University of Bath students and staff took the opportunity to pay tribute to athletes linked to the University who won medals at London 2012.
Hundreds of students and staff attended the London 2012 medallists celebration event held at the Founders Hall.
They included Sports Technology graduate Heather Stanning, who learned to row at the University and won Britain’s first gold medal of the Games in the women’s pair. Heather, who serves in the British Army, partnered Helen Glover in the crew that became the first GB women to win Olympic rowing gold.
French and Politics student Samantha Murray is now back at her studies after winning modern pentathlon silver at the London 2012 Olympics – Britain’s last medal of the Games.
Natural Sciences graduate Alexandra Rickham returned to the University from which she graduated in 2004 with the bronze medal she won in the SKUD 18 sailing at the Paralympic Games. Paul Blake, who is coached by Rob Ellchuk, brought along the silver and bronze medals he won in the T36 400m and 800m respectively.
Sports Performance graduate Katrina Hart brought her relay bronze and swimmer Liz Johnson brought the bronze that completed the full set – she already has a gold from Beijing and a silver from Athens.
Each of the athletes were greeted with a cheer as they were welcomed on to the stage by Bernie Morley, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and Chris Clements, Students’ Union President.
Chris then carried out brief interviews with each of the athletes.
Afterwards there was time for students and staff to meet the athletes and collect a few autographs.