Doping Control Personnel
Protecting the Right to Participate in Clean Sport

Athlete Committee

The UKAD Athlete Committee provides advice on all matters of anti-doping.

Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports are all represented on the Committee 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 Committee is chaired by UKAD Board Member Sarah Winckless MBE. 7 committee members have been appointed for their experience of, and commitment to anti-doping, and their understanding of the national and international sporting environment.

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Sarah Winckless MBE

Sarah Winckless MBE
Chair

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.

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Emily Freeman

Emily Freeman
Athletics

Emily has firmly established herself as Team GB and NI’s number one women’s 200 metre sprinter. She has competed for her country at numerous events including the Olympic Games, World Championships, and European Team Championships.

Emily is currently fourth on the all time list for her event. In 2009 she retained her 200m UK National title, winning by the largest margin in the race’s history. Emily also topped the UK Power of 10 rankings for both 100m and 200m in 2009. Emily spends most of her time at the High Performance Centre in Loughborough where she undertakes the majority of her training. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband, her cat Summer, her two rabbits Rum and Lewis, and a large tank of fish who are too numerous to name.

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Henry Nwume

Henry Nwume
Bobsleigh

Henry is a doctor training to be a GP, but was originally a rugby union player. He gained three Blues at Oxford University before being offered a contract at London Wasps, where he was part of the squad that won both the Heineken Cup and the Premiership final in 2004. He returned to medicine and the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010.

He became involved with bobsleigh after he attended a Talent ID day. He went on to compete in the next three World Cup seasons and the World Championships for Great Britain, before being selected for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Henry has an interest in sports medicine and was awarded a travel fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2010, allowing him to study the use of sport in the rehabilitation of severely injured service men and women in America.

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Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley
Cycling

Emma took up cycling while a student at Cambridge University, as cross-training following a running injury. She completed her first road race in 2005 and represented Great Britain later that year at the World Championships. 

She won the silver medal in the time trial at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after which she signed a professional contract. Since then she has won several world cups, stage races, national titles, and was World Champion in the time trial in 2010

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Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE
Rowing

Andrew is a GB rower, a triple Olympic Gold medallist and quadruple World Champion. 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 World rowing titles. At Oxford University, he took part in the 2005 Boat Race.

Andrew won Olympic Gold in the coxless four at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 before retaining that title at London 2012. Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

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Emma Wiggs

Emma Wiggs
Paracanoe

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. Emma is a teacher but now trains full time and works as an Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sports Trust. She currently lives in Glasgow and commutes to training in Nottingham every week.

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Jon Wilkin

Jon Wilkin
Rugby Football League

Jon began his career in professional sport at the age of 16. He has played for St Helens in rugby league’s top flight since 2002, winning four Challenge Cups and one Grand Final winners’ medal.

His biggest career highlight to date was winning the treble, including being crowned World Club Champions in 2006. He has also represented England in three tri-nations competitions and one World Cup, when they reached the semi-finals. Away from the game he contributes to several online news sites and is a partner in a small sandwich bar. He loves nothing more than to unwind with friends and partner Megan.