Meet the Elite Sport Scholars

We are immensely proud of the achievements our students are chalking up on a regular basis.

Thomas-Fannon 2016


Thomas Fannon

Tom's signature race is the 50m freestyle. In 2015 Tom competed at both the European Games and World Junior Championships in Singapore. In the final of the British Championships 2016 (the meet which doubled as the nation’s Olympic Trials) Tom achieved a new lifetime best and 17-year-old British Age Group Record at 22.24 seconds, earning the silver medal behind British National Champion, Ben Proud. Tom overtook Ben Proud’s record from when he was 17, a time which he set at 22.65 seconds. In April 2018 Tom competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and reached the final of the 50m freestyle. Tom was one of two Majon swimmers in that race, the other being the winner, Ben Proud.


Lily Goddard

Lily came to Marjon as a 400 metre hurdler, competing in England Athletic Championships and running national times. However, after a series of physical tests, she was told that rugby was something she could potentially excel in. During her first year at Marjon Lily took up rugby and her balance and speed, honed during her athletics training, meant she excelled at the game. 

Since picking up a rugby ball for the first time she has never looked back! She has since played for Bristol Ladies Rugby, Plymouth Albion Ladies RFC, the England 7's team and is now a member of the England U20's squad.

Jean-Luc-Zephir 2016


Jean Luc Zephir

Jean Luc, from France, swims with Plymouth Leander and has competed for Saint Lucia at the XXI Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC). He represented St Lucia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where he won his heat and achieved new personal bests in both the 50m and 100 Freestyle events.


Rhian Lewis

Rhian represents Wales at hockey at both the under 21 and senior levels, having won her first cap with the U18 squad. Currently training for the U21's European Championships, Rhian also plays for Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club and the University team.

Ivo-Staub 2016


Ivo Staub

Ivo was Swiss Champion for the 50m Backstroke in 2013 and 2015 and for the 100m Individual Medley in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 Ivo came 2nd in the 50m Backstroke at the Swiss Championships and 22nd at the European Short Course Swimming Championships 2016.

Elite Sport Scholar: Shachar Head

Power lifting

Shachar 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.

David-Wilkes action 2016


David Wilks

David Wilks, from Saltash, started karate when he was seven after he was bullied as a child and found that karate helped tremendously. David was selected for the World Karate Union (WKU) England squad in Feb 2016 and went on to win medals at the WKU/Kwon Grand Slam #2 (silver for Kata and bronze for Kumite) in March. He became British Champion (Kumite) at the WKU British Open in April and won the silver medal at the World Karate Championships in Florida in October 2016.



Shanice Lobb

Shanice, a diver from Plymouth, has represented Team GB and has won medals at the 2017 British National Diving Cup, the 2016 Junior European Championships and the 2016 Youth Olympic Festival.

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.

Underwater Hockey

Alyssa Oates

Alyssa represented Great Britain at Underwater Hockey in the U19 and U23 squads and at the 2017 World Championships in Australia. Alyssa was U19 Player of the Year and won a Devon Outstanding Performance in Community Sport Award in 2017.