Board, Athletes and Coaches

GB Elite Programme

Amanda Lightfoot

Amanda Lightfoot

Background:

I was first introduced into biathlon back in 2007 with the Army Adjutant General’s Corps Team. I won all novice prizes in my first year and got selected to join the GB national team in Ruhpolding in 2008. In 2009 I qualified for the World Cup stage after participating in just three IBU Cups prior and qualified for my first World Championships that year also. I have competed at two Olympic games for Team GB, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018. I am now on the dedicated and motivated road to Beijing 2022 which will be my final Olympic Games.

Biathlon Experience:

I have been racing for 12 years on the Biathlon circuits creating some of the best results for Great Britain. I have a lot of experience training with some of the best teams in the world and this has helped me to stay dedicated and be a professional athlete.

Hobbies and Interests:

My hobbies and interests include singing, reading, yoga, ski touring and watching movies.

Vincent Fountain

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Background:

Started biathlon in 2011 and after having a very successful season, I was selected for summer training with the NDS. I Competed in my first IBU races in the season of 2015/2016 and gaining a world champs qualifier in the season of 2016/2017. I continued with biathlon because not only is it a new challenge but it can be different every day and can definitely be full of surprises. Good and bad.

Hobbies and Interests:

Apart from dedicating all my effort and time into biathlon training and racing, I like to play and watch football, listen to music, meet with friends and family, chill and relax, swim and also go to the gym.

GB Performance Programme

Marcus Webb

Marcus Webb

Oscar Wiseman

Oscar Wiseman

Shawna Pendry

Shawna Pendry

Background:

I started xc skiing when I was 8 years old with my local ski club in France, at 11years old I started 10 m biathlon when I joined my school ski team and at 15 years old I started 50m biathlon. In 2017 I participated for the first time in the British biathlon championships and became Junior Champion. I raced my first international season as a Junior for Great Britain in 2018/2019 with my best result being 50th in the Open European Championships shooting clean and qualifying for the pursuit race.

Hobbies and Interests:

Skiing, cooking, reading and outdoor activities with friends and family.

Alfie Sprake

Alfie Sprake

Anna Berger

Anna Berger

Ciara Mitchell

Ciara Mitchell

What are your ambitions in the sport?

My ambitions in biathlon are too make it onto the IBU circuit and to race internationally. I hope to in time be able to halve the time it takes me on the range and to drastically improve my skiing ability.

Why do you love Biathlon?

I love biathlon because it’s one of the hardest but most rewarding sports in the world. There’s no beginners luck just hard work and determination.

How you feel on the snow?

I feel that the summer training I’ve had has put me in good stead for getting back on the snow and I felt a lot more confident in my ability to ski. The racing experience shows all of your weaknesses in skiing but noticing these allows you to better them on training days

Titus Clark

Titus Clark

Background:

Titus is a member of Wessex Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club. He has been on Alpine skis for as long as he could walk but is a relative newcomer to Nordic which he has been doing since 2017. In his first year skiing he held the U16 Scottish Rollerski champion title. This season he is taking part in a number of races and training camps as both a Nordic skier and a biathlete. In the most recent IBU Junior Cup placing just shy of top 100. He uses Swix and Madshus Poles, Madshus Boots and Atomic Skis and a 1827F Anschütz Rifle.

Holly Rees-Lay

Holly Rees-Lay

What are your ambitions in the sport?

My ambition is to be the first British Woman to compete at both the summer and winter world university games (I competed at the 2015 summer university games in rifle shooting).

Why do you love Biathlon?

I love the opposing nature of the 2 sports, and that if you’re having a bad shooting day you can channel the frustration into trying to ski faster! I also love getting to train and race in a lot of beautiful locations.

How you feel on the snow?

