Youth Panel members

Meet the England Athletics Youth Panel members

Name: Conrad Meagher (Chair)
Age: 23
Location: Bognor Regis

A little bit about me:
I am a recent graduate from the University of Sussex currently working in educational management and will be studying for a Masters in Human Resource Management. I run, coach and am on the management committee at my local athletics club in Chichester.

Why I wanted to part of the Youth Panel:
I am passionate about promoting young people in all aspects of athletics and hope that the efforts of the Youth Panel will support young athletes and volunteers and provide them with opportunities to grow and excel.

Name: Liam Hunt (Assistant Chair)
Age: 21
Location: Cambridge/Norwich

A little bit about me:
I have a few different roles within athletics, such as a coach, volunteer and soon to be official. I enjoy volunteering in all aspects of sport and I was lucky enough to volunteer at the Para and World Athletics Championships as part of the Lane Marker and Blocks team in the summer of 2017. I am currently a second-year student studying Physical Education at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which I am thoroughly enjoying. I am part of the UEA Sports Scholarship programme this year, which has supported me in my training by providing workshops, seminars and guidance with balancing my university and training workload. Outside of athletics, I coach a variety of different sports at different levels and participating in outdoor activities which I really enjoy!

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
My first main role with in athletics was as a coach, I enjoyed learning the technical knowledge on the course, but I had to overcome barriers to get there. By joining the Youth Panel, I was hoping to offer my insight in how to make the steps in becoming a coach as easy as possible for young people.

Name: Zoe Draper (Communication Officer)
Age: 24
Location: Hampshire

A little bit about me:
I started out in Athletics when I was 13 and competed for my school in mainly the 800m and shot put. After I left school and went to university I stopped doing athletics for a few years. I currently coach several times a week, focusing mainly on sprints and jumps. I am a Coaching Assistant and am in the process of doing my full Athletics Coach qualification. I have volunteered at several of British Athletics events. I worked at the London Anniversary Games and the Muller Birmingham Grand Prix as a Results Runner. I also worked in the Hero Village at the World Athletics Championships on UK Sport’s stand.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel
I particularly wanted to join the England Athletics Youth Panel as I want to make a difference to athletics for young people. I think that there is so much more that can be done to not only get more young people staying involved with the sport but also getting them back involved with athletics. I also want to raise the profile of athletics as a sport. I think it’s such a great sport to get involved in.

Name: Kate Inch (Secretary)
Age: 19
Location: Essex

A little bit about me:
I have been with my home athletics club for 14 years and tend to train up to 5 times a week and coach twice a week, whilst only really officiating in the summer. I’m in my first year at Oxford University and I have really enjoyed meeting new people through athletics and seeing how different clubs work. I am currently training for the London Marathon, which I will complete in April 2018 to raise money for the Stroke Association. I will also be team managing a group of U15 girls from my club this athletics season which is always enjoyable as I have worked with the same group of girls for four years and love seeing them progress each year.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel as I met some of the members at the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp and it seemed like an amazing opportunity to get more involved with athletics and have an impact on a larger scale.

Name: Chloe Williams
Age: 19
Location: Kent

A little bit about me:
I started out in athletics when I was eight. I started competing Indoors with my team, who were called the Baby Bolts. I then joined Thanet AC in 2010. I compete in the hammer, shot and discus. In 2014, I became an official in 2014 and have worked my way up the levels. Recently I officiated at the World Championships and the World Para Championships in London. I am now currently working towards the Athletics Coach award. I am currently studying Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Kent. My long-term goal is to become a qualified sports therapist and work within a sports club or with a sports team and help treat the players/athletes through their injuries and back to full health.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I decided to join the Youth Panel because I think there are things that need to be changed to give everyone a chance to get involved with athletics as well as promoting the different roles available. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and working with them to make athletics better, not just of us but for the future of the sport.

Name: Dom Ellis
Age: 18
Location: Warrington

A little bit about me:
I moved down from the North East during September 2017 to begin my career on the railways. My athletics involvement spans across officiating, leading groups and being a (not very) competitive athlete. I’ve been involved in athletics for eight years, and volunteering for three years.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I wanted to join the Youth Panel as another way of giving something back to the sport and creating positive change in athletics.

