News Archive, Month: March 2015

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500 days to go – University of Bath-based athletes start countdown to Rio 2016 Olympic Games

24 March 2015

It is exactly 500 days until the 2016 Olympic Games get under way – and elite athletes at the University of Bath are starting to map out their road to Rio. Nearly 40 athletes who train or trained at the Sports Training Village competed at London 2012 and hopes are high for another big Bath representation when the Olympic cauldron is next lit on August 5, 2016. Nick Woodbridge knows exactly what it is like...

More than 100 youngsters enjoyed a Team Bath MCTA Tennis fun day in March 2015

Team Bath MCTA Tennis coach Tom Ellis wins Aegon LTA national award after fun day success

24 March 2015

Team Bath MCTA Tennis coach Tom Ellis has been named as Aegon LTA National Coach of the Month for March after helping to deliver another highly-successful fun day at the University of Bath. More than 100 pupils in Reception and Year 1 from schools across Bath and Wiltshire attended Saturday’s free event at the International High Performance Centre, learning racket skills and practising agility, balance and coordination drills. Twelve LTA coaches delivered the sessions and...

Team Bath Netball 37 Manchester Thunder 40, March 2015 (Picture: David Roper)

Terrific Team Bath Netball make champions Manchester Thunder dig deep for tenth Superleague win

23 March 2015

It may have ended in a 40-37 defeat but Team Bath Netball produced their best performance of the Superleague season to give defending champions Manchester Thunder an almighty scare at a highly-charged Sports Training Village on Monday. Jess Thirlby’s team went toe to toe with the runaway leaders throughout an enthralling contest, winning the first quarter and mounting a thrilling comeback in the last period as Thunder were forced to dig deep for a tenth...

England netballers beat Australia at the Sports Training Village

Tickets on sale for England Netball World Cup warm-up at Sports Training Village

23 March 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the England Netball international against Trinidad & Tobago at the University of Bath. The match at the Sports Training Village on Wednesday, May 6 (7.15pm) will be England’s first World Cup preparation fixture. The three-test series against Trinidad & Tobago also includes matches at London’s Copper Box Arena on May 8 and the Echo Arena in Liverpool on May 11. Click here to purchase tickets. Team Bath Netball continue...

Freyja Prentice of Pentathlon GB

Freyja Prentice wins bronze for Pentathlon GB at World Cup in Cairo

23 March 2015

Freyja Prentice became the third British woman to stand on a Modern Pentathlon World Cup podium this season as she won bronze in Cairo, Egypt. The University of Bath biology graduate was seventh going into the final combined run-shoot event but battled her way through the field to take third place in a thrilling finish. Prentice’s medal adds to the gold and bronze won by Pentathlon GB team-mates Samantha Murray and Kate French respectively at...

Lloyd Wallace (left) won a silver medal at the Europa Cup Aerials at Valmalenco, Italy

Second medal helps freestyle skier Lloyd Wallace claim overall Europa Cup Aerials podium place

23 March 2015

Freestyle skier Lloyd Wallace will go into this week’s World Junior Championships with confidence soaring after finishing second overall on the Europa Cup Aerials circuit. The 20-year-old University of Bath Sports Performance student followed up his historic first-ever gold medal for a British athlete by winning silver in Valmalenco, Italy on Friday. He once again nailed two near-perfect triple twisting double somersaults as he finished runner-up to Stan Hladchenko of Belarus. “I’m so pumped –...

England netballers beat Australia at the Sports Training Village

England Netball to play World Cup warm-up international at University of Bath

20 March 2015

The University of Bath will once again play host to international netball when England begin their World Cup preparations with a three-match series against Trinidad & Tobago in May. The opening encounter will take place at the Sports Training Village – home of Team Bath Netball – on Wednesday, May 6 (7.15pm). The teams meet again two days later at the Copper Box Arena in London before the series concludes at the Echo Arena in...

Nick Woodbridge and Mhairi Spence launch ticket sales for the 2015 Modern Pentathlon European Championships

Olympians call on people of Bath to turn out in force for 2015 Modern Pentathlon European Championships

20 March 2015

Olympians Mhairi Spence and Nick Woodbridge have called on the people of Bath – “our home city” – to turn out in force and back their bid for Rio qualification at this summer’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships. The major international competition, featuring more than 100 elite athletes from across the continent, is being staged at the University of Bath Sports Training Village from August 18-23, with tickets now on sale from as little as £1...

Team Bath Buccaneers celebrate after winning the 2014-15 Men's Conference West title

Team Bath Buccaneers celebrate title win as trio receive England Hockey call-ups

17 March 2015

Team Bath Buccaneers were crowned as NOW:Pensions Men’s Conference West champions to cap a memorable week which saw three of their players receive England age-group call-ups. Matt Ming, a first-year Natural Sciences student at the University of Bath, and Liam Sanford have been named in the under-21 squad for matches against Scotland from April 14-16. And youth keeper Toby Reynolds-Cotterill will gain more international experience this Easter after being named in the England under-18 squad...

Chris Walker-Hebborn (Photo: Sam Farr)

Swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn awarded European silver medal after Russian Vitaly Melnikov receives doping ban

17 March 2015

University of Bath-based swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn has been awarded a European Short-Course Championships silver medal after a Russian opponent was given a doping ban. The 24-year-old – who is coached by Dave McNulty and Graeme Antwhistle at the National Training Centre, based in the Sports Training Village – finished joint-third in the 100m backstroke behind Vitaly Melnikov at the championships in December 2013. However, Melnikov tested positive for banned substance EPO and has now received...

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