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 solo and synchronised platform diving competitions, including the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, she has achieved great things. 

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

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.

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.

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.


Thomas-Maurer 2016


Thomas Maurer

Thomas, from Switzerland, swims with Plymouth Leander. In 2016 Thomas won gold at the Elite Swiss Championships for the 50m Butterfly and the bronze for the 100m Butterfly.  He was selected for the Swiss national squad at the 2016 European Championships and the 2015 European Games. Thomas was Junior Swiss Champion in the 100m Butterfly and won several other medals at the Junior Swiss Championships.

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.

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).

Alyssa-Oates 2016


Alyssa Oates

Alyssa Oates has represented Great Britian in the U19 and U23 Underwater Hockey teams. Alyssa was U19 Player of the Year and won the prestigious Devon Outstanding Performance in Community Sport award. She is now hoping to compete at the 2017 World Champinships in Australia.

Lillian-Goddard 2016


Lily Goddard

Lily is a 400 metre runner and qualified for the U20 women’s England Athletics Championships final in 2016; running a national standard time and being ranked No 1 in the UK. She qualified for the senior girls English Schools Championships final for 2 consecutive years. During her first year Lily first played rugby and her balance and speed, honed during her athletics training, meant excelled at the game. She now plays for Plymouth Albion and is a member of the England Rugby Development Sevens squad.