Carl, 45, is a success story for Sussex, practicing the relatively new sport of British target shooting, Air Rifle and Rimfire rifle Benchrest. He is currently the European Air Rifle Benchrest Champion and the European Rimfire Heavy Varmint Class Champion. The Worthing shooter also holds the World Cup in both disciplines, gaining these titles in 2010. At the 2011 World Championship, Carl was the only non American to gain an individual world champion gold medal during the Championship and his gold medal winning score set a new world record. Carl holds three European records and is currently ranked within the 'top five' in a number of benchrest disciplines. Carl has contributed to the sport in a number of ways. Holding the position of Secretary in both the European and World Federations, he has been at the forefront of its development at international level since 2006, as well as writing extensively about target sports for magazines.
Worthing teenager Lauren, 16, broke her back in the summer of 2009 after falling from a tree, which left her paralysed from the waist down. While receiving treatment in Stoke Mandeville hospital she started to play wheelchair tennis and was singled out as having a particular talent. In little more than a year, she progressed through the ranks and is now GB junior No.1 and No.7 in the world junior rankings. The Worthing Sixth Form College student won her first senior title in October 2011 at the Esporta Cardiff Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, where she won the ladies doubles with partner Louise Hunt. Lauren almost doubled her tournament tally in the main draw singles, only losing out in the final. Lauren is now training for the Paralympics and is competing throughout the UK and Europe to secure enough ranking points to qualify.
The Crawley Ladies Athletics team have had an amazing track season in 2011. After back to back promotions in 2009 and 2010, for the first time in their history they competed in the UK Women's League in 2011 – the only ladies club in Sussex to compete at this level. The ladies are an extremely hardworking bunch, who's team spirit is truly infectious. In July, the team also qualified for the National Super cup final and came out on top in their first year in competition. The ladies have proven they are more than just a successful Sussex team. They are friends and – perhaps most importantly – role models to the younger athletes in the club.
Lee, 29, from Littlehampton, is a multi-sports coach whose skill and dedication has seen his main coaching club, Selsey Football Club, achieve great success. In addition to being a Level 3 coach at Selsey FC, Lee is a Level 1 badminton coach and an athletics and tag rugby coach. In his day job as Community Development Coordinator for Inspire Leisure, Lee has brought his expertise to schools in Arun, changing attitudes to sport and mentoring his coaching colleagues to improve coaching across all schools in the district.
Kin Ryu Judo Club was established in 1976 by its founder Mike Leigh in Crawley. The club, which is now based in K2, has since grown to be one of the largest judo clubs in the country with a strong junior section. It has a long history of producing successful judo competitors. These include Neil Seymour, British No.5 U21 100Kgs; Virginia Ford, British Champion and James Pike, British Champion. The club has also produced many British Kata Champions, Southern Area Champions and countless Sussex County Champions. Kin Ryu encourages international links, hosting and visiting clubs from Sweden, Greece, Germany, France and beyond.