History and Notable Alumni
The University of Nottingham has a strong history of sporting success. We were one of the founding institutions of the inter-varsity competition, now known as BUCS, and have finished in the top ten of the University league tables for more than 30 years. The Athletics club is no exception to this, with athletes able to compete at both national- and international-level having passed through the ranks in previous years. Below are some notable bursars and alumni, both past and present.
Jannette "Jan" Roscoe is an Olympic sprinter, having competed in the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montréal Olympic Games. She represented Great Britain in the 400m and 4x400m races, and has also competed in two Commonwealth Games, gaining a Commonwealth hurdles record in 1974. Today, Jan runs a PE publishing company with her husband Den.
Graeme Fell is an Olympic steeplechase runner, having competed for Canada in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He also represented Great Britain in the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, gaining a silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase, and Canada in the 1986 Edinburgh and 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, winning gold and silver respectively. Today, Graeme is a teacher in Vancouver, and also coaches middle and long-distance running.
Abu Yilla is a Paralympic athlete, having competed for Great Britain in the 1980 Arnhem Paralympic Games and for the United States of America in the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games. He won a bronze medal in the Mens 4x100m in Seoul, and also competed in the men's 200m and 400m. In addition to this, he has also won 16 national championships in wheelchair basketball, and has coached national and international championships in wheelchair rugby. Today, Abu is a Professor in Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Andrew Graffin is an Olympic athlete, having competed for Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He represented Great Britain in the 1500m, and also took part in the IAAF World Championships in 2001. Today, Andrew is the Director of Product Development at The Great Run.
Helen Thieme, formerly Karagounis, is an Olympic athlete, having competed for Great Britain in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She finished fourth in the 4x400m relay, a position that is disputed as an American athlete who finished ahead of her was later found guilty of doping offences. She also competed in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games whilst still a part of the University. Today, Helen works at Ted Baker in Nottingham.
Isobel Pooley is a track and field athlete who specialises in the high jump. She represented Great Britain in the 2014 Glasgow Commonweath Games, receiving a silver medal, and held the UK outdoor high jump record. Isobel graduated from the University in 2014, and was unfortunately deprived of the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games due to injury. She is still active as an athlete.
Kike Oniwinde is a track and field athlete specialising in the javelin. She represented Great Britain in the 2011 European U20 Championships, and recieved a bronze at the 2011 England Championships. Kike graduated from the University in 2014, and went on to a full track-and-field scholarship at the University of Florida. Today, she is the CEO and Founder of BYP Network, as well as a sports motivator in schools and a business consultant.
Thomas Green is a disabled athlete specialising in the Club Throw F32. He represented Great Britain in the 2015 Doha IPC World Championships, as well as winning gold at the 2011 Dubai IWAS World Junior Championships. Thomas is still active as a competitive athlete.
Katie Snowden is a middle-distance athlete. She won gold at the 2015 England U23 Championships in the 800m, and continues to make her mark in the senior scene with a win in the highly prestigious 2017 Payton Jordan Invitational in California. Katie graduated from the Uni in 2015, and is currently active as a competitive athlete.
Sam Stevens is a cross-country and distance athlete, and is a current member of the club. He competed in the 2017 Kampala IAAF Word Cross Country Championships, as well as coming first in the 2016 Mansfield Saucony English National Relay Championships and 2016 Gateshead English Schools' Championships. Sam has had a very strong start to his University athletics career, representing the club in the 2017 Saucony English National Championships, and is clearly destined for greatness.