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Meet the St Mary’s Athletes and Alumni Competing at Tokyo 2020

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham would like to congratulate the 12 athletes, students, alumni and friends selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The athletes will be competing in Athletics, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Wheelchair Racing and Cycling.


Matilda Horn far left, team gb rower centre, and Karen Bennett far right, rowing in eight boat
Image: Matilda Horn far left, team gb rower centre, and Karen Bennett far right

Matilda Horn

Alumna Matilda Horn studied Sports Rehabilitation and graduated in 2015. She was the assistant coach of the U23s Women’s four and eight at World Rowing Champions 2016 prior to coxing the Women’s eight at the World Rowing cups Two and Three in 2017 to earn Bronze and Silver medals respectively. The Tokyo Olympic Games will be Matilda’s first and she will be Cox of the Women’s Eight.

Karen Bennett

Alumna Karen Bennett is also a Sports Rehabilitation graduate. She won Silver in the Women’s Eight at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and will competing in the Women’s Four in Tokyo.

Image: Moe Sbihi rowing at Rio 2016, centre

Moe Sbihi

Alumnus Moe Sbihi MBE who studied Sport Science with Health, Nutrition and Exercise at St Mary’s will be competing at his third Olympic Games this year having won Bronze in the Men’s Coxed Eight at London 2012, and Gold in the Men’s Four at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Moe is also one of the Team GB Flag Bearers for the opening ceremony, the first British Muslim to do so.

Rugby Sevens

Image: Emma Uren playing for Saracens

Emma Uren

Alumna Emma Uren studied Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s and graduated in 2020. In 2018, she captained her team to their first victory against France at the U20s Championships and this year she will make her Olympic debut in the Women Rugby Sevens squad in Tokyo. 

Image: Abi Burton

Abi Burton

Abi Burton is a current student at St Mary’s studying Sport Science. She will be joining Alumna Emma Uren in Tokyo as a member the Women’s Rugby Sevens squad to make her Olympic debut.


Image: Revee Walcott-Nolan

Revee Walcott-Nolan

Alumna Revee Walcott-Nolan is an EPC athlete who studied Sport Science at St Mary’s and graduated in 2016. She won the Women’s 1500m at the British Championships and will make her Olympic debut in the Women’s 1500m in Tokyo.

Image: Jake Wightman

Jake Wightman

Jake Wightman is an Endurance Performance Centre affiliate and regularly trains at St Mary’s. He won bronze in the 1500m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and will make his Olympic debut in the Men’s 1500m in Tokyo.

Image: Elliot Giles

Elliot Giles

Alumnus Elliot Giles studied Physical and Sport Education at St Mary’s and graduated in 2017. He won bronze in the 800m at the European Championships in 2016 and broke the British indoor 800m record in 2021. Tokyo will be Elliot’s second Olympic Games having first competed in the Men’s 800m in Rio in 2016. 

Steph Twell
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Steph Twell

St Mary’s Alumna Steph Twell studied Strength and Conditioning.  She will be competing in the Marathon at her third Olympic games having made her debut at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 where she competed in the Women’s 1500m, then at the Rio Games in 2016, where she competed in the Women’s 5000m. 

Anna Møller
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Anna Møller

Anna Møller is an Endurance Performance Centre Alumna who studied Sport Science at St Mary's. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be her second games, having competed in the 3000m Steeplechase at Rio 2016 representing Denmark. 

Image: David Weir at London 2012

David Weir

David Weir CBE is a friend of St Mary's who has trained and undertaken physiological testing here for a number of years. He has been selected to compete in the T54 1500m, 5000m and Marathon events at this year's Paralympics. He has had an illustrious career having won a total of ten medals including six Gold medals. 


Image: Corrine Hall

Corrine Hall

Alumna Corrine Hall MBE, who studied Sport Science will also be competing at The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games which will be her second games having won and gold and bronze medals as a pilot for Lora Turnham in the Tandem Cycling 3000m Individual Pursuit B and the 30km Time Trial B respectively.  

Follow their progress

Find out when our athletes are competing on the Olympics Schedule and follow their progress on the Olympic news page.

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