News Archive, Month: June 2012

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

Siobahn-Marie achieves Olympic qualifying standard

22 June 2012

University of Bath-based teenage swimmer Siobahn-Marie O’Connor produced the performance of her life to achieve the London 2012 Olympic qualifying standard. The 16-year-old produced a stunning swim to take gold in the 100m breaststroke final at the ASA National Championships tonight (Friday). The competition in Sheffield was the final opportunity for Siobahn-Marie to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard and she did it in style with a personal best of  1:08.04. That took her well below...

Hundreds of primary school pupils enjoy multi-skill festivals

22 June 2012

More than 400 pupils from Bath and North East Somerset primary schools have been enjoying multi-skill movement sessions at the University of Bath over the past fortnight. Led by students and coaches, the sessions were delivered in racket, ball, balance and speed skills within the world-leading environment of the Sports Training Village. The festivals have been the culmination of a year of multi-skill delivery in the primary schools themselves delivered by University of Bath graduate...

Chris Walker-Hebborn

Walker-Hebborn secures Olympic nomination

21 June 2012

University of Bath-based swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn became the latest Bath athlete to achieve the London 2012 Olympic qualifying standard when he struck gold at the ASA National Championships tonight (Thursday). Walker-Hebborn won the 200m backstroke final at the championships in Sheffield in a season’s best time of 1:57.17. That was well inside the FINA A qualifying standard time of 1:58.48 and put him ninth in the world rankings. It means Walker-Hebborn, who trains at the...

50m pool at the Sports Training Village

Calling all swimming pool and general Sports Training Village visitors

20 June 2012

Team Bath is delighted to be hosting the final preparations for a number of nations in the exciting build-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer – including over 100 members of the British Paralympic team who will be training on site in late August just before they move to London to compete at the Games. We hope that everyone in Bath, and particularly at the University, can feel a sense of pride in...

Lisa Whybourn

Lisa takes step closer to Wimbledon

19 June 2012

Team Bath-MCTA tennis player Lisa Whybourn was the only British winner at Wimbledon qualifying with a hard fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Sarah Gronert (Ger). Head Coach David Sammel said “Lisa has had a solid month and won 8/12 matches but naturally to take a small step towards Wimbledon is pleasing. Her lead coach Ian Macdonald ‘Macca’ has done a superb job and Lisa is a tougher player due to his work and that...

Olympic Day Run. Photo: Debi Holland

Bath set to celebrate International Olympic Day

19 June 2012

Olympic badminton player Hadia Hosny El Said will officially start the 2012 Olympic Day Run at the University of Bath on Saturday (23 June) – one of the main activities at Team Bath’s Gold Rush open day. 23 June is celebrated around the world as International Olympic Day, when people show their support for the ideals and values of the Olympic movement. Olympic Day Run has taken place at the University of Bath for more...

Louise Hunt

Student Hunt named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012

19 June 2012

University of Bath student Louise Hunt will make her Paralympic Games debut at the London 2012 Games after being named in the British wheelchair tennis team today (Tuesday). The British Paralympic Association named Louise, a Sports Performance student from Swindon, in its 10-strong wheelchair tennis team for London 2012 this morning. Louise, who has just turned 21, is currently ranked number 21 in the world in women’s singles wheelchair tennis rankings and 13th in the...

Chris Walker-Hebborn

A big week of sport as Bath athletes pursue Olympic dreams

19 June 2012

University of Bath based athletes across a range of sports face a big week of action as they aim to pursue their Olympic dreams. Swimmers based at Team Bath have their next opportunity to qualify berths on the GB Olympic team when they compete at the British Gas ASA Nationals in Sheffield. The Nationals get underway tomorrow (Wednesday) and conclude on Saturday (23 June). Some 37 GB athletes – including the Bath-based trio of Michael...

Melanie South

Wimbledon qualifying wildcards for Team Bath players

14 June 2012

Team Bath’s Melanie South, fresh from her close encounter with former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic in Birmingham this week, has been awarded a wildcard for the Wimbledon qualifying competition. South, who took Jankovic to a tie-break second set at the Aegon Edgbaston Classic, before going down 1-6, 6-7, will be joined on a potential journey to the world-famous courts of the All-England Club by Team Bath team-mate Samantha Murray. The duo will compete next week...

Melanie South in action at Edgbaston

Melanie South goes out to former World number one

13 June 2012

Melanie South gave former world no.1 Jelena Jankovic a run for her money at the Aegon Edgbaston classic in Birmingham today before going down in their second round match 1-6 6-7 (3). South had two set points in the second set that she was not able to convert. Dave Sammel Team Bath-MCTA Head Coach said 'Mel showed she can really compete with the big-named players today. She should take confidence from this performance and learn...

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