International athletes

This information has been put together with our best efforts. If you spot any omissions, mistakes or can provide more information or photos for us to include, please email Alan Forse aj.forse@ntlworld.com

Through the years over 30 athletes from Southampton Athletic Club have represented their country in a number of disciplines.

Household names such as Todd Bennett, Christine Benning, Donna Hartley, Kris Akabusi and Roger Black have competed in the Olympics, World and European Championships and the Commonwealth games.

Current SAC international athletes include Oliver Bromby, Mahamed and Zakariya Mahamed and Alexander Teuten.

In addition, David Henson MBE and Bethany Woodward have competed for GB in World and European Paralympics Championships.

A short biography is shown below in alphabetical order.

Kris Akabusi, 400M & 400M Hurdles, GB

Represented GB in the 400m, and 400M hurdles at the Olympics, World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He won the following medals:

1984 – Silver 4 x 400m relay Olympics Los Angeles.

1986 – Gold  4 x 400m European Champs, Stuttgart. 

1987- Bronze 4x400m relay World Champs, Rome.

1990 – Gold 400m hurdles Auckland Commonwealth Games.

1991 – Gold 4 x 400m relay Olympic Games, Tokyo.

1991 – Bronze 400m hurdles 

           Gold 4 x 400 relay, Tokyo World Champs. 

1992 – Bronze 400m hurdles

           Bronze 4 x 400 relay, Olympic Games, Barcelona.

Gary Barber, Middle Distance, Canada 

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Represented Canada in the 1500m at Rome in 1960

Todd Bennett, 400m, GB

As well as being an outstanding coach and team manager of our BAL team, Todd represented the GB at two Olympics Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea.

Bennett  briefly held the world indoor  record for 400m with a time of 45.56.

1982 – Gold  4 x 400m relay Commonwealth games Brisbane

1983 – Bronze 4 x 400m relay World Champs Helsinki. 

1984 – Silver  4 x 400m relay Olympics Los Angeles. 

1986 – Gold  4x 400m relay

           Silver  200m Commonwealth games Edinburgh. 

Christine Benning, Middle Distance and XC, GB 

A middle-distance runner who competed mainly in the 1500 metres, 3000 metres and XC. In the 1500 m, she represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, finishing fifth in the final. She won a silver medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. 

At the World Cross Country Championships, representing England she won a team Gold in 1974 in Italy, a bronze in 1978 in Scotland and a silver in 1984 in the USA. 

Roger Black, 400m, GB

Represented GB in the 400m at the Olympics, World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.  He won the following medals.

1986 – Gold 400m 

           Gold 4 x 400m relay Stuttgart, European Champs.

1986 – Gold 400m

           Gold  4 x 400m relay  Edinburgh, Commonwealths.

1987 – Silver 4 x 400m Rome, World Champs.

1990- Gold 400m

          Gold 4 x 400m relay Split, European Champs.

1991 – Silver 400m

           Gold 4 x 400m relay Tokyo, World Champs

1992 – Bronze 4 x 400m relay Barcelona, Olympic Games.

1994 – Silver 400m

          Gold 4 x 400m Helsinki, European Champs.

1996 – Silver 400M

          Silver 4 X 400M relay Atlanta, Olympic Games.

1997 – Gold 4 x 400m relay  Athens, World Champs.

June Bridgland, XC, England  

Represented England at the International Cross Country in Birmingham in 1954, Belfast in 56 and Belgium in 57 winning a silver and two bronze medals. 

Oliver Bromby, Sprints, GB

Competing primarily in the 100 metres.
He won a gold medal at the European Team Championships in August 2019 in the 4 x 100m relay at Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Won a silver medal at the 2019 European U23 Championships in Sweden. Also represented GB and England at the World Youth and Commonwealth Championships in 2015.

He competed at the World U20 Championships in 2016 and the European U20 Championships in 2017 in Italy where he won a bronze medal.

Debbie Calloway, Discus, GB 

Represented England at the 1994 Commonwealth games in British Columbia.

Grace Clements, Heptathlon, England

Grace won a heptathlon bronze medal for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.

Janet Dawkins, XC, England 

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David Dear, Sprints, GB
Competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics, the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and won a bronze medal at the 1970 Commonwealth games in Edinburgh.

David Downer, XC, England 

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Alan Drayton, Decathlon, England

A GB decathlete  who competed for England in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia. 

Rod Finch, 3,000m, GB  

A middle-distance runner who mainly competed in the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres.

Won a bronze medal for Great Britain over 3000 m at the 1994 European Athletics Indoor Championships, Paris, France. 

Peter Gabbett, Decathlon,GB  

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Won a silver medal at the 1970 Commonwealth games, was six in the European Championships and twice competed at the Olympic games.

Reg Gosney, XC, England

Represented England at the International Cross Country Championships held at St. Cloud, France in 1947 and those held at Brussels, Belgium in  1950. On both occasions he won a team bronze medal.