Normally relaxed and so happy and grateful to be outside on snow in beautiful places, unless it’s super icy, at which point I just feel a fair amount of terror…

GB Development Programme

Alfie Downey

Alfie Downey

Sporting Background:

Sport has always been a huge part of my life and it began with cycling when I was just 11 years old with beginner mountain bike trails. I kept at this and made me onto the Wight Cycle Hire race team in 2016. Since then, I have competed in many events and am now on the committee for my university cycling club. I have also been sailing from a very young age and have competed in various regattas on the Isle of Wight. This led me into other water sports, mainly rowing. I rowed for three years with my local club. This saw me race in regatta’s and compete in head races up until my A-Levels. My Biathlon journey began with the development programme trials. Previous to this, I had been skiing in both France and Andorra. I have now attended multiple Biathlon summer camps as well as become a member of Exeter University Rifle Club to help with my shooting.

What have you enjoyed most since joining Biathlon?

What I have enjoyed most since starting Biathlon is the challenge of learning a new set of skills with a group who are as passionate about sport as I am. Being a part of the development programme has allowed me to focus more on my journey as an athlete, where I have a specific aim (currently the British Champs) and goal that I am working hard to reach.

Favourite hobby:

Outside of training, I really enjoy watching Formula 1 and following the new developments of the sport.

Ayla Tonkin

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Sporting Background:

I have done sport since practically the day I was born, from trampolining to platforming diving to athletics. I have been committed to athletics since 8, starting with track sessions just once a week and maybe a parkrun, to now running many times a week, with interval, fartlek, long run, tempo and hill sessions. I am a cross country runner, steeplechaser and triathlete. I love cycling, running and open water swimming, but pool swimming is not so fun 😉

What have you enjoyed most since joining Biathlon?

Like triathlon, I love the brutality of biathlon and the endurance that’s required, but the new aspect of biathlon I love is the real technique there is to it. Learning to shoot has been very different but really fun and a completely new challenge. I love the camps and community around biathlon, training with new people and learning to roller ski together too!

Favourite hobby:

Other than sport, I like to bake. Pretty much anything sweet from healthy recipes of my own to proper indulgent stuff.

Cara Loates

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Background:

My first sport was Taekwondo which I started at the age of 6 when I saw several boys participating and thought I could beat them and when I was 11, I earned my blackbelt. When I moved to high school, I participated in lots of new sports like netball and football as well as triathlon and rowing. I got the rowing bug which eventually led to competing nationally and the pinnacle of this was medalling at the British Junior Rowing Championships in 2019. As lightweight rowing was cut from the Olympics, I began to look for other sports and found the British Biathlon Talent Programme, in which my first camp started in August.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

I love new challenges so the completely alien task of learning to roller ski and shoot rifles is extremely exiting to me. It is also great to know such as diverse group of elite sports people that all have the same passion and drive for sport as I do.

Hobbies and Interests:

In my spare time I love to bake as it helps me unwind from sport and college, plus I get a tasty treat in the end.

Elena Roncarati

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Sporting Background:

I love sports, and get involved with any and every sport possible, however, I am predominantly a middle-distance runner – so I compete in the 1500m and 3000m, but my favourite is the cross-country, and I have competed for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers for 8 years. I am a decent shot, having done rifle shooting at scouts for years, and I am a good downhill skier, having competed in a few giant slalom races too, but I had never used cross-country skis before, or anything of the sort.

What have you enjoyed most since joining Biathlon?

My favourite part of biathlon is the ability to push my boundaries in mental, physical and technical ways whilst learning new skills.

Favourite hobby:

All things sport.

Ethan Clarke

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Background:

I am a keen footballer, runner, cyclist and downhill skier whilst also enjoying going to the gym. I have been involved with Biathlon training since June where I go for 2 hours on Wednesday’s at the Brownlee Centre in Leeds where I am a member of the Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

Since joining the Biathlon training, I have particularly enjoyed learning and improving my technique on the skies which in turn allows me to go faster.

Hobbies and Interests:

My favourite hobby is watching and playing football. I am an avid Manchester United fan, and I myself usually play in Midfield for Brighouse Juniors

Lewis Buchallet

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Background:

My sporting background involves being a keen Triathlete and track/cross-country runner whilst also playing for the local hockey team. With this, I found the Biathlon programme and have been involved for just a few months

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

I have really enjoyed the camps so far and also learning to roller ski has been really fun and a good challenge for me

Hobbies and Interests:

Outside of Biathlon and my other sports I play, I love to play basketball and learn new music on my Cello.

