Athlete Committee

The UKAD Athlete Committee provides advice on all matters of anti-doping.

Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports are all represented on the Committee which has the responsibility of working with other athlete-centred groups, for example the British Athletes Commission (BAC), to ensure the wider views of the athlete community are represented. It also engages with athletes to collect feedback on UKAD programmes.

The Committee is chaired by John Brewer, UKAD Board member and Chair of British Ski and Snowboard. Eleven committee members have been appointed for their experience of, and commitment to anti-doping, and their understanding of the national and international sporting environment.

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John Brewer

Professor John Brewer
Chair

John is a Professor of Sport at the University of Bedfordshire and Chair of British Ski and Snowboard. He began his career as Head of Sports Science for the Football Association and spent 18 years as joint Director of the Lilleshall Sports Injury and Human Performance Centre at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire, delivering sports science support to a range of National Governing Bodies. He then moved to GlaxoSmithKline as Director of Sports Science, Chaired the London Regional Sports Board.

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Jamie Baker (Credit: Lawn Tennis Association)

Jamie Baker
Tennis

After moving to Loughborough at the age of 13 to attend the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Centre of Excellence, Jamie won the under-18 British National Title. He achieved a junior world ranking of six and reached the quarter finals of Junior Wimbledon.

Jamie won 12 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures titles, competing at Wimbledon on five occasions, as well as qualifying for the Australian Open in 2008 and 2013. He represented GB in the Davis Cup, including in the world group match against Argentina in 2008. He is the former British number two with a career high world ranking of 186. Jamie retired from professional tennis in June 2013.

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Graham Edmunds

Graham Edmunds
Disability Swimming

Graham is a member of the Great British Disability Swimming Team and has enjoyed a number of successes at the highest level of sport. He has competed at European and World Championships and two Paralympic Games. He has numerous medals to his name, including gold at both the Athens and Beijing Paralympic Games and has broken a number of world records.

Graham first made the Great Britain Disability Swimming Team in 2004, having been involved in a life changing road traffic accident in 2000 after which he was told he may never walk again. He currently lives in Swansea and trains at the High Performance Centre there.

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Emily Freeman

Emily Freeman
Athletics

Emily has firmly established herself as Team GB and NI’s number one women’s 200 metre sprinter. She has competed for her country at numerous events including the Olympic Games, World Championships, and European Team Championships.

Emily is currently fourth on the all time list for her event. In 2009 she retained her 200m UK National title, winning by the largest margin in the race’s history. Emily also topped the UK Power of 10 rankings for both 100m and 200m in 2009. Emily spends most of her time at the High Performance Centre in Loughborough where she undertakes the majority of her training. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband, her cat Summer, her two rabbits Rum and Lewis, and a large tank of fish who are too numerous to name.

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Henry Nwume

Henry Nwume
Bobsleigh

Henry is a doctor training to be a GP, but was originally a rugby union player. He gained three Blues at Oxford University before being offered a contract at London Wasps, where he was part of the squad that won both the Heineken Cup and the Premiership final in 2004. He returned to medicine and the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010.

He became involved with bobsleigh after he attended a Talent ID day. He went on to compete in the next three World Cup seasons and the World Championships for Great Britain, before being selected for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Henry has an interest in sports medicine and was awarded a travel fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2010, allowing him to study the use of sport in the rehabilitation of severely injured service men and women in America.

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Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley
Cycling

Emma took up cycling while a student at Cambridge University, as cross-training following a running injury. She completed her first road race in 2005 and represented Great Britain later that year at the World Championships. 

She won the silver medal in the time trial at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after which she signed a professional contract. Since then she has won several world cups, stage races, national titles, and was World Champion in the time trial in 2010.

Emma lives in Switzerland where she is studying for a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich. She still enjoys running, cross country skiing, and any other sports she can use as an excuse to spend time outside in the mountains. Her spare time is mostly spent gardening, and cooking the results.

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Ian Smith

Ian Smith
Chief Operating Officer Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations

Ian was a solicitor in private practice for 12 years and an acknowledged expert in sports law before going in house in 2004. He is a specialist in sports governance and the relationship between athletes, their employers and their sports’ governing bodies. He has advised and represented athletes who have attended disciplinary and anti-doping panels, and adjudicated on cases involving anti-doping procedure and related disciplinary proceedings.

Ian designed and implemented the first education programme for all first-class professional cricketers in England and Wales, and was on the anti-doping panel for many International Cricket Council (ICC) events in the past decade. He is an advisor to a number of organisations on governance and anti-doping policy, including the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), the Professional Players Federation (PPF), the League Managers Association (LMA) and the European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes).

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Patrick Smith (Credit: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Patrick Smith
Hockey

Patrick is a GB and England hockey international. Having made progressions through England under 18s and England under 21s, Patrick was named in the England squad for the 2012 Champions Trophy. He made his full senior debut at the 2013 Hamburg Masters against Holland.

He aims to build upon Team GB's fourth place finish at London 2012 and go at least one better at Rio 2016. Patrick plays for Cannock Hockey Club in the English National Hockey League, who have eight league titles to their name and is looking to help re-establish them as a top team in European hockey.

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Andrew Triggs Hodge (Credit: Intersport-Images)

Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE
Rowing

Andrew is a GB rower, a double Olympic Gold medallist and treble World Champion. He won his first international vest in 2002, making the final of the Rowing World Championships in Seville. Since then he has gone on to win three World rowing titles. At Oxford University, he took part in the 2005 Boat Race.

Andrew won Olympic Gold in the coxless four at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 before retaining that title at London 2012. Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

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Emma Wiggs

Emma Wiggs
Paracanoe

Emma was part of the first ever GB Sitting Volleyball Women's team to participate in a Paralympics.  After competing at London 2012 she was keen to find a new challenge and pursue an elite performance sport.

In March 2013, Emma became a member of the GBCanoeing Paracanoe team and after intensive training became European and World Champion. Emma is a teacher but now trains full time and works as an Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sports Trust. She currently lives in Glasgow and commutes to training in Nottingham every week.

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Jon Wilkin

Jon Wilkin
Rugby Football League

Jon began his career in professional sport at the age of 16. He has played for St Helens in rugby league’s top flight since 2002, winning four Challenge Cups and one Grand Final winners’ medal.

His biggest career highlight to date was winning the treble, including being crowned World Club Champions in 2006. He has also represented England in three tri-nations competitions and one World Cup, when they reached the semi-finals. Away from the game he contributes to several online news sites and is a partner in a small sandwich bar. He loves nothing more than to unwind with friends and partner Megan.

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