Meet the Elite Sport Scholars

We are immensely proud of the achievements our students are chalking up on a regular basis. Add these to the list of incredible successes of our sports alumni, it’s little wonder that our sporting excellence is growing stronger by the day.

Elite Sport Scholar: Ben Proud


Ben Proud

Ben Proud has been making quite a name for himself in recent years. With a clutch of gold and silver medals under his belt, he was also voted Plymouth Herald’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2014. He has also secured two bronze medals at the European Aquatics Championships 2016 (for 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle).

Ben Proud

Elite Sport Scholar: Sarah Barrow


Sarah Barrow

Olympian Sarah Barrow has achieved a lot since her Commonwealth debut appearance in 2006. Having taken part in a number of synchronised and platform diving competition, she’s on track for great things in the coming years. 

Sarah Barrow

Elite Sport Scholar: Masai Zebechaka


Masai Zebechaka

Masai was a silver medallist at the Junior Olympics in 1990. In 2015 he won bronze at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships, took silver in the 50m Backstroke at the English Swimming Championships and won a gold medal at the British Masters Swimming Championships. In summer 2016 Masai won a gold medal in the 50m Butterfly at the European Aquatics Masters Championships.

Elite Sport Scholar: Shachar Head

Power lifting

Sachar Head

Sachar won a gold medal in the British Single Lift Championships Squat, gold and silver medals in the Best Female Lifter and British Single Lift, Championships Deadlift in 2015, and a gold medal at the World Powerlifting Championships in 2013. She also won gold at the 4 Nations Team Powerlifting Championships, was awarded the title of Best Female Lifter in 2013 and 2014 and was a winner at the British Universities Women’s Powerlifting Championships in 2016.

Elite Sport Scholar: Aaron Rickhuss


Aaron Rickhuss

Aaron took silvers in both the Commonwealth Juniors in 2011, and the 50m Freestyle at the British National Swimming Championships in 2015. He was a finalist in the 50m freestyle at the 2016 British Swimming Championships, competing aganist fellow Marjon student Ben Proud.

Elite Sport Scholar: Tom Allen


Tom Allen

Tom represented Great Britain in the World I'Nets (indoor netball) Championships in Brisbane in 2015 and has been selected for the England Men's team at the Open World I'Nets Championships in Wellington in 2016. He’s also found time to compete for both the Marjon hockey and volleyball teams. It’s all part of what’s helped him secure the coveted award of Sportsman of the Year, 2016. 

Elite Sport Scholar: Sophie Shire

Ultimate Frisbee

Sophie Shire

Sophie represented Great Britain at the Under 23 Ultimate Frisbee World Championships in 2015 and is due to trial again soon for the squad and has her sights set on a tour to Perth, Australia in January 2017. Sophie will also compete with her club team at the National Championships in August 2016.

Sophie was a coach for the Great Britain U20 women’s squad at the European Junior Ultimate Championships in Italy in 2014.