Lewis Clark

Lewis Clark

Background:

 I have been doing badminton since I was ten at a club level and have always partaken in various other sports at a more casual level which includes: football, running where I medalled when representing my air cadet squadron in the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire wing athletic competition, cycling, swimming, and golf. I came across the talent campaign and thought to give it a go because I have been fascinated with biathlon since I started watching.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

The challenge of learning a new skill which in this case is roller skiing and shooting motivates me. I also enjoy that I have to push my limits, physical or psychological, to get the best performance out of myself and this is only possible by the brilliant coaches and the team spirit that is always present.

Hobbies and Interests:

I competed at the England annual regional chess tournament in Year 6 and was the chess captain of my sixth form. I have always played doubles in badminton but have started to move to singles. I also have a strong passion for aircraft because I have the aspiration to be a multi-engine pilot for the RAF one day. I am also a season ticket holder for Luton Town and, I also have now taken up roller skiing which I enjoy very much.

Matthew Cooil

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Background:

I have come from the sport of cycling, where I rode at the highest level nationally within the age category for 7 seasons. I have been involved with the Biathlon programme since the beginning of the Talent ID. This means I am a novice to the sport which brings both benefits and disadvantages but leads to it being massively exciting.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

What I enjoy most about Biathlon is the challenge it brings. Learning a new skill is incredibly taxing both physically and mentally and so I’m relishing the opportunity to throw myself in the deep end and see how far this sport takes me.

Hobbies and Interests:

Outside the sporting environment, although linked fairly closely, I’m a keen sports journalist, writing for the national newspaper here on the Isle of Man.

Matthew Chronicle

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Background:

I have always been a runner, mostly cross-country and on the road. I race from 5000m up to the half marathon for Milton Keynes Distance Project and Bath University. I became involved in Biathlon through the talent ID campaign and have been enjoying it ever since.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

The most enjoyable part of Biathlon for me personally, is the fast downhills we often do in training.

Hobbies and Interests:

Outside of Biathlon and running, I would have to say films.

Jack Davis-Black

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Background:

I am a long/middle distance athlete and have been running for 6 years. I have done various other sports such as downhill skiing since a very young age and also cycling as it helps with running. I started being involved in biathlon when I first heard about the new development program.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

Since becoming a biathlete I have enjoyed the training aspect the most as it is different from what I normally do but still (at the moment) fits in with my running. I have also met lots of new people on this journey who have been very friendly.

Hobbies and Interests:

My hobbies include running, cycling and cooking.

Sarah Grove

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Background:

My sporting background is mainly rowing at university, but I also enjoy running, cycling and swimming. I joined biathlon through the talent recruitment campaign over the summer, and I haven’t done any kind of skiing before this. I’m currently fitting my training around my new job as a fitness instructor as I’ve just graduated.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

What I’ve really enjoyed about starting biathlon is learning a completely new skill and having a new set of goals to work towards now I don’t have uni rowing training to keep me occupied.

Hobbies and Interests:

My favourite hobby outside of sport is playing the guitar and the piano.

Ollie Hill

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Background:

I’ve been participating in sport for as long as I can remember. I’ve played rugby and ran in athletics since I was very young and recently have started Biathlon through the development campaign. My sporting achievements so far are getting into the development team, playing in a national rugby sevens academy, coming 13th in the national school’s cross-country championship and competing in the national pentathlon championships. I also used to play county cricket and academy football.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

Since starting biathlon, I have most enjoyed how easy it was to talk to people on camp and how I made some great friends whilst also learning a new skill.

Hobbies and Interests:

In my spare time I like to play golf and go to the gym with my mates.

Sam Wright

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Background:

My sport has always been mixed between running, cycling and cardio based sports as a whole. I can do a 5-minute mile whilst also having an FTP of 280 Watts at 4.8W/kg. I recently have started Biathlon when the talent programme began earlier this year.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

For the most part, I have enjoyed watching videos online, but since joining I have enjoyed how friendly everyone is, coaches and athletes resulting in a non-toxic competitive environment.

