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High Performance Academy scholars and students

Lily XulijiaLijia Xu (Lily) (Scholar)
Laser sailing
MA Sports Broadcast Journalism

I have been to three Olympic Games since 2008, and won a gold and bronze medal. I have also won three World Championships in Optimist and Laser Radial classes. I was the World Sailor of the Year 2012 and the flag bearer at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony.


Kelly SimmKelly Simm
Gymnastics
BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science

I’m a Great Britain artistic gymnast and third year applied sports science student. I’ve won the Commonwealth Games team gold and World championship team bronze medals. I’ve also been World University Games all-round champion, and bronze and silver medallist. 


Nathan BlackieNathan Blackie
Athletics
BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science

I compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in the T34 classification for athletes with cerebral palsy. I competed for Great Britain at the IWAS World Junior Games in 2014, finishing fifth in the 100m and 400m and fourth in the 200m. I also competed for Scotland in the 2015 CPISRA World Games, winning five gold medals. My aims are to retain my five titles at the CPISRA World Games in Barcelona this year, and to be selected for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


Jade FaulknerJade Faulkner
Rhythmic gymnastics
MSc Athletic Development and Peak Performance

My greatest achievements have been representing Great Britain at the Junior European Championships, Senior European Championships, World Championships and the Olympic Games. My aspirations are to continue enjoying training, with my priority being my general wellbeing.


Will ArnottWilliam Arnott
Boccia
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching

I have played boccia for seven years now. Over the last year I was selected for the England squad and have been given the opportunity to go to three international tournaments. I recently won a gold in the pairs and individuals in Russia. My biggest achievement so far is winning the individual competition at the Scottish Open, which involved playing some of the best players in Britain.


Oliver BrombyOliver Bromby (Scholar)
Athletics
BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development

I’m a 100m and 200m sprinter who’s competed for Great Britain at youth and junior level. I came fourth at the World Youth Championships in 2015, ninth at the World Junior Championships in 2016 and third at the European Junior Championships in 2017. My personal bests are 10.31 for the 100m and 21.32 for the 200m.


Victoria CarletonVicky Carleton
Football
BA (Hons) Sports Studies

My greatest achievements are scoring my first international goal and making my senior debut for Northern Ireland women’s international team. My dream is to play in the WSL. My greatest fear is not being able to play football anymore. I admire Ronaldo as his determination to be the best is something I strive for.


James ClowesJames Clowes
Boccia
MA Visual Communications

I have been playing boccia for nine years. I have undertaken two Great Britain talent programmes and I’ve been an England squad member for eight years, and on their talent pathway. I’m now studying an MA Visual Communication at Solent, having graduated with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design 2:1 in July. 


Jessica DaviesJessica Davies
Swimming
BA (Hons) Popular Music Production

I started swimming at the age of eight and since then I have gone on to represent Hampshire and the South East region, alongside competing at County, Regional and National Level. My proudest achievement is being able to say I hold a senior British record for 50m backstroke - I hope to set more in the future. 


Matt DavisMatt Davis (Scholar)
Basketball
BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

I started playing basketball aged seven. When I was 16 I joined Reading Rockets, playing in their U18s and men's Division 1 teams. I then moved to Spain to play for UCAM Murcia's Liga EBA team - while there I got the offer to play and study at Solent University.


Chiara di StefanoChiara di Stefano (Scholar)
Basketball
BA (Hons) Photography

I’m from Italy, near Milan. I came to England two years ago at the age of 16.  I started playing basketball eight years ago and now, after two seasons in Reading, I play in the Division 1 National League for Team Solent Kestrels.


Jasmine DorksJasmine Dorks
Rowing
HND Business and Management

I first started rowing after being inspired to give it a go when watching it in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since then I’ve competed in many regional and national events, including Henley, BUCS, and Ghent International Regatta.


Arthur GodsalArthur Godsal
Cricket
BA (Hons) Sports Studies

My greatest achievements are being part of the England Development Programme (EDP/ England u17s), playing for the Young Lions (England u19s) this year, and receiving a professional summer contract at Middlesex CCC last summer. My dream is to be one of the best one day bowlers in the world, and I would love to represent England in all formats of the game.


Jack HillierJack Hillier
Boxing
BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education

I am a third year student studying sport and physical education. I compete in boxing and have recently turned professional after a successful amateur career where I have represented the national team since I was a junior, winning a number of titles. 


