The UKAD 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 (BAC), 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. 11 commission members have been appointed for their experience of, and commitment to anti-doping, and their understanding of the national and international sporting environment.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Triggs Hodge OBE
Andrew is a GB rower, a triple Olympic Gold medallist and eight time World medallist. 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 Olympic titles. While at the University of Oxford, he took part in the 2005 Boat Race and beat Cambridge University by two lengths.
Andrew won Olympic Gold in the coxless four at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 before retaining that title at London 2012. In Rio 2016 he won gold in the men's eight.
Emma Wiggs MBE
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. At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Emma won gold in the canoe sprint women’s KL2 event.
Callum is an Olympic-level cyclist whose most notable achievements came at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where he won a gold in the Team Sprint event and a silver in the Sprint event, he also set two Olympic records at the Games.
He was inspired by the performances of former Great Britain Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy in 2004. Just four years later, Callum broke the National 200-metre record for his age category and was presented with the inaugural Chris Hoy Trophy by Sir Chris.
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 speaking on clean sport and anti-doping education.
Liam Tancock is a former GB swimmer who has competed at the highest level of sport for over ten years. His experience spans two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games, five FINA World Championships and multiple European Championships.
Exeter-born Liam is a former World Record holder in the 50m Backstroke and has won the most individual World Championship medals out of any British Swimmer in History of the sport.
Jo Calvino is a weightlifter with over 25 years of experience and has competed at all major championships representing GB and England, winning the British Senior Weightlifting Championships 21 times during her career.
Jo has been a strong advocate of the UKAD 100% Me campaign to the next generation, both within her weightlifting club and on a national level. She is currently coaching at national and junior international levels as well as working for Weightlifting Wales in the role of Education Manager.
James Hudson is a former professional rugby player who competed in the English premiership before his playing career was ended in 2016 due to a knee injury. James is currently an SENr registered performance nutritionist in elite sport and working towards his doctoral thesis at Liverpool John Moore’s University with Gloucester Rugby Club.
James is passionate about educating and supporting athletes by communicating the science of nutrition, physiology and exercise clearly and effectively.
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.