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  • Writer's picturePhil Packer

World Championship medallist and European & British Champion, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, supports BRIT

We are delighted that Shelayna is part of our BRIT Ambassador family and championing the annual BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult and student mental health and fitness.

Shelayna is a multiple 800m British indoor and outdoor champion and has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions at the European, World and Commonwealth Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games. Shelayna is also two time European medallist (Gold and Silver) and World Bronze Medallist. She has also won seven National titles.

“Having been a student, and a coach for young athletes, I know that a vast number of young adults are living with mental health challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the lives of many young adults and students who are struggling with existing mental health challenges. The BRIT Vision to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK resonates with me, both personally and professionally, and I am delighted to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family.

With so many charities struggling to fundraise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I am thrilled that university and college teams taking part in the BRIT Challenge can choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities.

It is great to see that BRIT have designed the annual BRIT Challenge to be inclusive so that students and staff of all abilities can take part in many different ways; by hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding). It would be fantastic if every UK university, college, specialist college and Students’ Union embraces the BRIT Challenge, enters teams and encourages their students and staff to take part in this inspiring feelgood February fundraiser..

I urge my fellow Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes from all sports to join our BRIT Ambassador family, promote the BRIT Challenge at universities and colleges of their choice, help destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.

I look forward to encouraging and supporting students and staff at Brunel University, London, as they take on the BRIT Challenge.”

Shelayna Oskan-Clarke OLY

Olympian, World Championship medallist, European Champion and six-time British Champion

Shelayna was educated at Bayliss Court School and a member of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletics Club. Shelayna also used to play hockey at County level.

In 2008, Shelayna represented England at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India where she came 5th in the 400 metres.

Between 2008 and 2011, Shelayna completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Brunel University London.

Her first national title was at the 2008 England U20 Championships where she won gold in the 400 metres.

Shelayna won gold and in the 400 metres at the 2009 England U20 Indoor Championships and silver at the 2009 England U20 Championships.

In 2010, Shelayna won bronze in the 400 metres at the England U23 Championships and in 2011, won silver at the England Championships and bronze at the England U23 Championships.

Shelayna focussed on the 800 metres from 2013, and won bronze at the British Championships that year.

In 2014 and 2015, Shelayna won silver in the 800 metres at both the British Championships and the British Indoor Championships.

Shelayna represented Great Britain in the 800 metres at the 2015 European Indoor Championships and then at the World Championships in Beijing, China where she came 5th.

In 2016, Shelayna reached the semi-final of the 800 metres at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shelayna won gold in the 800 metres at the 2016 and 2017 British Championships, and also won gold in the 2017 British Indoor Championships.

In 2017, Shelayna represented Great Britain at the World Championships in London and also at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia where she won silver in the 800 metres.

In 2018, Shelayna won gold in the 800 metres at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Shelayna won silver in the 800 metres at the 2018 British Championships and gold at the British Indoor Championships. In 2019, she won gold in the 800 metres at both the British Championships and the British Indoor Championships.

Shelayna has won seven National titles; six senior and one U20. She has placed in the top two in her last nine National Championships and has run below two minutes for the 800 metres eight times.

One of Shelayna’s passions is motivating and encouraging people to become the best versions of themselves. She has a BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science from Brunel University, London, and Level 3 Personal Training and Level 2 Athletics Coaching qualifications. To read more about Shelayna’s Personal Training and SOC (Succeed – Optimise – Challenge) Fitness, please visit their website.

In addition to delivering motivational talks to an array of corporations, Shelayna continually provides inspirational presentations within schools across the country.

You can follow Shelayna on Twitter and Instagram.


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