OUR ATHLETES

Versapak are proud advocates of champions with integrity.  We’ve been working with a select group of athletes, talking about CleanSport and discussing the current state of the industry of Doping Control and where it will go next.  Learn more about these and our work together.

AMBASSADOR

ali jawad

Silver Medalist, Para Powerlifter Ali Jawad

Ali Jawad is a British Paralympic athlete representing Great Britain in Para Powerlifting at three Paralympic Games, culminating in the win of a Silver Medal in 2016 in Rio.  Since the age of six, Ali has dreamt of winning gold at the Paralympics for his country, joining fellow champions to a place on the podium, dedicating his entire life to his goal and has approached with the greatest integrity and sincerity, a testament to Clean Sports and the honest athletes, not the cheaters.  This has been a passion Ali has fought for, hard and true.

 

Read more from of Ali Jawad in his regular blog.  Visit Versapak’s Anti-Doping blog page here.

ATHLETE CORNER

Jake Shelley

Jake Shelley

Jake Shelly, is a long-distance runner and most recently finished 5th at the 2019 British Championships in the 5000m. PhD student at Kingston University, London is currently researching anti-doping prevention and detection under the supervision of Professor Andrea Petróczi. He has authored several textbook chapters on the topic of anti-doping and is currently working with athletes to understand the factors contributing to the decision to use performance-enhancing drugs. Jake graduated from Oxford University in 2013 with a master’s in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and went on to complete an MSc in Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico in 2015.

Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa is a European Shot Put Medalist winning Gold at the 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin and Bronze at the World Para Athletics Championships 2019 in Dubai.  Vanessa is a British Champion Shot Put, Discus and Javelin thrower in Para Athletics and has a personal best Shot Put – 7.66m

Andrew Hayes

Andrew is also a long distance runner and has competed in cross country, road, and track at international level in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2019, wining the British Indoors Championships in 2018 in the 3000m. Andrew is a current doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham in sport and exercise psychology undertaking a funded PhD titled ‘Psychosocial Factors Facilitating Doping in Sport, Exercise and Education’. Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2015, he completed an MSc at Manchester Metropolitan University in Psychology, as well as an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University and an MA in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford.

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