and has represented Great Britain at European, World and Olympic level. 2018 also saw Morgan representing Engand at her first Commonwealth Games, where she jumped 1.93m to take silver. 

Coaches: Eldon Lake/Fuzz Caan

Ben Pattison


Ben Pattison arrives to Loughborough in 2020 as a truly exceptional middle distance talent. In 2018 he followed up his Indoor and Outdoor National Championship victories over the 400m with a 4th place 400m finish at the European U18 Championships. But it was evident that he made the right choice to step up to 800m in 2019, and in his first full season at the event he finished 2nd at the European U20 Championships, as well as setting a time in June that year which placed him 8th on the U20 UK All Time lists. 

Ben still managed to fit in one 400m race in 2019, and it was fitting that it took place at the Loughborough International. He set a PB on the track which would soon become his training base, with a time that was good enough to see him ranked 2nd in the UK for the 400m for 2019, to go alongside his 2nd placed 800m national ranking.

Zak Skinner

T13 Long Jump and 100m

Zak Skinner is the British record holder for the T13 long jump, and in 2019, having just turned 21, he attended his 3rd major Para Championships. Zak has a condition called ocular albinism, which causes 75/6 vision - he needs to be six metres away from an object to see what a person with perfect vision can see at 75 metres.

The long jumper, sprinter (and occasional shot putter!) comes from a multi events background, but decided to specialise in the speed/power events in 2017. Since then he has attended two World Para Championships and one European Para Championships, picking up European long jump silver in Berlin in 2018 and finishing 4th and 5th in the same event at London 2017 and Dubai 2019 respectively. 

Zak has won medals in the 100m, long jump and shot at BUCS competitions over the past few years, and Loughborough is excited to be supporting Zak's ambition to attend his first Paralympic Games, with Tokyo in 2021 the ultimate goal. 

Coach: Aston Moore

Tiers 2 and 3

Georgina Adam, 200m. Coach: Joe McDonnell

Kalechi Aguocha, High Jump. Coach: Fuzz Caan

George Armstrong, Discus. Coach: Zane Duquemin

Daniel Bainbridge, Javelin. Coach: Mike McNeill

Ellen Barber, Heptathlon. Coach: David Feeney

Owaab Barrow, 110mH. Coach: Michael Baker

Emily Borthwick, High Jump. Coach: Fuzz Caan

Molly Caudery, Pole Vault. Coach: Scott Simpson

Lydia Church, T12 Shot Put. Coach: Jim Edwards

Nicolas DeLuca, High Jump. Coach: Fuzz Caan

Seamus Derbyshire, 400mH. Coach: Nick Dakin

Charlie Dobson, 200m. Coach: Benke Blomvkist

Steph Driscoll, 400mH. Coach: Nick Dakin

Cameron Fillery, 110mH. Coach: Michael Baker

Will Grimsey, High Jump. Coach: Fuzz Caan

Natasha Harrison, 400m. Coach: Alex O'Gorman

Alex Haydock-Wilson, 400m. Coach: Michael Baker

Tom Hewson, Javelin. Coach: Mark Bradford

Cari Hughes, 1500m. Coach: Lewis Moses

Lily Hulland, Triple Jump. Coach: Femi Akinsanya

George Hyde, Shot. Coach: Stuart Carlaw

Alex Knibbs, 400mH. Coach: Nick Dakin

Joshua Lay, 1500m. Coach: Sonia & Chris McGeorge

JJ Lister, Pole Vault. Coach: Scott Simpson

Ioanna Malli, Javelin. Coach: David Turner

Megan Marrs, 100mH. Coach: Alex Nwenwu

Ossama Meslek, 1500m. Coach: Matt Yates

Nessa Millet, 400mH. Coach: Nick Dakin

Rio Mitcham, 200m. Coach: Leon Baptiste

Tom Mortimer, 5000m. Coach: Christopher Brown

Nate Moses, Discus. Coach: Gary Herrington

Hannah Nuttall, 3000m. Coach: John Nuttall 

Chris O'Donnell, 400m. Coach: Michael Baker

Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker, T47 100m. Coach: Leon Baptiste

Zoe Pollock, 400m. Coach: Nick Dakin

Alisha Rees, 100m. Coach: Leon Baptiste

Matt Stonier, 3000m. Coach: Peter Mullervy

Kirsty Taylor, T44 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Coach: Joe McDonnell

Adam Thomas, 100m. Coach: Leon Baptiste

Taia Tunstall, Discus. Coach: Stuart Carlaw

Bekah Walton, Javelin. Coach: David Turner

Jamie Webb, 800m. Coach: Matt Yates

Benjamin West, 3000m. Coach: Kyle Bennett


Any enquiries regarding Sports Scholarships should be directed to Ruth Goodfield, Sport Scholarship Manager at V.R.Goodfield@lboro.ac.uk. Further information can be found in the link below