Place of birthCoventry

Height5' 11

Joel has excelled at international level in athletics and bobsleigh, representing Great Britain on the world stage in both sports.

Having begun his bobsleigh career in 2011 when his sprint coach, Michael Khmel, joined the GB Bobsleigh set up, Joel claimed silver medals at the World Cup event in Lake Placid in late 2013 and at the 2014 European Championships. He featured for GB in the 4x100m relay in the World Championships in Moscow in 2013, the same year that he finished fifth alongside John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Stuart Benson in the bobsleigh World Champs in St Moritz.

Joel missed out on a medal by just 0.11 seconds at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi - when the same crew again finished fifth in Russia - and he took a season away from the sport later that year. He returned in some style as he and Tasker registered GB's best World Championship 2-man result for half a century when they placed fourth in Igls in 2016. He was on the brink of a medal in the 4-man event at the same meet before a crash derailed his hopes of making the podium and he suffered the same 4-man fate at the 2017 World Championships in Konigssee a week after placing ninth with Tasker in the 2-man competition.

Britain's fastest man in 2016, Joel became just the sixth Brit to run the 100m in under 10 seconds. He broke that barrier when he ran 9.96 seconds at the English Championships in Bedford, shortly after the Summer Olympic trials. That effort put him joint third on the British all-time list, with only Linford Christie and James Dasaolu having clocked faster times.

Joel in his own words...

  • Most likely to be spotted: in the park or out with the family on our bikes
  • Least likely to be found: anywhere that’s busy
  • Me in three: serious, hard-working, focused
  • Hero: my dad. He came from the poorest of backgrounds and made an amazing life for me and my siblings. He’s shown me that it’s not about where you start but about where you end up and what you do with the time that you have
  • If I wasn’t a bobsledder: my dream job is to be a house husband looking after my beautiful kids and wonderful wife
  • Career highlights: being on a sled with the best team ever: sliding with John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Stu Benson at the 2014 Olympics was pretty special. Working with those guys makes my whole bobsleigh career one big highlight #MeatWagon