Rugby players, footballers and judo players feature in the latest batch of University of Bath-based athletes selected to represent Great Britain at this summer’s World University Games in Russia.
Mason, a Sport and Exercise Science graduate, is one of four members of the squad for Kazan who featured in the British team that won last year’s World University Championships in France.
Wilson-Hardy is studying Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University and Fleming is a Coach Education and Sports Development graduate.
A University of Bath student and a graduate feature in the feature in the 20-strong women’s football squad for Kazan.
Angharad James is a senior Welsh international player currently studying on the Sport and Social Science programme at the University. She receives a Trendell Sports Scholarship.
Grace McCatty is a Coach Education and Sports Development graduate and helped the British women’s team win bronze at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade. She has also played for England at under-23 level.
Both defenders are on the books of Bristol Academy WFC.
A trio of Bath-based judo players also feature in the four-strong GB team for Kazan. Tom Reed and Andrew Burns are both University of Bath graduates
Reed, a Business Administration graduate, won bronze at the Pan-American Open Argentina in March. He goes at under-81kg. Burns, a Coach Education and Sports Development graduate, won gold last year’s World Cup in Belarus and fights in the under-90kg class.
The pair train at the University of Bath along with Megan Fletcher, who is the sole GB woman judo player competing in Kazan. Fletcher, who goes at under-70kg, won her first senior British Championships title in January.
Reed and Fletcher both contested the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
There’s also a place in the GB team for former Team Bath MCTA academy player Daniel Cochrane. Cochrane, who is studying at Auburn University in Alabama, the USA, plays at his second successive World University Games. Last year he won the men’s doubles title at the All-American Championships, one of the biggest wins in Auburn tennis history.
Andy Hibbert, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Bath and Chef de Mission of the British team for Kazan, said: “It’s great to see so many University of Bath students and graduates in the British team for the World University Games.
“Bath athletes have a great track record at the Games, which provide a opportunity for talented young athletes to compete alongside and against some of the best young athletes in the world.”
Athletes from some 170 countries are expected to compete at the 2013 World University Games, which run from 5 to 17 July.
University of Bath athletes have an excellent track record competing at recent World University Games.
Jess Dickons won gold in the 200m butterfly gold at the last Games in Shenzhen, China two years ago. Gary Warren (PGCE in Education) and Hector Mackie (Sports Performance) were members of the silver medal winning GB men’s football team.
In 2009, shortly after graduating in Sports Performance, Gemma Gibbons, won judo bronze at the World University Games in Belgrade. She went on to win Olympic silver for Great Britain at London 2012.
Grace McCatty (Coach Education & Sports Development) and Lauren Wells (Sport and Exercise Science) helped the GB women’s football team to bronze in Belgrade.
University of Bath students and graduates who are representing Great Britain at the Games are eligible to receive funding from the University’s Elite Athlete Support Fund, which is kindly donated by the University Alumni.
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