15 of the best Suffolk and north Essex athletes of all time
PUBLISHED: 16:39 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 07 August 2017
We are four days into the IAAF World Championships in Athletics and have been completely glued to our screens watching the likes of Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah. We take a look at the talented athlete’s that have came from Suffolk, from javelin to running - here are 15 of the best Suffolk and north Essex athletes of all time.
1. Alastair Cook, Wickham Bishops
Cricket captain Cook is England’s all-time leading run scorer, he is considered one of the greatest and most successful batsmen to ever play for England. This left handed star was the youngest Englishman to reach 1,500, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 10,000 test runs.
I don’t know about you but I feel sweaty from just reading about his success!
2. Anthony Ogogo, Lowestoft
The current day Lowestoft hero took up middleweight boxing at the age of 12, and won his first gold medal in 2004 at the Junior Olympics when he was 16. Anthony struck gold again in 2005 at the IABA Cadet World Championships.
Ogogo was also the first of the British boxers to make their Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic games, he opened with a round of 32 which he won.
3. George Pinner, Ipswich
Ball-hitter Pinner won goalkeeper of the tournament at the Hockey Champions Trophy in 2016, after this he changed to the No 1 position.
George’s first international game dates back to 2007. Four years after this he had his first international debut at the Champions Trophy in 2011, where his team finished sixth.
4. Goldie Sayers, Newmarket
The javelin thrower’s birth name is Katherine Dinah Sayers but she is best known as Goldie Sayers.
Goldie set a new British record by throwing the javelin to 65.05m which made her the first British woman to throw over 65 metres since javelins were redesigned in 1999. The Newmarket record breaker also won five consecutive national titles.
5. Bill Tancred, Felixstowe
This man has done it all. He is a former double Olympian, a world class discus thrower and an international athletics coach.
And let’s not forget to mention he was awarded an MBE in 1992 for his services in athletics.
Bill also won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1974, and a bronze medal four years earlier.
6. Kieron Dyer, Ipswich
Midfielder Kieron certainly knows his way around the football pitch! He kickstarted his career at his home town team Ipswich Town Football Club. From there he progressed to Newcastle United, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Middlesbrough and of course England.
This Suffolk lad has had international football success as well as being a Premier League star.
7. Karen Pickering, Ipswich
Not many athletes can say they have competed in four consecutive Olympics, but swimming sensation Karen can!
During her 20 year international career, she won 35 major championship medals, 38 national titles, and was four times World Champion.
Karen broke two world records and collected 27 medals in her career, four of those were gold.
8. Elena Baltacha, Ipswich
The tennis star successfully won 11 ITF single titles, and was a four time winner of the AEGON Awards.
Elena was also a long-term British number one for ten years from 2002 to 2012.
On top of this Elena was ranked as one of the world’s top tennis players, being listed at 49 in 2010.
9. Dominic King, Colchester
Dominic is a two-time Olympian race walker, a skill we have all wished we had when running for the bus.
This speedy walker’s career started when he was 19. He then competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Four years on he competed at the Commonwealth Games again and finished sixth place.
10. Harry Martin, Ipswich
Hockey mad Harry competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 and 2012 Champions Trophy and the London Olympics.
Harry was the first player involved in England Hockey’s Single System to be selected for an Olympic Games.
He was also shortlisted for the FIH World Young Player of the Year Award in 2012 and competed at his second Olympics in Rio.
11. Zoe Newson, East Bergholt
Zoe Newson doesn’t let the fact she was born with dwarfism hold her back.
This Suffolk Paralympian excels at powerlifting.
This strong lady got herself a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and posted a European record at the IPC Powerlifting British Championships.
12. Chris Walker-Hebborn, Bury
The backstroke star from Bury competed in the 2016 Olympics and received a silver medal.
He then went on to win two gold medals at the 2017 British Swimming Championships.
Another splash of talent that comes from East Anglia.
13. Stan Cox, Felixstowe
Another champion runner from East Anglia!
Stan was the British six-mile champion at the 1948 London Olympics, and was one of the two top marathon runners in the world.
The champ returned to the Olympics in 1952 but unfortunately could not complete the event due to the flu.
14. Charles Clover, Ipswich.
Charles was a former postman who then went on to break records as a javelin thrower!
This East Anglian star managed to beat the British youth, the European, Commonwealth and Junior records.
At the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, he threw the javelin 84.92m which was his personal best, this record wasn’t beaten until 2015.
15. Sam Lawson, Bury St Edmunds
A body to brag about, Sam Lawson is a bodybuilder from Bury St Edmunds.
Sam Lawson had only been training for four years when she came third place in the 2015 IBFA World Body Building Championships in Rome.
On top of this she was the British champion in the figure category and also came first in IBFA Hampshire’s most toned.