Hobbies and Interests:

My favourite hobbies include participating in all sports and playing the piano in my free-time.

Sara Johnston

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Background:

I grew up on the North West coast of Scotland, so I was brought up hillwalking, mountain biking and kayaking. I played regional basketball between the ages of 11 and 14, representing Scotland in 2012. I started rowing at Inverness Rowing Club in 2015 and won various Scottish Champs and British champs medals. My rowing highlight was representing Scotland and winning at the Home International Regatta in 2018 in the junior women’s Coxless four. I went to University with the intention of rowing for my 4 years however, in first year I suffered a back injury which cut my “rowing career” short. Since then, I tried a bit of track cycling but settled with road cycling once Covid hit.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

So far, I have really enjoyed trying out a sport which is completely different to anything I’ve done before. Trying the roller skis for the first time in Stourport at one of the testing days was pretty scary, and I still find them terrifying at times. However, it’s the improvement, however slight, I experience every time I put the roller skis on which keeps me motivated to see where I can go with this new sport. One of my highlights so far with the sport was reaching out and meeting up with Para biathlon/Nordic skier Scott Meenagh. He’s helped me a lot with a training program and general guidance. I’m really looking forward to the Wales camp and meeting everyone else on the team.

Hobbies and Interests:

This is a tricky one! I’ve always considered whatever sport I was doing at the time to be my favourite hobby, even if it did take up most of my time. However, I’d say hillwalking with my dogs (and family/friends) back home is currently my favourite hobby. 

Will D'Arcy

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Background:

I am originally a cross country skier and now biathlete having joined since the trials.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

What I have enjoyed most was the camp in Hetton as a whole but more specifically the team spirit around it.

Hobbies and Interests:

My favourite hobby is all things sport; cross-country, cricket and badminton

Zara Stewart

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Background:

My sporting background is in rowing, having competed since I was 11 winning 2 national medals at the national school’s regatta. Since going to University, I have won 2 BUCS medals and a British indoor U23 medal. I started Biathlon a few months ago after being selected for the campaign.

What have you enjoyed most since becoming a Biathlete?

I have really enjoyed the training for Biathlon – learning to roller ski and seeing how quickly progress can be made has been really exciting. I have also loved learning to shoot having only shot for the first time recently after joining Camberley and Bagshot Rifle Club.

Hobbies and Interests:

My favourite hobby outside Biathlon and Rowing is downhill skiing having skied since I was 4. With this, I am studying a Sports Science Degree at Hartpury University.

BBU Support Staff

Ilario Maddalin

Ilario Maddlin

Background:

XC skier and a Biathlete. Competed at both national and international level from the age of 5 until 18 years of age. Competed In both MTB and Road Bike racing from the age of 16 until 25.

Wax technician at international level working for the Polish World cup team and Great Britain World cup team. International coach since 2017. Olympic Head Coach at Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games for Great Britain.

Co-operated with the Swedish team from 2016/18 and for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Shooting coach for the Japanese World Cup Team season 2018/19. Head Coach GBR Team 2019 to present.

Hobbies and Interests:

Biking, Running, Skiing, Cooking and Traveling

Marc Walker

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Scott Dixon

Background:

Scott Dixon is a former biathlete who competed internationally for Great Britian for over 6 years. Retiring from professional competition at the early age of 23, he got into video marketing and now spend most of his time running a media business. Despite the time this occupies, the gravity of biathlon keeps pulling him back to coach the up and coming stars. He is delighted to be the Development Coach for the British Biatlon Union training the next generation of CHAMPIONS!

