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The Human Performance Unit works with a variety of athletes from weekend warriors to world-class performers. Below is an introduction into some of our world-class athletes.

Joe Skipper

Age: 27
Event: Ironman




10 Oct - Ironman World Championships — Kona, Hawaii 13th
30 Aug - Rubicon Triathlon (middle distance) — Newby Hall, N. Yorks, UK 1st
19 Jul - Ironman UK 2015 — Bolton, UK 3rd
11 Jul - Norwich Sprint Triathlon — Norwich, UK 1st
27 Jun - ITU Long Distance World Championships — Motala, Sweden 3rd
16 May - Ironman Texas 2015 — The Woodlands, Texas, USA 2nd
19 Apr - New Orleans 70.3 — New Orleans, USA 8th
27 Feb - Challenge Dubai — Dubai, UAE 19th

5 Oct - Ironman Barcelona — Barcelona, Spain 6th
14 Sep - Challenge Weymouth — Weymouth 1st
31 Aug - Rubicon Middle Distance — Yorks, UK 1st
20 Jul - Ironman UK 2014 — Bolton, UK 2nd


My background in sport has been from as long as I can remember. I started swimming and running at a very young age and then started cycling shortly afterwards when I was around 13. When I was 18 and attending Essex University I started to take things more seriously and had decent success in cycling events racing the televised tour series cycling races and the premier calendar road events which is the pinnacle in domestic cycling. In 2010 I got back into Triathlon while I was in Manchester and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would say I regained my love for the sport and new that it was the sport which I wanted to pursue and do well at.

In 2011 I was the Amateur Champion at the British half Ironman Distance.In 2012 I did my first Ironman and finished in a time of 8 hours 23 minutes and 5th place overall at the Challenge Barcelona race. In 2013 I was 3rd at Ironman Uk and 10th In Florida with a time of 8 hours 17 minutes. In 2014 I was 2nd at Ironman UK, 1st Challenge Weymouth, and 6th at Ironman Barcelona.

In 2015 I had my most successful season so far. I achieved 2nd place at Ironman Texas which was the North American championships, in doing this I recorded the 3rd fastest ever bike split in an Ironman Triathlon of 4 hours 10 minutes. Later on that year I finished 3rd at the ITU world Long distance championships with the fastest run split of the day showing that I’m not just a one trick pony, unfortunately it wasn’t quick enough and I missed out on becoming world champion by a mere 30 seconds. I raced Ironman UK 3 weeks later and was devastated to only be able to finish 3rd place. I really felt like I was going to win it and was the favourite going into the race. I certainly learnt that you can never take anything for granted in sport and no one deserves or is owed anything! It was a hard lesson but I took a lot from this in my build up to Kona the Ironman world championships where I finished 13th.

This year was a massive step up in performances I’ve learnt a lot in terms of what training I think works for me and what doesn’t. I’m really looking to 2016 as I know I can achieve a lot more and exciting to think about what I could do. My aims are Ironman New Zealand, Challenge Roth where I want to go under 8 hours for the Ironman distance and the Ironman world championships in Kona where I want to be well inside the top 10 overall. I’m really looking forward to seeking even more gains by working with the Human Performance Unit at Essex University.


