Athlete Commission

The UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission provides advice on all matters of anti-doping.

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

The Commission is chaired by UKAD Board member Sarah Winckless MBE, and seven Commission 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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Sarah Winckless MBE

Sarah Winckless MBE is a former GB rower, who won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games and was world champion in both 2005 and 2006. Following her retirement from rowing in 2009, Sarah has chaired the British Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Commission from 2010 to 2014, and was Team GB Chef de Mission at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, and is currently performing that role for Team England for the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 and Commonwealth Games in 2018. In 2015 Sarah was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Sport and Young People.

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Laura Deas

Laura Deas is an Olympic medal-winning skeleton athlete who was a member of Team GB’s record-breaking squad competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She started skeleton back in 2009 through the UK Sport talent programme, Girls4Gold, and has since forged a successful career in the sport.

Laura featured across UKAD and Team GB’s communication channels during Clean Sport Week 2018, 2019 and 2020, speaking on clean sport and anti-doping education.

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Andrew Heyes

Andrew is a current doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham in sport and exercise psychology, undertaking a funded PhD titled ‘Psychosocial Factors Facilitating Doping in Sport, Exercise and Education’.

Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2015, he completed an MSc at Manchester Metropolitan University in Psychology, as well as an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University and an MA in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Away from his academic prowess, Andrew has competed in cross country at international level in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In 2012, he was part of the bronze medal-winning under-23 Great Britain team competing at the European Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

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Ali Jawad

Ali is a British Paralympic powerlifter who has competed at three Paralympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

In 2014, he won a gold medal at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships and continued his form in 2015 with a gold in the IPC Powerlifting European Championships.

Following these results he competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and won a silver medal – lifting a best of 190kg in the -59kg category. Ali took up the sport of weightlifting aged 16 when a friend encouraged him to accompany him to the gym.

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Hayley Carruthers

Hayley Carruthers’ story is one of determination, hard work and resilience. Having previously worked in the NHS as a radiographer for five years, Hayley began her sporting journey just four years ago when she started running. Within a matter of a year, she was selected to run long-distance for England and Great Britain competitively. She more than halved her personal best at that time, at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, crawling over the finish line with 2:33:59 on the clock - a moment she won’t forget. Hayley now works at the University of Wolverhampton and is involved in several upcoming sports science projects looking at physiological and psychological performance in elite athletes.

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Sophie Baggaley

Sophie is a Bristol City WFC goalkeeper and she is the youngest member to be appointed to UKAD’s Athlete Commission, at just 23 years old. Sophie began her senior career in women’s football in 2014, playing for Birmingham City before moving to Bristol City. She was called-up to represent England under-23s, where she played until progressing to the senior squad in 2016 at the age of 19. At the end of the 2018–19 season she won the FA WFA Players' Player of the Year award and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

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Jo Calvino

Jo Calvino is a 21 times British National Weightlifting Champion, competing at World Championship and Commonwealth Games level, and has held numerous national records. As well as being an elite level athlete, Jo is also a coach, educator and ambassador for sport for young people and for women. 

Jo is an outspoken advocate for women’s sport in general, and women’s weightlifting in particular – speaking at conferences and engaging in debate with governing bodies and funding agencies for a number of years for recognition, investment and support for athletes, competing in minority sports or where gender equality is lacking.

In 2014, Jo joined the board of trustees for Active Communities Network, a young people’s charity using sport for the development of at-risk young people and disadvantaged communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally.

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Bernice Wilson

Bernice Wilson is a GB sprinter who, since serving bans for two separate Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), has become an advocate for anti-doping.

During the time of Bernice’s second violation, she was unaware of taking any banned substances and discovered that her then coach Dr Skafidas had been administering the substances without her knowledge.