Tommy Green, Walking, GB

Won a gold medal in the men’s 50K walk at the summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932.   

Paul Harmsworth, 400m, GB

A British sprinter who represented GB at the 1988 Olympic Games in the 4 × 400m relay, finishing fifth. 

Was a medallist at the 1987 European Athletics Indoor Championships, coming third in the 400 metres, and finished in fifth place at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships, where he was number one European. 

Donna Hartley, Sprints, GB

In 1978, Hartley won two Commonwealth gold medals in Edmonton, Canada, where she won the 400 metres and the 4×400 relay. In 1979, she was European cup semi finalist winner in both 400, and 400 relay again. She also was runner up in European cup finals in 1975, and 1977 in 400, and 400 relay again.

In 1980, she competed at the Moscow Olympic Games where she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 relay. 

David Henson MBE, IPC, Sprints, GB

A British parasport athlete competing mainly in T42  sprint events. He has represented Britain at the Invictus Games, World and European Championships. In 2016 he was selected for the Summer Paralympics in Rio, winning a bronze medal in the 200m sprint (T42). He also won a silver medal in the 200m at the European, Grosseto, Italy in 2016 and a bronze medal in the 200m at the World Championship, London in 2017. 

Freya Jones, Javelin, England

Represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 2014.

Roger Kennedy, Throws, GB

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Mahamed Mahamed, XC, 10,000m, GB 

Has represented  GB on several occasions. In 2017 at the Edinburgh XC International  he ran against senior runners of Europe and the USA. In 2018 he ran in an International meeting at Edinburgh and in 2019 he ran in the European XC in Lisbon. 

He also has many junior men vests for GB and England. In 2019 he gained a GB U23 vest on the track. He also gained an individual bronze medal at the Europeans XC, and has many team medals.

Zakariya Mahamed XC, GB

Gained his first senior England vest in Elgoibar, Spain on the 12th January 2020 and his second vest in Belgium in February. He has also competed for GB at Junior men level at the European and World XC, winning a team medal in Lisbon in 2019.

Frank Martin, Middle Distance, GB 

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Andy Morgan -Lee

Andy represented England at cross country in 1994 (Aldershot), 1995, 1996, 1997 at Ghent in the Belgium Cross Cup and 1998 in Brussels also Belgium Cross Cup. 

In 2001 he represented GB at the World Half Marathon Championships in Bristol. 

Andy has been the Vets team manager of Track & Field league and Road/Cross Country since 2014, taking over from Derek Warne and Malcolm Price. 

Melanie Purkiss, Sprints, England

Represented England and  reached the semi-finals of the 400 metres at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Paul Rees, Throws, Wales 

Represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand.

Simon Rodhouse,  GB Shot Putter

A GB shot Putter who represented England in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia. 

Karen Rushton, Hill Climb, GB  

Represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland in IAU Trail Championships at Ireland in 2013, France in April 2013 and Wales in July 2013. She is now competing as a Masters Athlete.

Paul Sanders  400m GB

Represented GB in the IAAF World Championships at Tokyo in 1991 competing in the 400m. 

Katy Sketchley (now Odell), Sprint Hurdles, Scotlxand   

Katy is currently a coach with SAC.

Katy Sketchley

1996 Belfast, Northern Ireland BLE Presidents Select 

1998 Ljubljana, Slovenia .

1999 Loughborough International 

        Wrexham, Wales in the Welsh Games. 

2000 Cardiff, Wales (Lansing Linde Severnside Trophy) 60H; Loughborough International. 

2001 Loughborough in the Aqua Pura International 

        Tula, Russia Znamensky Brothers Memorial Int’l 

        Santry, Ireland Dublin International.

2002 Loughborough International.

Alexander Teuten, XC, GB  

Represented GB at the European Cross Country Championships at Edinburgh in 2018 and was the BUCS Cross Champion in 2017.

Mike Winch, Throws. GB
A GB shot putter who won a silver medal in the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. Competed in the discus and shot in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton Canada. Won a silver at the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia in 1982. 

Bethany Woodward, IPC, Sprints and Long Jump, GB

A British Paralympics athlete who competed in sprint events in T37 events. Representing England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she won a silver medal in the long jump. Representing Great Britain in the IPC Athletic World Championships London 2012  winning a silver medal in the 200m and a bronze in the 4 x 100 relay. She also won a silver medal in the 100m and a bronze in the 400m at the European Championships, Swansea 2014.

Alison Wyeth, Middle Distance, GB

Represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996, as well as at three World Championships, finishing 5th in the 3000 metres final at the 1993 World Championships. She won AAAs Championship titles at 1500m (1993), 3000m (1989) and 5000m (1995), and twice won the UK Athletics Championships title at 1500 m (1990–91).

 She represented England in the 3,000 metres event, at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Four years later she represented England and won a bronze medal in the 3,000 metres event, atthe 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.