News Archive, Month: July 2012

Sled honoured to make history for Nauru

21 July 2012

Sled Dowabobo said he will be honoured to make history by becoming the first judo player to represent the tiny Pacific island of Nauru at an Olympic Games. Sled has been completing his final preparations for his Olympic debut at London 2012 at the University of Bath. He is one of three judo players from three different continents who will compete in the under-73kg class at London 2012 who prepared for the Games in Bath....

Chinese swimmers make final London 2012 preparations at the University of Bath

21 July 2012

China’s top swimmers, including double world champion Sun Yang, have been finalising their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the University of Bath. The group of 24 Chinese swimmers have been training at the University’s Sports Training Village for just over two weeks and transfer to Olympic Village on Monday (23 July). They include the four swimmers who won all five of China’s gold medals at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai. Lu...

Libyan swimmer looking forward to London challenge

19 July 2012

Libyan swimmer Sofyan El Gadi is finalising his preparations for his second Olympic Games at the University of Bath. Sofyan has been training at the University since the start of June and leaves Bath on Monday (23 July) to join his Libyan team-mates in the Olympic Village. London 2012 will be Sofyan’s second Olympic Games after he made his Olympic debut in Beijing as a 16-year-old. Sofyan, who holds 11 Libyan national records, said: “I’ve...

Emmanuel Nartley with medal. Photo: Sam Farr

Emmanuel prepares for London 2012 with bronze in Istanbul

17 July 2012

Ghana judo player Emmanuel Nartey’s Olympic preparations have been boosted by winning a medal in his final competition ahead of London 2012. The Team Bath athlete, who also serves in the British Army, makes a piece of history when he becomes the first Ghanaian judo player to compete at an Olympic Games. He warmed up for the biggest competition of his life by winning bronze at the European Cup in Istanbul at the weekend. Emmanuel,...

Lindsey Weedon (right) with Natalya Coyle

Lindsey helps Ireland to the Olympics

11 July 2012

A University of Bath graduate has played a major role in helping Ireland achieve a sporting landmark by qualifying its first modern pentathlete to compete an Olympic Games. Lindsey Weedon is a former British pentathlete and combined training at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath with studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and then an MA in Coach Education and Sports Performance at the University. She had...

Bath quartet selected for London 2012

10 July 2012

Four University of Bath-based athletes were today (Tuesday) named in the ParalympicsGB athletics team to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The quartet includes two reigning world champions – Katrina Hart and Paul Blake – as well as Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games silver medallist Ben Rushgrove. Sophie Kamlish completes the quartet – she turns 16 just before the Paralympic Games. All four are coached at the University by Rob Ellchuk, who is an Economic...

Richard Mantell at World Cup 2006. Photo: Grant Treeby 11/9/2006

Mantell named as GB hockey reserve for Olympics

09 July 2012

University of Bath graduate Richard Mantell has been named as a reserve for the GB men’s hockey team for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Mantell is one of two reserves who can be added to the GB squad if a current member of the 16-strong squad is ruled out through injury or illness. Mantell, now 30, graduated from the University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2004, the year he received a...

Netball trio help GB become World University champions

09 July 2012

The Team Bath trio of Kadeen Corbin, Yasmin Parsons and Mia Ritchie are celebrating helping Great Britain to victory at the inaugural World University Netball Championships. All three University of Bath students featured in a closely contested final as Great Britain beat host nation South Africa 53-49 in Cape Town. Kadeen played the whole of the final at goal keeper, with Mia starting at centre and being replaced by Yasmin later in the game. Kadeen,...

Dai Greene at the hurdles. Photo: Sam Farr

Greene privileged to captain London 2012 athletics team

09 July 2012

University of Bath-based hurdler Dai Greene said it is an ‘incredible privilege’ to be asked to captain the GB athletics team at the London 2012 Olympics Games. Greene is the reigning World, European and Commonwealth champion over 400m hurdles and is aiming to add the Olympic title to his collection. UK Athletics announced today (Monday) that the 26-year-old will take on the captaincy duties of the 78-strong team. It is the second time he has...

Chinese School pupils meet their national Olympic swimming team

06 July 2012

Children from a Chinese school got to meet some of their sporting heroes when they watched a training session with Olympic swimmers from their national team at the University of Bath today (Friday 6 July) Pupils from the Suzhou Foreign Language School in the city of Suzhou near Shanghai have been attending St Gregory’s School in Bath and staying with local families since April. When they found out the Chinese swimming team were training in...

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