Our Athletes - Team Slingshot Europe

Clare Barks





Clare works as a self employed Personal Trainer. She's always been an active person and has played many sports throughout the years, as well as running marathons and undertaking various other physical challenges, but her passion has always been in the weights room.


She's been competing since April 2013 as a UKBFF/IFBB Figure Athlete and amongst her achievements so far she has held the title of UKBFF British Champion. She's extremely passionate about the fitness industry and competing has become a complete lifestyle for her. She's highly disciplined and motivated in what she does and loves a challenge! Achievements so far:


  • 3rd Place Southcoast Championships 2013 (Open Class)
  • 5th Place British Championships 2013 (Height Class)
  • 1st Place Stars of Tomorrow 2013 (Height Class)
  • 1st Place UK Nationals 2014 (Open Class)
  • 4th Place English Grand Prix 2014 (Open Class)
  • 4th Place British Championships 2014 (Height Class)
  • 3rd Place UK Nationals 2015 (Open Class)
  • 3rd Place Southcoast Championships 2015 (Open Class)
  • Top 10 IFBB Arnold's Classic, Madrid 2015 (Height Class)
  • 1st Place UKBFF British Championships 2015 (Height Class)
  • Top 15 IFBB Amateur Olympia 2015 (Height Class)
  • Top 15 IFBB Arnold's Classic, Barcelona 2016 (Height Class)
  • 2nd Place UKBFF British Championships 2016 (Height Class)
  • 4th Place IFBB Diamond Cup 2016 (Height Class)

Sam Bird





Sam started training with weights on a family holiday at age 14. His dad took him for a workout in the resort gym and he was hooked! Fast forward 4 years and he was at University studying for a degree in Personal Training. Fast forward another 4 years and he was working as a Personal Trainer, it was at this point that he decided to start training towards competing in Physique competitions.


His first competition was in November 2013 with his partner (and fellow Slingshot athlete, Emma Howie). She qualified for the British Finals and he wasn’t willing to go as a spectator, so the following year he competed in his second Men’s Physique Competition and placed Second, qualifying him for the Finals too! The following year he entered the same show and placed First (2015).


Most recently Sam made the jump into Natural Bodybuilding and competed with the BNBF last August, placing 2nd in the Open Heavyweight Class. He has decided to take this year off from bodybuilding and have a crack at Powerlifting. Sam has always used the main powerlifting movements as the basis of his workouts but has never really pushed them to their limits and focused on building my strength. So this year Sam signed up to the GBPF and will be entering my first Meet in May! His goal this year will be to work towards a 600kg total. Achievements so far:


  • 2014 UKBFF Men’s Physique 2nd place
  • 2015 UKBFF Men’s Physique 1st place
  • 2016 BNBF Heavy Weight Open Class Bodybuilding 2nd place 

    Anastasia Parikos





    Ana has been a personal trainer and bikini fitness competitor for many years and she loves it! After winning her debut competition back in 2013, Miami Pro, she has been competing ever since. Rising through the ranks to become a UKBFF champion and working hard to get onto international stages, complete with many trophies to show for it. Including silverware from the Arnold Classic, UKBFF British Finals and IFBB Diamond Cup. She has always been passionate about health and fitness and she feels that being a personal trainer is the best way for her to help and inspire others who want to follow in her footsteps.


    She has a real passion for hard work and she likes to think it is infectious! Ana loves her food and demonstrates that life is all about balance. Who wouldn't want to look great and still manage to enjoy their diet with treats and cheats along the way? It works for her, it makes her stronger and something must be working because she can squat and deadlift over 100kg.


    Katarina Wiemeyer

    COMPETES IN: Olympic Weightlifting


    Katarina found Olympic weightlifting through Crossfit in 2012; which completely changed her view on fitness, training and nutrition. Once she started focusing her training on the Olympic Lifts and getting strong, she knew she had found her sport. She has been competing in Olympic Weightlifting since 2015, during which time she has competed in 2 English Championships and placed 5th in the 2016 British Championships.


    She is Crossfit and British Weightlifting certified and enjoys both coaching and helping other people to see the benefits of getting involved in strength sports. She follows a strict nutrition and training programme that is based around the competition calendar. This ensures there is time for focused and intense training whilst following a strict diet, but also time for fun, enjoying food and getting strong.


    Jason Thompson

    COMPETES IN: UKBFF Men's Physique

    Jason interest in fitness started around ten years ago, his love for working out quite quickly became part of his routine. As his passion grew he made the decision to start competing. His first competition took place in April 16 where he placed 1st in UKBFF's South Coast, Muscular Men's Physique. Following that win Jason was motivated to continue competing resulting in him taking the title of the first ever UKBFF Men's Muscular Physique British Champion!


    Competing has given him to desire to help others realize their potential, showing that dedication and hard work really does achieve results. This year his focus is to gain IFBB Pro status, getting him that step closer to the Olympia stage! Achievements to date (2016):


    • 1st South Coast (Men's Physique)
    • 3rd UKBFF English Grand Prix (Muscular Mens Physique open)
    • 5th IFBB Arnold Classic Barcelona (Muscular Men's Physique)
    • 1st UKBFF British Finals (Muscular Men's Physique)
    • 1st IFBB Diamond Cup (Muscular Men's Physique)