Fatima Whitbread MBE OLY is the first British thrower ever to break a world record, becoming World Champion, World Record Holder, and two-time Olympic medallist in javelin. Despite experiencing many injuries throughout her career, Fatima possesses immense grit and mental courage. Born to an abusive mother, she suffered a childhood marked by abuse, poverty, and adversities.
Fatima was first introduced to sport and athletics at school. After Fatima won the school's athletics league cup she joined Thurrock Harriers where she was introduced to Margaret Whitbread the club javelin coach. Margaret later adopted Fatima and nurtured her talent.
Fatima took part in the popular television series ‘Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins’ and openly shared her mental health struggles and life as an athlete. She is an inspiration to many and shows that although inequalities and disadvantage are prevalent throughout many young people's lives, they do not determine their story. With the support of coaches and volunteers at her local athletics club, Fatima was able to defy the odds and become one of Britain’s most successful throwers.
Fatima was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012