Iris Pessey

Iris Pessey

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Background:

My sporting background developed when I was lucky enough to be living in South Africa at a young age. Being outside every single day, playing cricket, football, rugby and swimming, basically anything I could do, I would. On returning to the UK, I focused on more of the common sports through school. I was a keen cricket and rugby player and also gave my hand to cross country running. Playing all the time allowed me to develop my skills, and therefore I was able to play national cricket and rugby. As I got older, my interest switched to the science of sport, and how these elite athletes were able to perform at their level. This led me to studying Sports and Exercise Science (BSc) at Newcastle University where I have just finished my second year of studies. I am now on a placement scheme with the BBU where I will be taking over the operational aspect of some events whilst trying to implement my Sports science knowledge so our athletes can move forward in a very important space.

What have I enjoyed most since joining Biathlon?

I have particularly enjoyed the friendliness and team spirit I saw on the Wales camp. It felt like a nice place to be and hopefully those athletes can carry that on. Furthermore, I have enjoyed watching how the athletes progressed within the five days I was in Wales through technique and data analysis.

Favourite hobby:

I would have to say working out to keep my fitness levels up and on the other hand, I love coffee – trying all the new flavours and different machines interests me.

BBU Board Members

Major General (Retd) Rob Weighill CBE MA

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Background:

After a full year career in the Army, Rob retired in 2016, initially adopting a portfolio of consultancy roles spanning defence and security, resilience, strategic risk and education. In late 2018 he started full time employment with Transport for London, leading the modernisation portfolio of programmes for London Underground, responsible for designing and delivering a reliable, safe, customer orientated and financially sustainable network. In November 2019 he assumed the role of New Trains Programme integration and control lead for Greater Anglia Rail, which is transforming its current service by replacing the entire stock with new trains. He recently changed roles and now leads the Programme Management Office.

Rob’s military career started in the Cold War, serving with artillery regiments in Germany and the UK, included a tour of Northern Ireland and a spell at Sandhurst as an instructor. In the 90s he was employed in a variety of operational, command and staff duty appointments. This included another tour in Northern Ireland and in 1999 deployment to the Balkans with the ARRC as Chief G3, directing NATO’s multi-brigade operations in Macedonia and subsequently in Kosovo. Rob completed a year with the Multinational Security Transition Command in Baghdad in 2007, transforming the Ministry of Interior during the height of the Iraq insurgency. His final tour in the military was with NATO, serving in Joint Force Command Naples both as the Joint Plans Branch Head and Deputy Chief of Staff Plans. In 2011 he led the joint operational level planning for NATO’s intervention into Libya to protect the civilian population and subsequently directed Combined Joint Task Force operations until its conclusion later that year.

Rob has written a book on NATO’s intervention in Libya titled “The Cauldron – NATO’s Campaign in Libya”, released in September 2018 by Hurst Publishers in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US.

Richard Adams

Rich Adams

Background:

After a brief sports career as a pro-triathlete I transitioned into consultancy roles buying and selling companies. Today I run my own M&A advisory firm and represent several family offices with investments across the UK and Europe.

A life-long fan of biathlon I’m delighted to be appointed as vice chair to British Biathlon and cannot wait to help drive BBU towards a new future with the board. Having experienced first hand the development of British Triathlon as an athlete during the 90’s there are many lessons that can be transferred to the BBU, for example the membership programme we developed.

My goal is to work with the board and get biathlon to be a sport that doesn’t require explanation to your friends.

Anna Brighton-Watt

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Background:

Anna Brighton-Watt served in the Army with the Adjutant General’s Staff Personnel and Support Branch for 7 years and since leaving the Service has been working at Gresham’s School, a leading independent boarding school in North Norfolk with alumni including the composer Benjamin Britten, the poet W.H. Auden, the founder of the Dyson Company, Sir James Dyson and more recently, international rugby players Tom and Ben Youngs and Academy Award winning actor Olivia Colman.  Anna is Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Second in Command & Head of the Army Section within the thriving Combined Cadet Force.  There is also a highly successful shooting team with GB representation on an annual basis. 

 

Anna was introduced to the sport of Biathlon in her first posting within the Regimental Admin Office of the 1st Battalion the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, taking the Novice team to the Divisional and Army Championships and then for the 6 subsequent years.  She had a stint on the British Biathlon Development Squad and was based between RAF Kinloss/Aviemore in 2007 & 8, and then competed in a couple of European Cup Races before leaving the Army and starting as a teacher in 2010.  She has a strong sporting pedigree with her twin brothers being professional tennis players and herself winning the Army Tennis Championships and competing for the Army in Triathlon.   

