15 of Sussex's top sports people

Sussex has a rich tradition of producing quality athletes and high-achieving sports people.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 12:01 pm
Top sports people from Sussex

Here is a list (in no particular order) of 15 sports people Sussex can be proud of - whether they are born in the county or live here. Who else would you include in this list?

Won golds at the World Championships and European Championships and silver at the 2012 London Olympics and many other medals in various championships since 1995.
Captained England Sevens Rugby team to silver medal at the Rio Olympics and bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Captained the England Cricket team and is now director of Cricket for the ECB. Claire was also the first woman to play for the all-star charity side Lashings World XI.
He won the Le Mans 24 hours five times, the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. He also raced in Formula One for the Ferrari, Wheatcroft, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno teams.
Youngest person to play Test cricket (of either sex) for England
Rugby prop who has made 200 appearance sfor Harlequins and 66 caps for England
400m hurdles runner won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1993 World Championships, the 1994 European Championships, and five Golds at the Commonwealth games in 1986, 1990 and 1994 - individually and in the relay
Made a record 653 Premier League appearnces - a record - and had 53 England caps
Konta was born to Hungarian parents in Sydney. But now she takes residence in Eastbourne and calls it here home. She has won three singles titles on the WTA Tour and has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open
Has made more than 200 appearances for Leicester Tigers and 22 caps for England
Breach is an England international who also plays for Harlequins. Breach scored six tries on her international debut for England against Canada and scored five more on her second cap.
Cross won the World Championship in 2018 on his debut, having turned professional just 11 months prior to the event. He also won the 2019 World Matchplay.
Played 187 first class matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex taking 1,109 wickets including 39 10-wicket matches. He is now best known for launching the eponymous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 1864, the year after he retired from first-class cricket
Won Gold in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, also won gold at the 1978 European Championships in Prague and the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
The boxer held the undisputed middleweight title in 1980, having previously held the British middleweight title from 1975 to 1976, and the European middleweight title twice between 1977 and 1979