Name: Haylie Francis
Age: 23
Location: London

A little bit about me:
I am a past 400m runner and high jump competitor and now a Coaching Assistant. I studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton BSc (hons) and am currently doing an MSc Applied Sport Physiology.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I wanted to join the Youth Panel to put what I have learnt from being an athlete and a coach into practice to help behind the scenes in improving performance for young athletes. Additionally I wanted to help improve access to coaching in specific events at all clubs, as well looking how we can develop opportunities in recreational training for those who don’t want to compete, or compete less regularly.

Name: Khuwayne Linton
Age: 16
Location: London

A little bit about me:
I officially started doing athletics in 2014 and began competing as a member of the S Factor Athletics club in 2015 while doing 100m and later doing shot put. I have competed in indoor and outdoor meetings and championships in the past and I have won four medals in Shot Put (one gold, three bronze), majorly in the Kent and SEAA Championships. As one of the top athletes in my club, I’ve encouraged and helped younger athletes by leading the events/fixtures for the club to compete in open meetings, competitions and championships.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I believe my experience as an athlete and my past experiences working in groups and councils such as the Young Advisors, working under the Young Mayors of Lewisham, can really help support the projects that the England Athletics Youth Panel are working on. As one of the only BME members of the youth panel, I feel like I am representing that community, but I am also representing South London and the borough of Lewisham proudly.

Name: Laura Mole
Age: 23
Location: Newcastle

A little bit about me
I am a 2016 graduate from Northumbria University with a BSc degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. I am currently studying a PGCE in Primary Education through North Tyneside SCITT. I first became involved in athletics at the age of seven when I attended Star:Track holiday camps. I really enjoyed these and so joined my local athletics club, North Shields Poly, and focused on sprints – 100m and 200m are my main events. I went to English Schools in 2011 but this ended in a long term injury for me. While trying to get back into running this injury gave me the chance to stay involved in athletics in new ways and so I became Junior Team Manager. Through this I have built up the juniors from only having a handful of competing athletes in 2012 to having a team of 30 in 2015 resulting in us getting promoted to division 1!

Why I wanted to part of the Youth Panel:
I applied to be a member of the Youth Panel, because athletics as a sport has really improved my confidence as I have always been quite a shy person. I want to give something back to the sport. I want to prove to young athletes that even if things aren’t going to plan that is no reason to drop-out of the sport as there are so many other roles to get involved with.

Name: Lizzy Elleray
Age: 21
Location: Manchester

A little bit about me:
I am a fourth year dental student at the university of Manchester and I am actively involved in recreational running at the university. I am president of my university running club (Run Wild), a free weekly running group for all young people and we regularly get 80-100 runners every week. I am also involved in engaging and encouraging young people into running; at the university we have a target to get 3,000 staff and students to run the Great Manchester Run on 20th May 2018. I completed my Leadership in Running Fitness course in 2016 and I am working towards become first aid trained in sport injuries

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
Although my experiences lie outside the world of athletics, I bring a different perspective as my experiences arise from recreational running. I look forward to bringing my ideas to the young panel and working with the rest of the panel in developing sport and volunteering for young people. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the panel and I am excited to see what projects we can get involved with.

Name: Lois Fileman
Age: 17
Location: Devon

A little bit about me:
I have been involved in athletics for about four years as an athlete in the hammer and discus events and as a volunteer at my club. I’m currently in sixth-form studying for my A-levels in PE, Biology, Physics and Core Maths.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I decided to join the Youth Panel in 2017 as I wanted to be able to raise issues and voice the opinions of young athletes in the south west, and to help improve athletics and running for all young people

Name: Sophie Warden
Location: Preston

A little bit about me:
I’m a sprinter and long jumper from Lancashire and member of Preston Harriers! I first stepped on a track when I was nine months old and have never really left. I’m a volunteer, club committee member, Mental Health Ambassador and coach who is always working hard for our sport!

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel to represent all of the Northerners and give something back to the sport that I love so much!

