Yorkshire Olympians: Athletes at Rio from Doncaster, Huddersfield & York (UPDATED)
We’ve taken a look at the Team GB athletes in Brazil 2016 from Sheffield and Leeds already, but now we move on to Doncaster, Huddersfield and York. There have already been 12 medals - three of them gold - won but will there be more?
John Whitaker MBE
One of the biggest names in the world of equestrianism, John has lived all his life in West Yorkshire, around Huddersfield. Taught by his mother from the age of 6, he has 21 Championship medals to his name since he began competing in 1980. The international showjumper has dominated the field for many years and is expected to challenge in Rio.
The younger brother of John, Michael is also a show jumper for the Great Britain Olympics team. Having began on ponies from the age of seven, he competed internationally at 16 and has placed in the top three at 14 major events in his career. Also from Huddersfield, the 56-year-old was similarly home taught.
Marcus Ellis (Won BRONZE in Men's Doubles)
The 26-year-old, coached by Pete Jeffrey, started 2016 by winning the doubles at the 2016 English National Badminton Championships with partner Chris Langridge. He won gold at a badminton tournament in 2013 and the Huddersfield-born, former Colne Valley student currently resides and trains in Milton Keynes.
The 16-year-old finished 5th in the women’s synchronised 10m platform with partner Tonia Couch. Lois has been winning medals for years and has competed in senior events since 2014; winning silver and gold at the National Cup as well as gold in the European Games. Part of the City of Leeds Diving Club, the Huddersfield born lass is tipped for a big future.
Captain of the Great Britain field hockey team, the 32-year-old is also England’s most capped international and plays for the Ranchi Rays in the Hockey India League. The record breaker hails from Doncaster and was part of the team that won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Beverley based tennis star was born in South Africa and is the current British number three. He crashed out in round two against Japan’s Taro Daniel but the 21-year-old has a big future in the game. Currently, he trains at the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Training Centre and at the Beverley and East Riding Lawn Tennis Club when at home.
The Harrogate born diver is competing in the men’s 3m springboard for Ireland in the 2016 Olympics. He’s previously won a bronze at the Commonwealth Games, four British Men’s titles and a British Cup and is the first Irish diver to qualify for a Games since 1948.