News Archive, Month: May 2015

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will represent the GB Rowing Team at the 2015 European Championships in Poznan

International challenges await University of Bath rowers past and present

14 May 2015

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will be looking to win their first European Championship title together when they represent the GB Rowing Team in Poznan, Poland later this month. And Vicky Thornley will form an eye-catching double scull crew with Olympic champion Katherine Grainger, who is making her first international appearance since London 2012. Glover and University of Bath Sports Technology graduate Stanning are the reigning Olympic and World Champions in the women’s pair. However,...

Stacey Francis tweeted this picture of England Netball celebrating their 3-0 series whitewash of Trinidad & Tobago in May 2015

Stacey Francis makes winning return as England Netball seal Series whitewash of Trinidad & Tobago

12 May 2015

Stacey Francis made a winning return to action as the Team Bath Netball defender helped England wrap up a 3-0 series whitewash of Trinidad & Tobago. Francis missed the last month of the Superleague season and the first two matches of the Test series while she recovered from a knee injury. But she showed she is back to fitness by playing the full 60 minutes of Monday night’s emphatic 69-36 victory at the Echo Arena...

Jazmin Sawyers celebrates silver (Frank Augstein/AP/Press Association Images)

Long jumper Jazmin Sawyers is streets ahead at Great City Games in Manchester

11 May 2015

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Jazmin Sawyers leapt to an impressive victory when several University of Bath-based athletes competed in the Great City Games on Saturday. Sawyers saved the best until last in the women’s long jump competition, staged on the streets of Manchester city centre, by clearing 6.44m into a head-wind to beat Holland’s Dafne Schippers by 4cm. She tweeted: “Chuffed to bits to win. Love the street athletics set-up, crowd was so much...

Olympic bobsleigh pilot Paula Walker announces retirement

08 May 2015

Double Olympian Paula Walker has announced her retirement from bobsleigh. The 29-year-old, who trained at the University of Bath, piloted Britain to 11th place at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and 12th at Sochi 2014. She gave birth to daughter Poppy later that year and is set to marry fellow British Bobsleigh pilot John Jackson, so Walker is retiring to focus on her family. “It's been a very tough decision to leave the...

Sam Cook in action for England Netball during their 65-42 victory over Trinidad & Tobago at the Sports Training Village. PICTURE: David Roper

Sam Cook helps England Netball to big win over Trinidad & Tobago at University of Bath

07 May 2015

Team Bath Netball defender Sam Cook helped England make a dream start to their Test series against Trinidad & Tobago in front of a large and noisy crowd at the University of Bath. Cook started at goal-keeper for Wednesday’s series opener and formed an effective defensive partnership with Sonia Mkoloma – making her first international appearance in four years – as England won 65-42 in a televised encounter. Former Team Bath players Sara Bayman and...

England Netball set off on road to World Cup at University of Bath

06 May 2015

The road to the Netball World Cup starts at the University of Bath on Wednesday night when England take on Trinidad & Tobago. The first encounter in a three-match Test series will get under way at the Sports Training Village at 7.15pm and will be televised on Sky Sports. Team Bath Netball defenders Sam Cook and Stacey Francis will both be looking to impress interim England coach Tracey Neville as the countdown to this summer’s...

(From left) Frasier Christie, Alex Wilding, coach Dan Harris, Sam Courty, Nick Bell and Ben Jackson with the medals from the 2015 BUCS Regatta

Four medals for University of Bath rowers at BUCS Regatta

06 May 2015

There was a gold, a silver and two bronze medals for University of Bath rowers as they continued their impressive 2015 form at the BUCS Regatta, staged at Nottingham Water Sports Centre. Mechanical Engineering student Alex Wilding and Ben Jackson, who is studying Sport & Exercise Science won the men’s intermediate double scull final in 7:53.94 to finish six seconds clear of the field. They then teamed up with Nick Bell and Frazier Christie to...

The University of Bath team at the 2015 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships

Championship record for Kirsten McAslan and Bath hurdles one-two are highlights of brilliant BUCS Athletics weekend

05 May 2015

Kirsten McAslan set a new 400m championship record and there was a 400m hurdles one-two for Jack Houghton and Jacob Paul during an excellent weekend for University of Bath students at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships. There were also gold medals for Dave King, Ellie Davies and Josh Olawore plus individual silvers for Bethany Close and Clare Maurer as Bath finished a strong fifth in the overall rankings at Bedford. Colin Bovell, head track and...

Eilidh Child, Anyika Onuora, Kelly Massey and Seren Bundy-Davies won bronze at the 2015 IAAF World Relays

Eilidh Child helps GB set Rio 2016 standard at IAAF World Relays in Bahamas

05 May 2015

Eilidh Child hailed her “brilliant” Great Britain team-mates after earning a 4x400m bronze medal and Rio 2016 Olympic qualification at the IAAF World Relays. The University of Bath-based athlete ran the first leg in the Bahamas as GB finished a fine third behind strong teams from the United States and Jamaica. "I am just really proud of how we performed out there,” said Child, who was joined in the British quartet by Anyika Onuora, Kelly...

Angus Pedersen nets GB badminton call-up for World University Games in Gwangju

01 May 2015

Badminton player Angus Pedersen has capped a memorable first year at the University of Bath by being named in the Great Britain squad for the World University Games in South Korea. The Chemical Engineering student – who has won a host of medals since joining Pete Bush’s training group in September – is looking forward to representing his country at the Games, taking place in Gwangju from July 3-14. “It was really surprising to get...

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