Name: Tom Gould
Age: 18
Location: Bicester/Coventry (University)

A little bit about me:
I’m from Oxfordshire and I have been part of my club Bicester AC since I was seven. I have competed through the years in different events and competitions, and created a big interest and love for all of athletics, but especially endurance running where I have raced at the cross country inter-counties for several years.

For the last six years I have become involved in leadership at school and my club, and have progressed to now where I have received my Coaching Assistant qualification. I really enjoy coaching and being able to use my knowledge and experience to teach younger athletes and see them have fun and develop through the sport. I’m also ran a support programme for young leaders at my club, so I could pass on my experience and enthusiasm and help achieve retaining young people in our sport. Now at university, I have continued to coach and contribute to the support of young leaders in the west midlands and aspire towards my Athletics Coach qualification.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel
In 2014 I went on the National Talent Camp as a coach as part of England Athletics. It was here I was introduced to the Youth Panel (which was then called the Youth Advisory Group) and when I began being interested in being further involved in the sport I love. I joined because of this and the opportunity to use my experience to make a difference and make athletics as good as it can be for all those who share my passion for the sport. I am excited to meet new people with similar interests and gain further experience from other people.

Name: Phoebe Harland
Age: 17
Location: West Midlands

A little bit about me:
As a member of Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham, I have enjoyed representing them in many competitions over the last four years; The Youth Development League and Midlands Seniors League, as well as English Schools and England Indoor and Outdoor Championships have been particular highlights.

I’ve enjoyed volunteering as a kit carrier at British Championships and Diamond League meetings and have fond memories of some great athletics performances at these. Sport is a huge part of my life and as well as athletics I’ve had a great time playing Warwickshire Netball and Hockey for many years. Combined with participating in many school sports, I have appreciated the numerous benefits that sport can bring.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
Joining the Youth Panel, I am keen to raise the profile of athletics in schools and give younger generations more chances to ‘get started’ and enjoy the many opportunities across the world of Athletics. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Name: Rebecca Pickard
Age: 19
Location: Hertfordshire

A little bit about me:
I first became involved in athletics 10 years ago when I joined Stevenage and North Herts as a 12-year-old. I am still a competing athlete, regularly competing in the 400m hurdles. Over the last few years I have taken on several volunteering roles within the sport. I am a sprints and hurdles event group coach and I regularly coach both with the combined events group at the athletics club and at Satellite clubs. I am also the team manager for the Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club Women’s Southern Athletics League team. Last year I became a level 1 photo finish official, so I also enjoy helping out with the photo finish at league matches hosted at the club.

I am currently a student at the University of Hertfordshire studying Sports Studies which involves modules on Sports Development, coaching and management.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel because I love everything about the sport, both as an athlete and a volunteer so I wanted to be part of something that could help all young people have a great experience in athletics.

Name: Will Stockley
Age: 19
Location: Trowbridge

A little bit about me: I have previously represented England at the SIAB internationals for steeplechase after coming second at English Schools back in 2015. However, I have unfortunately been injured since then yet have spent much of my time, keeping in touch with athletics, through marshalling and coaching, with the goal, of course, being to return from injury and reach the levels in which I was once at.

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel:
To help promote and develop athletics among the younger age groups!

Name: Lucy Dodd
Age: 18
Location: London/Essex

A little bit about me: I’ve been involved in Athletics since I was around seven years old at Orion Harriers. In this time, I’ve competed in almost every event (currently specialising in hammer), team managed, coached and officiated. One of the highlights from my time volunteering was kit carrying at the World Championships last year- I was lucky enough to kit carry for events including the 4×100 finals, 800m finals, 10,000m finals and 200m finals. Outside of sport, I study PE, Psychology and Sociology A level with the aim of going to university to study Sports Science in September. I also enjoy traveling, music and dyeing my hair bright colours!

Why I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel: I wanted to be part of the Youth Panel as I was interested in seeing how young people’s voices were heard within the athletics community. I also wanted to be more involved in athletics and help make a difference to the future of the sport, and I thought this was the best way of doing that. Being able to get mine and others’ voice across feels very rewarding, and being part of the Youth Panel definitely does that!