Chloe LammasChloe Lammas (Scholar)
Basketball
BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development

I came through the Solent Suns program as a junior (Solent Kestrels). I attended Itchen College in Southampton, and while there I went to Denmark with the AASE England. I’m currently playing in Division 1 for Team Solent Kestrels. My objective is to hold down a starting 5 position in the Kestrels Division 1 squad, and I aim to get into WBBL squad in the UK.


Owen LawrenceOwen Lawrence
Athletics
BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science

I am a 400m hurdler from Southampton. I won a silver medal at the South of England Championships and made two national finals in the season that has just ended. This was my first year doing the 400m hurdles. I am currently studying applied sport science.


Mahamed MahamedMahamed Mahamed (Scholar)
Athletics
Foundation Year in Sport

I have competed in three European u20 Cross Country Championships. I was number one in the Nationals Cross Country Championships in 2016, and I have previously won the UK u17 Inter Country Championships Cross Country. I enjoy road and track racing, competing at 5km, 10km and 10 miles distances on the road, and 800m up to 5km on the track.


Ken McLeodKen McLeod (Scholar)
Table tennis coach and player
Master of Business Administration

I am an experienced player and coach who has delivered coach education for ITTF, Olympic Solidarity and Table Tennis England. I’ve coached in different countries and I am currently technical director at Waterside TTC, as well as holding posts of Hampshire county coach and South of England regional coaching coordinator.


Rebecca MoodyRebecca Moody
Football
BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science

I’m in my third year studying BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science. I play centre back for Portsmouth FC Ladies and Team Solent BUCS football teams. Previously, I played for Oxford United Women since the age of 10. 


Oscar O'HaraOscar O'Hara
Fencing
BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science

My sport is fencing and my specific discipline is foil. I’ve been fencing for over 15 years, and I have competed as part of the England team and then the Great British team for the past four years. I’ve also competed in World Cup international competitions. 


Ade OlumuyiwaAdeoye Olumuyiwa
Football
BA (Hons) Sports Studies

I am studying Sports Studies at Solent. I currently play at centre back for Team Solent in the Wessex Premier League - this is my third season with the club. Before I came to Solent I was on trial at Aston Villa. This year I’m very lucky to have been chosen to be on the HPA programme to improve myself as an athlete and also as a student.


Regina O'KoyeRegina Okoye (Scholar)
Basketball
Master in Business Administration

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the USA. I attended Weber State University for four years and I’m now at Solent University studying for my master’s degree. I currently play for the Team Solent Kestrels. I’ve been playing basketball competitively since I was 12, but started playing as soon as I could walk. 


Stephanie OrtonStephanie Orton
Sailing
BA (Hons) Events Management

I am part of the British sailing team as a 49er FX crew. I have been Women’s National Champion on three occasions, second female youth at the 29er World championships, and two-times national champion in the 49er FX. I have also been fifth female at the 49er FX U24 world championships, fourth at the Hyeres World cup in the Nacra 17, and 13th European at the 2017 European Championships. 


Santiago SampaioSantiago Sampaio
Laser sailing
BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design

Being from Portugal, I have always been in contact with the ocean, which inspired my love for sailing. I am determined and ambitious to achieve my goals. I’m part of the Portuguese pre-Olympic team in the Laser Standard, with the aim of reaching the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I am currently in my last year of studying yacht and powercraft design.


Herman Senor IIHerman Senor II (Scholar)
Basketball
Masters in Business Administration

I play basketball for the University, as well as for the Kestrels in Division 1. My greatest achievement is being featured in Sports Illustrated ‘Faces in the Crowd’. My dreams include being successful and having a healthy family. My greatest fear is not giving my all in anything I do. 


Joe TagarelliJoe Tagarelli (Scholar)
Basketball
Masters in Business Administration

One of my greatest achievements includes going to the NCAA tournament last year and winning the conference. I was also selected for the NABC Allstar game last year, playing in the first team throughout the conference for the four years I was in college. Winning male athlete of the year at my last school was also a huge accomplishment. 


Curtis ThornCurtis Thorn
Football
BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science

I have achieved many sporting accomplishments during my career, most notably receiving Team Solent’s and New Orleans’ best player award in the season 2016/17. In the future, I’m aiming to cement my place in my new and upcoming school, University of Portland, and receive further recognition from MLS teams. 


Jemal WisemanJemal Wiseman
Football
BSc (Hons) Computing

I previously played in the youth systems for professional football clubs including Arsenal and Coventry City. I also recently represented the New Orleans Jesters, in America – I was part of their most successful season ever. My aim is to be paid to kick a ball around in a hot country, as my biggest hate is cold weather! 


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