 

She is delighted to be able to come back into the Biathlon World and to work alongside Elizabeth Winfield and all the members of the board.  She is excited about being able to support a more secure financial future for the sport and to give back to a sport which she still remains a firm favourite – her skis still being at the back of her classroom 13 years on.

 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time on the North Norfolk Coast with her husband, Dan, and her two children, Oscar (8), and Georgie (6).

Carl Carrier

Carl Carrier

Background:

Carl Carrier initially stood for the board as a Member Elected Director in 2013 and agreed to take on the role of Development Director in 2019.

Carl competed in Biathlon for GBR between 2002 & 2008 on the IBU & World Cup and attended numerous European Championships. Carl was introduced to skiing via the RAF Nordic & Biathlon Team but having never skied before the age of 22 his career was always going to be quite brief. Carl eventually earned his GBR place at the age of 30 and after 6 seasons as a GBR athlete has gone on to coach many athletes in the RAF and even more in his role as the British Nordic Development Squad Pathway Coach and has taken multiple teams to Youth Olympic competitions. As well as dedicating himself to Youth development, Carl is also the BBU Rising Stars Coach bringing through new under 15 athletes into the sport of biathlon.

Roddy Christie

Roddy Christie

Background:

Roddy spent 12 years in the Army, during which time his sporting focus was alpine ski racing, finishing up as the secretary of Army Alpine and Rob’s deputy. He was introduced to the world of Biathlon by Rob in 2017, coming on board as the Secretary General. Roddy is passionate about all winter sports, especially when they involve skis of any sort! Since starting his biathlon journey, he has certainly got the bug, though has yet to actually incorporate his poor Nordic skiing and adequate shooting at the same time due to profound lack of coordination. Roddy handed over the role of Secretary General to Elizabeth in January 2021 and remains a director.

Sarah Greig

Sarah Greig

Background:

Sarah was introduced to Nordic skiing and biathlon at university, where she was quickly transformed from an ardent downhill skier to an obsessed cross-country skier! Following a subsequent and gruelling cross country and biathlon gap year with the Highlanders (4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland) Sarah attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned into the Adjutant General’s Corps, serving for 14 years in various roles. During this time Sarah captained and then managed the Corps Ski Team and was selected for the National Development Squad for biathlon. She went on to become the Secretary of Army Nordic Skiing, running the British Championships in Ruhpolding, and latterly was the Team Leader for Biathlon at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Following her time in the Army, Sarah moved to UK Sport as the Performance Investment Manager, in which role she coordinated the recommendations for funding the subsequent Olympic quadrennial, with valuable insight into the workings of several World Class Programmes. A move closer to home in Kent with her husband Will and children Grace (12) and George (10), led to a career change to the education sector and after 3 successful years as the Bursar of Dover College, Sarah has recently moved to be the Bursar at Ashford School. With Child Protection and Safeguarding an integral part of her day job, Sarah has taken the lead in this area for the BBU.

Jock Inkster

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Background:

Jock is one of two directors elected onto the Board by the BBU membership. He started racing with the Army in the mid-1970s and qualified as an instructor and coach working with a number of Army unit teams, including TA/reservists some of whom he introduced to the sport. He carried on racing and coaching off and on until the late 1990s when he lost his left leg in an accident.

He had already been earmarked as the Director of Army Nordic Skiing and Exercise RUCKSACK, the British, Inter-Service and Army Championships and he took the post over in 1999 joining the BBU Board as an ex-officio director in 2000. During his time in these appointments, he continued to be a staunch supporter of participation by Territorial Army/reservist units as a way to spread the sport amongst civilians. He served in the post and on the Board until 2002 when he was posted to Africa.

After retiring from the military in Kenya in 2008, Jock eventually returned from Africa and with a strong wish to put more back into a sport from which he had gained so much, rejoined the BBU family being elected back onto the Board at the AGM in 2019. He began a second two-year term after re-election this year.

