Our World Class champions

The Future

The Future

Our Ambassador programme is where most of our athletes aspire to reach in the short term. This is the point where they graduate our DIS programme often moving on to national programmes or professional teams. Our ambassadors have all benefited and utilised the Institute in many ways and we are proud to see them go on to achieve success in the next stage of their career and become mentors and role models for the next generation of Derbyshire athletes.

The number of National, European, Commonwealth and World titles listed below is justification for all the hard work put in by the athletes, coaches and support staff, and great evidence of the role The Derbyshire Institute of Sport plays in the community.

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Niamh Emerson, Heptathlon. 2018 Commonwealth Bronze Medal, 2018 World Junior Champion, Silver Medal European Indoor Championships 2019 (pentathlon). Niamh is currently sitting as the number 2 ranked Heptathlete in the UK and the first teenager ever to score 4000 points at indoor Pentathlon.

Alicia Barrett, 100m Hurdles, Finalist at Commonwealth Games 2018, selected for the British squad to compete in the IAAF World Champs in London 2017.  Coached by Tony Minichello

Judah Simpson, Former sprinter and Rugby player, and member of Team GB Bobsleigh team

James Shaw, Road Racing Cyclist, member of UCI Continental Team Swift Carbon Pro.  Tour of Britain 2016. 10th UCI World Road Race Champs U23 2018.

Sam Lowe, Road Race Cycling,  Former Team Wiggins , competed for Team GB at U23 Category. Former junior Road Race champion.

Charlie Tanfield, Graduated onto the GB Cycling Mens Endurance Programme in 2018. Rode in the men’s team pursuit event at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, winning the Gold medal. Tanfield won silver in the team pursuit and Gold in the Individual pursuit at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he set of time of 4:11.45 the third fastest Individual pursuit time in history.

Harvey Martin, Former Youth Sailor of the Year and member of Ogston Sailing Club, teamed up with Bobby Hewitt to win the National title, European Championships, Crown Cup and World Championships in the RS Feva Class.

Caroline Povey, Sport Shooter, Member of Team GB from Matlock. Bronze Medal winner 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Abbie Wood, is an Individual Medley swimmer from Buxton. She made her international mark at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest and has also represented Team GB at the European Games in Baku in 2015 winning Gold. Abbie made her Team England debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia finishing 6th.

Molly Renshaw, English Breaststroke swimmer. In 2016, she won the 200 metres breaststroke at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting a new British record of 2:22:33 while qualifying for the 200m breaststroke final. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver, 2016 European championships – Gold in the 4×100 medley


Imogen Clark, Chesterfield based swimmer who secured Silver Medal at European Aquatics Champs 2018 50m Breaststroke. British record holder, Ranked 4th in the World and 9th fastest time ever.

Sarah Vasey, Former City of Derby Swimming Club member confirmed her place in the upper echelons of British Swimming after reaching three finals at her debut World Championships at Budapest 2017 and followed that up with a Commonwealth Golf Medal in 2018 in Brisbane.

Lewis White, Paralympic swimmer who holds numerous British Records at long distance and one short course European record.  His best performances include Silver at European Champs and Commonwealth Games and a Bronze medal in Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Liam Pitchford, Chesterfield based and 6 time National Champion British number 1, currently ranked No.16 in the World. Commonwealth medals currently stand at 8 from 3 games including Individual, Doubles and Team events. That includes Gold in 2018 in doubles.  Liam also has a World Cup Bronze and a World Champs Bronze from the team event. At the 2018 Bulgaria Open, Pitchford beat current Olympic and World champion Ma Long to move inside the Top 20 for the first time.

Annie Last, English professional cyclist, representing Great Britain and England, who specialises in mountain biking and cyclo-cross. She was chosen as a female competitor in the cross country mountain bike event for the Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, going on to take 8th place.

Last won the silver medal in the mountain bike cross-country event at the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, before taking the gold medal in the same event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Ellie Koyander, From Derbyshire Dales, Ellie was GB Mogul Champion by the age of 15.  In the 2010 Winter Olympics she was the youngest member of Team GB, aged 18. She was also the youngest female ever to have competed in an Olympic freestyle skiing event. Ellie is still ranked No.1 GB Moguls skier and a highlight is carrying the Olympic torch in 2012 through Ashbourne.

Jay Clarke, Derby Tennis Player, Jay has won 5 Challenger/Futures Tour titles and currently moved inside the World Top 200.  Highlights include travelling with the GB Davis Cup Team, main draw singles appearances at Wimbledon and Queens and along with Mixed doubles partner Harriet Dart reached the Semi Finals at Wimbledon. Former European Junior No.1 with a bright future.

Rosie Blount, Former British Track Sprinter and Bronze Medal in The European U23 Champs in the team sprint. Member of The Olympic Academy Programme since moved on to study Medicine.

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