Mayor of Bath pays tribute to Commonwealth Games athletes

03 December 2010

Mayor of Bath Councillor Shaun McGall has paid tribute to Bath-based athletes who competed at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The Mayor hosted a civic reception for athletes in the historic surroundings of the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.

Athletes who train at the University of Bath and represented England, Scotland and Wales in Delhi attended the reception. They brought a fine collection of Commonwealth Games medals along with them.

The Mayor said: “I wanted to pay tribute to all of the athletes associated with Bath who competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“It’s really important that we keep up the profile of the Commonwealth Games, which are known as the friendly Games. The home nations did fantastically well and it was also great to see so many athletes who train at the University of Bath competing at the Games and bringing home medals.

“It’s great to have the University of Bath in the city and that the University continues to invest in its sports facilities.”

Two Delhi 2010 gold medallists who train at the University attended the reception  – Dai Greene, who won gold for Wales the 400m hurdles gold, and Sports Performance student Katrina Hart, who took gold for England in the T37 100m.

Greene and Hart were joined by fellow track and field athletes Lawrence Clarke and Holly Rush (both England), swimmers Michael Jamieson (Scotland), Jess Dickons and Andrew Willis (both England), hockey player Emma Batten (Wales) and netballer Pamela Cookey (England). City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club athletes Francesca Fox and Lynne Hutchison, who competed for England, also attended.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath and winner of four badminton gold medals for England from the three Commonwealth Games between 1982 and 1990, said:  “We really appreciated the Mayor of Bath taking the time to recognise the efforts and achievements of the many athletes from Bath who competed in Delhi. “

Martin Rush, a former Commonwealth Games athlete and a member of England’s athletics coaching team, and Dave McNulty, head coach of the British Swimming Intensive Training Centre in Bath, a member of England’s coaching team in Delhi, also attended the reception.

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