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Ashia Hansen

Ashia Hansen
Ashia Hansen

Ashia switched from long jump to triple jump in 1992 and has never looked back since. She has now become one of the world's greatest Triple Jumpers and currently holds the World Indoor Record.

She is without doubt Britain's greatest ever-female jumper having already set twenty British records.

In 1997 Ashia won her first major medal, silver at the World Indoor Championships in Paris. Ashia's progress during 1997 elevated her into the World's elite.

Ashia trains with the elite Birchfield Harriers a prominent player on the stage of British track and field.

Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis
Denise Lewis

Golden girl, Denise Lewis was born in West Bromwich in 1972. She's a winner of many medals including gold medals at Heptathlon at Commonwealth and European level.

After joining Birmingham Birchfield Harriers, she tested her undoubted natural abilities in every discipline: running, jumping and throwing.

It was soon realized that she was a 'natural' for the seven event heptathlon. With a superb all-round talent, Denise has progressed to the highest world-class level at the heptathlon, with the culmination to date being her Olympic gold medal in Sydney.

She was awarded the MBE in the 1999 New Year Honours - and 12 months later, following her Olympic triumph, advanced to be OBE In 2001.

Tessa Sanderson

Tessa Sanderson
Tessa Sanderson

Wolverhampton born Tessa Sanderson has established herself as a living legend in the world of international javelin throwing.

Over a 17-year career in senior international competition, Sanderson had won one Olympic and three Commonwealth gold medals. Tessa was the dominant force amongst British javelin throwers for a decade.

Tessa retired in 1992 to pursue a career in Television.

Daniel Caines

Daniel Caines
Daniel Caines

Born in 1979, Daniel Caines is Great Britain's top athlete at the 400-metre distance. His place at the top of the world stage was secured when he won the gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in 2001. His time at 45.61 seconds was the second fastest in the world.

Daniel comes from a family with a fine sporting pedigree. His mother, Blondelle Thompson, set a British record at 13.0 for 100m hurdles in 1974 and ran for Britain in the European Championships that year. His father Joe Caines was a British junior international in 1970 - 1970. His uncles Garry and Keith Thompson were footballers with Aston Villa and Coventry City.

Daniel trains with the Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham, home to world class athletes.

Mark Lewis-Francis

Mark Lewis-Francis
Mark Lewis-Francis

Lewis-Francis is a member of the Birchfield Harriers, home also to Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Denise Lewis, Ashia Hansen and Daniel Caines but to name a few.

Lewis-Francis won his first English schools title in 1997, when he was only 15. Though more medals followed, he didn't come to the attention of the national media until 2000 where he qualified to run for Britain in the 100m at the 2000 Olympics.

He was elected as British Junior Male Athlete of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the first man ever to win this honour twice.

Kash 'The Flash' Gill
Kick Boxing Champion

Kash Gill
Kash Gill

Gill's natural speed and athletic ability soon earned him the nickname "The Flash"; a name which aptly stuck for the rest of his fighting career.

The list of world titles that Kash has picked up and added to his collection over the years is impressive - the gold medal in the PKA World Amateur Championships in St Nazaire, the light-middleweight gold medal in the European Amateur Championships in Paris, the light-middleweight title in the British professional PKA Championship, the WKA Professional European kickboxing title in Palermo, Italy.

Having created not just ripples, but waves of excitement in the world of kickboxing, Kash was now widely acknowledged as a world class Thaiboxer.

Stan Collymore

Stan Collymore
Stan Collymore

Stan Collymore was born, in Cannock. He is one of the most controversial figures of recent footballing times.

His best top-flight form so far came during his spell at Nottingham Forest, earning him a multi-million pound move to Liverpool and then to Villa. His troubled career took a new downturn when he fell out with the boss in September 2000.

Bradford City then took a gamble on the striker by taking him on a free transfer in October 2000. He made 11 Premiership appearances for the Foxes.

Collymore then went on to make a handful of appearances at Real Ovideomade football club before he announced his retirement from the game aged only 30. His ex-managers all agreed that he was a huge waste of talent.

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