Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games
New challenges ahead for stars of London 2012
Athletes with University of Bath links made their mark at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning home with an impressive haul of medals.
Many of them are now preparing for the major sporting challenges ahead in the remainder of 2013 and 2014.
Join us as we follow the progress of University of Bath-based athletes as they battle to secure qualification for the major competitions in 2013 and 2014.
The University of Bath also aims to build on its reputation as a world-leading centre for teams to prepare for major international competitions by hosting teams in the build up to Glasgow 2014.
This summer Bath will host the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games for the first time, with most of the 12-sport event taking place at the University of Bath. The Games run from 28 August to 1 September.
London 2012 – a once in a lifetime experience
Some 25 athletes who train at the University were selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games across seven sports, with six athletes selected for the Paralympic Games across three sports.
University of Bath students Michael Jamieson (200m breaststroke) and Samantha Murray (modern pentathlon) both brought silver medals back to Bath from the Olympics.
And there were further Olympics successes with graduate Heather Stanning and partner Helen Glover, who learned to row on the GB Rowing Team’s Start programme, becoming the first British rowers to win Olympic gold.
You can read a full Olympic round-up on our website.
There was more success to come at the Paralympic Games, when Bath-based athletes brought home five medals. Paul Blake’s silver and bronze medals on the track in the Olympic Stadium were the pick of the performances.
Bath turned out in force to mark the athletes’ London 2012 achievements, with thousands of people lining the city’s streets to cheer on athletes on an open-top bus tour through the city, and with staff and students turning out at the University to attend a medallists’ celebration event. You can relive memories of the bus tour on Team Bath TV.
The University of Bath was also proud to host a range of teams in the lead up to London 2012, including being the main Paralympics GB preparation camps building up to the Games. We also hosted the Chinese swimming team and Malaysian badminton team’s final Olympic preparations.
An impressive track record
The Team Bath family is always delighted when athletes achieve their goals.
Many athletes have won Olympic, Paralympic World, European and Commonwealth medals and titles from the training base at the University of Bath.
Read An impressive track record of success for further details of past successes achieved by Bath based athletes.