News Archive, Month: April 2015

Fantastic four through to women’s final at Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Hungary

30 April 2015

All four of Pentathlon GB’s women are through to the final of World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary after impressive performances in Thursday’s qualifying round. University of Bath graduates Samantha Murray, pictured, and Mhairi Spence – World Champions in 2014 and 2012 respectively – were in fine form in Group C and sat first and second after the fencing and swimming disciplines. They then eased through the combined run/shoot, with Murray eventually taking spot with...

‘Incredible’ London 2012 Legacy Pool successfully launched at STV

30 April 2015

The STV's newly installed 50m Legacy pool has been described as "fantastic" and "incredible" by some of its first users. Pentathlon GB athletes - based at the STV - were the very first swimmers to use the new Sport England-funded facilities - the redevelopment of which recent World Cup winner Jamie Cooke said "looks amazing". He said: “They have done a fantastic job with the refurbishment; it looks amazing and it was great to dive...

(Back, from left) Eleanor Furneaux, Marcus Wyatt, Tim Hull, Brogan Crowley, (front) Madelaine Smith, Chris Gray, Craig Thompson and Kim Murray are in the new Talent Squad

Meet the next generation of British Skeleton stars aiming to emulate Amy Williams and Lizzy Yarnold

30 April 2015

Eight sliders with dreams of emulating Olympic champions Amy Williams and Lizzy Yarnold have been named in British Skeleton’s new talent squad. University of Bath student Madelaine Smith and Sport & Exercise Science graduate Kim Murray are among the elite group who successfully came through a Power2Podium talent search which attracted more than 1,000 applicants. Also in the squad – who have recently returned from their first six weeks of ice training in Norway, Austria...

Mhairi Spence in training in the London 2012 Legacy Pool. PICTURE: Clare Green

Mhairi Spence makes World Cup return as Pentathlon GB athletes head for Hungary

29 April 2015

Mhairi Spence will be looking to stake her claim for a place at this summer’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships at the University of Bath when she makes her World Cup return this week. The 2012 World Champion, a Coach Education and Sports Development graduate who has trained at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre in Bath for 12 years, is in an eight-strong British squad for World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary. It is her first...

Paris pistes await as fencer Chris Hay gets first Great Britain World Cup call

28 April 2015

University of Bath fencer Chris Hay will make his senior World Cup debut for Great Britain in Paris this weekend. The Biology student, who helped Bath Sword Club win team bronze at the Beazley British Championships last week, will compete in the epee discipline at the Challenge RFF-Trophée Monal. “I’m looking forward to it,” said Hay, who receives a Santander Sports Scholarship and is supported by the university’s Dual Career programme. “It will be a...

Team Bath Netball end-of-season awards dinner 2015. PICTURES: David Roper

Sam Cook, Shaunagh Craig and Rachel Shaw win awards at Team Bath Netball end-of-season dinner

27 April 2015

Sam Cook, Shaunagh Craig and Rachel Shaw were the main award winners when Team Bath Netball staged their end-of-season dinner on Sunday. All three made strong comebacks from serious injury during the 2015 Superleague campaign, with Craig and Shaw receiving the endeavour award from head coach Jess Thirlby for their determination to rebuild their careers. Popular goal-shooter Craig, who works with schools and clubs in the community, was named as supporters’ player of the year...

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500 days to go – athletes start countdown to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

26 April 2015

Athletes at the University of Bath are stepping up their preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which will get under way in exactly 500 days time. Ben Rushgrove knows exactly what it is like to be at this stage of the four-year Paralympic cycle, having won T37 100m silver at Beijing 2008 and 200m bronze at London 2012. However, having lost his funding after a disappointing 2014, the 500 days ahead offer a new...

Athlete of the Month awards for February and Match 2015

Fantastic four named as latest Athletes of the Month

24 April 2015

Modern pentathlete Jamie Cooke, athlete Kirsten McAslan, aerial skier Lloyd Wallace and skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold are the latest winners of the Team Bath athlete of the month awards. The awards, which are supported by REVO Eyewear and Ellis & Killpartrick, once again showcased the outstanding calibre of sporting talent at the University of Bath. Cooke and McAslan won the February awards after enjoying success at home and abroad. A gold medal at the Sarasota World Cup...

University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell presents Chris Hotchen with the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year award. PICTURE: Mervyn Clingan / Taking Pictures

Chris Hotchen named Sports Personality of the Year at annual Blues Awards

24 April 2015

Chris Hotchen was named as the University of Bath’s Sports Personality of the Year during a great night for badminton at the annual Blues Awards ceremony. The Chemistry PhD student topped a poll of members of the Students’ Union Sport from a shortlist which also featured rugby player Freddie Clarke, rower Sam Courty and swimmer Jay Lelliott. He was presented with his award by the University of Bath Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, pictured. Red...

Team GB call up Team Bath judoka for Baku 2015 European Games

23 April 2015

Team Bath Judo Club trio Ben Fletcher, Megan Fletcher and Gemma Howell have been named in a 153-strong Team GB squad for this summer’s inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Team GB will compete across 13 sports and 19 disciplines at Baku 2015 as 50 European nations come together for the continent’s first-ever major multi-sport event from June 12-28. The competition has even more significance for Team Bath’s judoka as it will also double as...

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