4th October 2018


British Athletics works in partnership with TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), a funded partnership with Sport England, to continue to grow a sustainable dual career pathway for developing English athletes as they transition out of Youth into the next phase of their athletics by having the opportunity to be supported to maximise their potential whilst continuing their education.

Among the selected athletes are seven European U18 championships medallists from Gyor, four world junior medallists from Tampere, and a World Para Athletics European silver medallist.

Sam Bennett (Steve Surety, Basildon), Ethan Brown (Lloyd Cowan, Blackheath & Bromley), Karl Johnson (Tony Jarrett, Newham and Essex Beagles), Keeley Hodgkinson (Margaret and Joe Galvin, Leigh), Thomas Keen (Mark Vile, Cambridge & Coleridge), Dominic Ogbechie (Marius Guei, Highgate Harriers)and Emily Williams (Shane Smith, Kettering) all enjoyed their moment on the podium at the European U18 Championships in July.

Meanwhile, Georgina Adam (Denise Timmis, Lincoln Wellington), Charlie Dobson (Steve Garnham, Colchester), Jona Efoloko (Michael Afilaka, Sale Harriers Manchester) and Alex Knibbs (Nick Dakin, Amber Valley & Erewash) were among the medals at the U20 championship this summer.

Another who will receive support over the coming year will be Luke Nuttall (Alison Wyeth, Charnwood) who stepped up to capture his first senior medal in the T46 1500m in Berlin.

TASS supports those who are aged 16 years plus who are currently in education in England whilst competing at a Performance Foundations level by providing them with a tailored package of core support services which is worth in excess of £7,500 per athlete, including strength & conditioning, performance lifestyle, sports psychology, physiotherapy, sports medicine – medical insurance and a £500 funding grant.

British Athletics recognises that the transition from junior to senior international level may take several years, differs widely across athletes and is not necessarily linear. Therefore, the ensuing financial cost and time commitment can make progress a challenge. The British Athletics TASS programme will be positioned to support athletes who have shown the potential to progress onto the World Class Podium Potential programme in the coming years.

Athletes selected for TASS support during the 2018/2019 season are:

Georgina Adam (Denise Timmis, Lincoln Wellington)

Sam Bennett (Steve Surety, Basildon)

Alex Botterill (Andrew Henderson, City of York)

Jude Bright-Davies (David Johnson, Thames Valley)

Ethan Brown (Lloyd Cowan, Blackheath & Bromley)

Maya Bruney (John Blackie, Blackheath & Bromley)

Kaie Chambers-Brown (Sharon Morris, Birchfield)

Karim Chan (Aston Moore, Charnwood)

Seamus Derbyshire (Nick Dakin, City of Stoke)

Charlie Dobson (Steve Garnham, Colchester)

Jona Efoloko (Michael Afilaka, Sale Harriers Manchester)

Keely Hodgkinson (Margaret and Joe Galvin, Leigh)

Harry Hughes (Mark Roberson, West Suffolk)

Jessica Hunter (Scott Grace, Shaftesbury Barnet)

Karl Johnson (Tony Jarrett, Newham and Essex Beagles)

Thomas Keen (Mark Vile, Cambridge & Coleridge)

Molly Kingsbury (Benjamin Davies, Bracknell AC)

Alex Knibbs (Nick Dakin, Amber Valley & Erewash)

Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden, Warrington)

Jason Nicholson (Janice Kaufman, Gateshead)

Luke Nuttall (Alison Wyeth, Charnwood)

Jade O’Dowda (Toni Minichiello, Oxford City)

Dominic Ogbechie (Marius Guei, Highgate Harriers)

Josie Oliarnyk (Dominic McNeillis, Halesowen)

Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy)

Abazz Shayaam-Smith (Keith Fleming, Birchfield)

Shandell Taylor (Trevor Wells, Havering)

Abby Ward (Ian Hill, Wakefield)

Emily Williams (Shane Smith, Kettering)

Joshua Zeller (Ken Spencer, Bracknell AC)