News Archive, Month: August 2011

Dai is mystery gymnast

12 August 2011

European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dai Greene featured as the mystery guest in this week’s edition of the hit BBC sports quiz programme Question of Sport. Greene, who is coached at the University of Bath by Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics National Events Coach – Hurdles, swapped the running track for the gymnastics mat for the programme. Greene was filmed training with the GB senior rhythmic gymnastics group, who also train at the Sports Training...

Jess Dickons

Athletes in World University Games action

12 August 2011

Student athletes and recent graduates from the University of Bath are representing Great Britain across a range of sports at the World University Games, which began in Shenzhen, China today (Friday). Footballer Gary Warren, who has just graduated from the University with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, was in the thick of the action on day one of the Games. Warren, who is captaining the men’s football team, scored the opening goal for Team...

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New Performance Gym provides a timely boost to 2012 hopes for Bath athletes

10 August 2011

OLYMPIC and Paralympic hopefuls training in Bath and the South West have been given a boost in their preparations for 2012 with the opening of a new £100,000 Performance Gym dedicated to the requirements of world class athletes at the University of Bath. The new gym has been developed and funded by a partnership between the University, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Sport England, UK Sport and TASS, and will provide priority access to...

Alexandra Rickham (Richard Langdon/ Skandia Team GBR)

Alexandra selected for 2012

09 August 2011

Sailor Alexandra Rickham has become the first University of Bath graduate to be selected to compete at London 2012. The Natural Sciences graduate has been selected to sail for Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She partners Niki Birrell in the Skud 18 keelboat competition. The pair contested the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the same class finishing fifth, the best performance by a British sailing crew at the Games. “It’s great to be...

Six Bath athletes named in GB World Championships team

09 August 2011

Six University of Bath-based athletes, including reigning Commonwealth and European champion hurdler Dai Greene, have been named in the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to compete at the IAAF World Championships in South Korea. Five athletes coached in Bath by Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics National Events Coach – Hurdles, feature in the 67-strong team. Dai Greene, who won 400m hurdles gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships, bids to add the...

Students feature for Bath in sevens tournie

08 August 2011

University of Bath students were out in fordce for the Bath team that just missed out on a place in the grand final of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby Sevens at Twickenham. Five current University of Bath students and three who are due to start in the new academic year featured in Bath's 12-strong squad. Bath won one match out of three, but also picked up two crucial bonus points to eliminate Exeter...

World record for Paul Blake in T36 800m

07 August 2011

University of Bath-based Paralympic athlete Paul Blake set a world record at the London Disability Athletics Grand Prix in Crystal Palace. Blake broke the previous world record held by Artem Arefyev by 0.81 seconds, shaving 2.4 seconds off his own personal best time. He cut the world record to 2:08.02. The twenty-one year old from Dorchester was quite shocked by his time. “I thought it was around the 2:09 mark,” he said, “but was amazed...

Flora wins sailing World Junior Champs silver

03 August 2011

University of Bath Sports Performance student Flora Stewart is celebrating winning silver at sailing’s 470 World Junior Championships. The 19-year-old took silver in the 470 class with partner Anna Burnet. The pair are both members of Skandia Team GBR’s Transitional squad and Flora receives support from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). The pair won the women’s medal race at the end of the week-long regatta and finished second overall behind the German crew of...

Cooke and Prentice achieve 2012 qualification standard

01 August 2011

University of Bath-based athletes Jamie Cooke and Freyja Prentice have become the first British modern pentathletes to achieve the qualifying standard to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Cooke achieved the qualifying standard by finishing fourth at the European Championships at Medway Park in Kent on Saturday (30 July). The 20-year-old’s performances included setting a world record for the modern pentathlon 200m freestyle. And Prentice followed that up by finishing eighth in the women’s...

Victoria Thornley

01 August 2011

Sport / Event: Rowing Date and Place of Birth: 30 November 1987, St Asaph, Wales Height: 192cm Biography: Rowing world championship medallists Victoria Thornley and Helen Glover on 6 June became the first athletes discovered through Talent ID programme Sporting Giants to be selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. Launched by five-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave in 2007, the first UK Sport and English Institute of Sport (EIS) Talent ID campaign sought...

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