Lincoln Minster School
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Sports Ambassadors

We offer a unique and inspirational programme for our pupils to participate in, with current high profile coaches and performers visiting the school.


Sessions are planned with our Sports Ambassadors every half term.

Pupils can take part in sessions with the aim to see what it takes to be an elite performer, training methods and look at the psychological traits needed to be an elite performer. Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in sessions with the Sports Ambassadors as the coach.

Evening sessions are held for parents to attend, meeting with ambassadors and learning about their experience of coaching, how to support young performers, as well as, how to cope with studies and playing at an elite level.

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Meet Our Sports Ambassadors

Poppy Miller

Poppy Miller

Commentator, Sideline Reporter, TV Digital Host 

Graduating from the University of South Carolina Beaufort with a degree in Communications Studies, past Lincoln Minster School pupil Poppy went on to intern at local news station WHHI TV before becoming the lead host of live daily trivia app The Q Trivia.

Poppy is currently a commentator and sideline reporter for Charleston Battery Soccer Club. She commentates on all home and away matches, broadcast on ESPN+. She is the only female Play by Play commentator in the league.

Jordan Olowofela

Jordan Olowofela

Full Back for Leicester Tigers and Dragons Rugby

Former Lincoln Minster School pupil, Jordan started his first Premiership game versus Worcester Warriors at Full Back position for Leicester Tigers. Jordan managed to get 80 minutes under his belt, gaining a huge amount of experience. In the summer of 2018, he was called up to the full England Senior Training Camp.

Having the opportunity to train with the country’s best English players is an unbelievable chance for Jordan and an opportunity to build on the fantastic World Cup he had with the England U20s.

Ryan Olowofela

Ryan Olowofela

England National Rugby Sevens and Jersey Reds Player

Former pupil Ryan starred for Lincoln Minster School in all sports but with notable success in Rugby. Ryan left in 2014 to join the Leicester Tigers Academy set-up and has gone on to make quite a name for himself in the world of Rugby.

Ryan excelled in England setups and was offered the opportunity to play Rugby 7’s with England, the 7’s game has suited his speed, agility, strength and flair. As a result, Ryan has played in virtually all of the World 7’s Series 2018. Ryan’s first World Series try was scored against Russia at the Hamilton tournament. Ryan’s stand out try’s against Argentina and Samoa demonstrated his great speed and power. Ryan has also captained England 7’s on the European Circuit.
 

Elizabeth Simmonds

Elizabeth Simmonds

Double Olympian and Double European Champion

At 14, whilst attending Lincoln Minster School, Lizzie won 5 golds at the European Youth Olympic Games and 6 golds at the European Junior. She qualified for her first senior team at 15, and her first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17, finishing sixth in the 200m backstroke. Lizzie was twice crowned senior European Champion, collecting a number of medals at Commonwealth Games and World Championship competitions. Lizzie competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth-place finish in the 200m backstroke.

Now the Vice-Chair of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission, Lizzie brings knowledge and expertise to Team GB athlete support programmes and promotes athlete welfare across the high-performance system. She is passionate about using her experiences from elite sports to help young people develop and thrive.

Emma Sanders

Emma Sanders

Broadcast Journalist, BBC

Former pupil, Emma Sanders, works as a sports broadcast journalist and has worked with BBC Sport, BBC, The Independent, Bleacher Report, Liverpool Echo, This Is Anfield, Flintshire Chronicle, HipToro, Southport Visiter and Full Stop.

Emma covers Premier League games, international, top-flight men’s European and WSL for the BBC Sport website, specialising in live text reporting.

Andy Halliday

Andy Halliday

GB Men's Hockey Team Manager

Andy Halliday is a GB Men's Olympic Hockey Team Manager, EMCC accredited performance coach, ex-national league hockey player and Head Coach of men's indoor hockey.

Zack Wallace

Zack Wallace

GB Hockey Player

Zack Wallace plays as a midfielder or forward for Dutch Hoofdklasse club HGC and the England and Great Britain national teams. Zack made his senior international debuts in October 2018, aged 19, for Great Britain versus Belgium on 2 October 2018 and for England versus France on 16 October 2018. In December 2019, he was nominated for the FIH Rising Star of the Year Award. On 28 May 2021, he was selected in the England squad for the 2021 EuroHockey Championship.

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