Jock’s primary role is ensuring the interests of the membership are represented at Board meetings. He has drafted the Terms of Reference for the Board and is particularly driven both to maintain as much British representation at the highest levels possible and to grow Biathlon as a sport in the UK. He liaises with clubs in Scotland and his next special task is to head up an initiative to establish BBU proficiency awards and formal coaching qualifications.

Andy Millar

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Background:

Andrew Miller is a serving Army officer who commissioned in 2014. Since then he has served with 3 RIFLES, 1 RIFLES and Strategic Command in a variety of command and staff roles. Operational deployments include Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Andrew became involved in Biathlon as a Platoon Commander, taking a small team away on an Army season. After repeating this several times, Andrew progressed to became the Infantry Nordic Secretary in 2017. In this role he oversaw three rotations of the Infantry training camp and Championships. In mid-2020 he took on the role of Army Nordic Secretary, an appointment he continues to hold today.

At the BBU AGM 2020, Andrew was successfully appointed as a Member Elected Director. Within the BBU he sits on the Athlete Selection Panel as a non-voting member and supports low-level BBU/Army integration as well as representing member views to the board.

Away from the Army and Biathlon, Andrew is first and foremost a hockey player with experience of coaching and playing at national level.

At home, Andrew is married to Yvanna and they have a Labrador called Hamish.

He can be contacted via nordic@awsa.org

Elizabeth Sedgwick

Elizabeth Sedgwick

Background:

A serving Army officer, Elizabeth was first exposed to Biathlon as an officer cadet with London University’s Officer Training Corps in 2000, and immediately fell in love. 21 years on she is still passionate about the sport, having enjoyed many seasons as a competitor, team captain and event official at Army delivered competitions and the National Championships. She still enjoys racing whenever she can be released to compete, even though she is somewhat more ‘mature’ than the other female athletes!

Identifying the benefits that cross-country skiing and biathlon can bring to the military community Elizabeth has committed herself to exposing the sport to the soldiers she has served with. A season of training and preparing for biathlon races has never not had a beneficial impact on a novice competitor, and Elizabeth is passionate about harnessing this energy for future generations of soldiers and young officers.

Currently serving in a liaison role with the French Army, Elizabeth will return to UK in 2022 to take command of a Royal Logistic Corps Regiment. She is very much looking forward to the opportunity to once again introduce novices to biathlon and, of course, compete herself.

Iain Sheridan

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Background:

Iain Sheridan acts as honorary legal counsel for the BBU advising its board of directors. He was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1997 and qualified at One Crown Office Row. Additionally, he trained with Paul Phillips in the Financial Services Regulation practice at Allen & Overy. Originally from Stratford upon Avon,

Iain is a keen four seasons adventurer and former all-round sportsman. Since 1986, he has participated in fell races and triathlons. A sub-three hour marathoner, he currently competes in cross-country running for Thames Hare & Hounds.

Adventures have taken him to remote parts of the Indian, Nepalese and Pakistani Himalayas, Northern Patagonia, Southern Patagonia, Scotland and Svalbard.

Elizabeth Winfield

Elizabeth Winfield

Background:

Elizabeth Winfield served with the Royal Logistic Corps for 18 years and has now transitioned into civilian life to find new ways to give back to the military community and follow her passion in Winter Sports. Currently running her own business, Elizabeth finds time to support the local Combined Cadet Force as the Contingent Commander and reach out to the wider charity sector in the sports environment.

Within the Biathlon World she has competed, coached and managed Teams, including the British Biathlon Team in 2007-2008. She has most recently developed and delivered the first ever Para Nordic Ski Team for Great Britain and ran the Paralympic Inspiration Programme in 2018. She is the Chief Operations Officer for the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team and hopes to bring all her knowledge, experience and energy to the new role as Secretary General of the British Biathlon Union.

Beyond the demands of all these roles, Elizabeth is married to her very understanding husband Chris, with three Children, Olivia, George and James. They enjoy adventures as a family that take them cycling and kayaking around the UK.