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Dominic King

Age: 32
Event: Race Walking – Athletics
Main Event 50km Walk


Multiple National Champion distances from 3000m to 100 miles.
• 1 x Olympic Games (London 2012, 50km Men’s Walk 50th place)
• 2 x Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002 20km Men’s Walk DQ whilst in 4th, Melbourne 2006 20km Walk 6th place)
• 1 x World Junior Champs (Kingston, Jamaica 2002 DQ whilst in 4th)
• 1 x European Junior Champs (Grosetto, Italy 17th)
• 4 x World Walking Cups (2002 Turin, Italy 20km 68th 1:37:40; 2004 Naumburg, Germany 20km 61st 1:28:12; 2008 Cheboksary, Russia 50km 59th 4:25:26; 2012 Saransk, Russia 50km 50th 4:13:25)
• 7 x European Walking Cups (2000 Eisenhuttenstadt, Germany 10km U20 27th 45:03; 2001 Dudince, Slovakia DNS; 2003 Cheboksary, Russia 20km 48th 1:35:16; 2005 Miskolc, Hungary 20km DQ; 2009 Metz, France 50km DQ; 2011 Olhao, Portugal 50km 24th 4:18:36; 2013 Dudince, Slovakia 50km DQ)
• Over 50 GB and England Senior and Junior International Events since 1998.

Personal Bests (walking):
3000m 11:51.44
5000m 19:57.91
5 miles 33:58
10000m 42:17.1
7 miles 49:11
10 miles 71:25
20km 87:52
50km 3:59:22
100 miles 18:13:11

2014-15 UK/Europe/World Rankings:
50km Walk 3:59:22 * 3rd on UK All time list and fastest UK time for 15 years.
UK ranking = 1st
European Ranking = 39th
World Ranking = 83rd

Other Awards/Achievements:
• Colchester Sports Personality of Year (Senior Winner 2012, Senior Winner 2015)
• Performance of the Year (UK Race Walking Association 50km or over) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
• First person to achieve both Centurion and Olympian Status in the same year (2012)
• Most capped UK Race walker
• Most capped UK walker at European Race Walking Cups
• On course to be the first athlete to compete in Commonwealth (Manchester 2002), World (London 2017 TBC) and Olympic Games (London 2012) in home country.
• Previous Team Essex Ambassador
• UK Centurion No. 1098 (2012 100 miles walk in under 24 hours)
• Life Member of Colchester Harriers Athletics Club
• Guest Speaker for various Sports Awards/Ceremonies/School Events
• Numerous local, regional and national press releases and TV appearances (BBC Look East, Blue Peter, Fantastic Man fitness model, research projects participant)
• Essex County Sports Awards Nominee



Been involved in Athletics since the age of 5. Started Race Walking aged 11 years old with Colchester Harriers Athletics Club and have been a member ever since. Achieved first junior international invite in 1994 as an U13 for England RWA against Ireland RWA in Dublin. Went to Coventry University (studying Sport & Exercise Science achieved 2:1) where stepped up training and performances, resulting in debut Senior International at Manchester Commonwealth Games 20km walk (2002) weeks after competing in World Junior Athletics Championships.


Transitioned to 50km event in Oct 2007 just weeks after getting married and focused mainly on 50km since. Breakthrough came in 2012 knocking 8 minutes off PB to gain B Standard for London Olympics and achieve childhood dream of racing in Olympic games.


Changed coach in 2012 and took some time to adjust/recover mentally from 2012 London and 100 miles walk, working on technique with new coach. This was shown this year in October 2015 with a further 7 minute PB and achieved qualification time for the 50km Rio Olympic Games. I am also a Qualified Level 2 Athletics Coach and mentor for other athletes. I currently work as the Sports Development Manager at University of Essex Students’ Union, where I have been employed for over 10 years.

Future goals/potential competitions for this season:
• 19th March 2016 Dudince, Slovakia 50km Olympic Trial Event
• 9th April IAAF World Challenge Event Rio Major, Portugal 20km
• 7th/8th May World Race Walking Team Championship, TBC
• 28th May IAAF World Challenge Event La Coruna, Spain 20km
• 4th/5th June British Athletics 20km Olympic Trials TBC
• 12th August Olympic Games, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 20km Walk
• 19th August Olympic Games, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 50km Walk

Aim to walk under 3:55 for 50km in 2016 (Top 30 Olympics, Top 60 in World Rankings) and to break UK 50km walk record by 2017 (3:51:37 set by Chris Maddocks 28/10/90).

Future Seasons:
• 2017 World Athletics Championships, London, UK
• 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia





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