Our 2022/23 Scholars

Loughborough's elite athletes

Abbie Donnelly

10,000m

Coach: Bill Foster

Abi Pawlett

Heptathlon

The UK continues to produce top class heptathletes, and Abi Pawlett is steadily rising up through the all time rankings. Featuring in the U20 UK top 10 for four individual events, Abi's heptathlon PB score of 5593 moves her to 11th on the all time list for UK Junior heptathletes. She finished 7th at the European Junior Championships in Tallin in 2021, as well as finishing in 2nd place at the England U20 Championships in the 100mH in the same year.

As well as being a scholar at Loughborough, she was invited onto the British Athletics Futures program for the 2021/22 season and will be aiming for the World Junior Championships in Colombia in 2022.  

Coach: Ashley Bryant

Alex Cooper

400m

Coach: Grant Barker

Alex Haydock-Wilson

400m

Coach: Benke Blomkvist

Alex Melloy

800m

Coach: Mark Vile

Alexandra Millard

1500m

Coach: Bill Foster

Archie Yeo

Triple Jump

Coach: Lukasz Zawila

Ben Pattison with the Union Jack flag on his shoulders on a running track with other competitors

Ben Pattison

800m

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.

Coach: Dave Ragan

Ben West

3000m

Coach: Kyle Bennett

Charlie Dobson

200m

Coach: Benke Blomkvist

Charlotte Dannatt

10,000m

Coach: Kyle Bennett

David Race

1500m

Coach: Kyle Bennett

Emily Newnham

400mH

Coach: Nick Dakin

Emily Borthwick

High Jump

Coach: 

Emmanuel Duruiheoma

100m

Coach: Leon Baptiste

Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker

Para Sprints

Coach: Joe McDonnell

George Hyde

Shot Put

Coach: Stuart Carlaw

Ioanna Malli

Javelin

Coach: Dave Turner

Jamie Webb

800m

Coach: 

Kelechi Aguocha

High Jump

Coach: Robbie Grabarz

Lily Hulland

Triple Jump

Coach: Lukasz Zawila

Lucy Matthews competing in hurdles

Lucy-Jane Matthews

100m Hurdles

Lucy-Jane Matthews is one of the most exciting young sprint hurdlers to have come from the UK in recent times. A talented multi-eventer at U15, she started specialising in the hurdles at U17 level. She is the UK record holder at age 17 and U18 age group for the 100m hurdles and placed 3rd at the European U20 Championships when she was still in the U17 age group.

In 2020 she placed 2nd to Olympian Cindy Sember at the British Championships, and finished 3rd in the UK rankings for the year as well as 3rd on the all time U20 lists. 

Coaches: Benke Blomkvist/Ashley Bryant

Luke Nuttall

Para 1500m

Coach: Alison Wyeth

Lydia Church

Para Shot

Coach: 

Matt Stonier

1500m

Coach: Chris & Sonia McGeorge 

Molly Caudery

Pole Vault

Coach: Scott Simpson

Molly Palmer

Long Jump

Coach: Lukasz Zawila

Natasha Harrison

400m

Coach: Alex O'Gorman

Niamh

Niamh Emerson

Heptathlon

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: Ashley Bryant

Nicolas DeLuca

High Jump

Coach: 

Owaab Barrow

110mH

Coach: Jerzy Maciukiewicz

Owen Merrett

Hammer Throw

Coach: Matt Spicer

Rebekah Walton

Javelin

Coach: David Turner

Ruby Jerges

Long Jump

Coach: Lukasz Zawila

Sam Brereton

High Jump

Coach: Robbie Grabarz

Sophie Ashurst

Pole Vault

Coach: Kate Rooney

Steph Driscoll

800m

Coach: Trevor Painter

Taia Tunstall

Discus

Coach: Stuart Carlaw

Tom Hewson

Javelin

Coach: Mark Bradford

Thomas Holmes

Javelin

Coach: Mark Bradford

Thomas Young

Para Sprints

Coach: Joe McDonnell

Tom Mortimer

5000m

Coaches: Chris & Sonia McGeorge

Zak on the running track

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 and sprinter 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.

2021 was easily his most successful year to date when he won double gold at the European Para Championships in the 100m and long jump and finished 4th at the Tokyo Paralympics. 

Coach: Aston Moore