News Archive, Month: July 2015

Tennis ace Alex Walker going for gold at World University Games

11 July 2015

Team Bath MCTA Tennis ace Alex Walker will be going for gold at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday. The University of Bath Business Masters student and partner Darren Walsh have reached the mixed doubles final at the Games, the second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics. After winning their opening two matches in straight sets, Walker and Walsh were given a scare by Poland’s Justyna Jegiolka and Maciej Smola in the...

2,000 children attend STV for Wesport School Games

08 July 2015

The world class facilities of the Sports Training Village welcomed thousands of school pupils on Wednesday (July 8.) when it successfully hosted the West of England Sainsbury's School Games. Pupils from schools across the South West participated in tennis, netball, cricket, athletics, table tennis and volleyball among other sports and were greeted by an opening speech from international athlete Lesley Owusu. Owusu, 37, is a consultant and motivational speaker on top of her athletics career...

Alex Walker serves up doubles win at World University Games

08 July 2015

Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Alex Walker got her World University Games mixed doubles campaign off to a solid start in Gwangju, South Korea on Wednesday. The University of Bath Business Masters student teamed up with Darren Walsh to beat Dahilmar Saez and Jhonnel Figueroa of Venezuela 6-4 6-2. Next up for Walker and Walsh is a second-round tie against Indonesia’s Jessy Rompies and Nur Iswan on Thursday. Shooter Kristian Callaghan missed out on a...

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The Rugby World Cup is coming to Bath – help us welcome it in style

07 July 2015

The Rugby World Cup is coming to the University of Bath next week – and people are being encouraged to welcome the famous trophy in spectacular style. Local people of all ages are being invited to celebrate the Webb Ellis Cup’s arrival at the Sports Training Village by taking part in a televised flash-mob dance. The routine – choreographed by Fleur Hoefkens and Dan Martin – has an Antipodean feel to it in honour of...

Shooter Kristian Callaghan aiming for improvement at World University Games

07 July 2015

Shooter Kristian Callaghan lies 16th after the first stage of qualifying in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol competition at the World University Games. The University of Bath Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering student, a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist in the event, scored 278 points on Tuesday. The top six overall after Wednesday’s second qualifying round go through to Friday’s final, with TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) scholar Callaghan looking to make up an eight-point deficit. A...

Jay Lelliott won 400m gold at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju

Gold and silver for Bath swimmer Jay Lelliott at World University Games

06 July 2015

University of Bath swimmer Jay Lelliott produced a stunning swim to win 400m freestyle gold for Britain at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. The Sports Performance student, who trains with coach Mark Skimming in the London 2012 Legacy Pool at the Sports Training Village, won a thrilling battle with Australia’s Jack McLoughlin by four-hundredths of a second. The pair exchanged the lead several times during Monday’s final but it was Lelliott who...

Ben Fletcher wins first-ever Judo Grand Prix medal in Mongolia

06 July 2015

Team Bath Judo Club’s Ben Fletcher said he “couldn’t be happier” after winning his first-ever Grand Prix medal in Mongolia. Fletcher, coached by Juergen Klinger at the Sports Training Village, also secured 120 Olympic qualification points to boost his hopes of reaching Rio 2016. “My first-ever Grand Prix medal – a really good day and performance,” he tweeted. “Couldn’t be happier.” And there was a gold medal for University of Bath graduate Gemma Gibbons who...

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Two golds and a silver as hurdlers impress at British Athletics Championships

06 July 2015

Jack Houghton, pictured, claimed a confidence-boosting 400m hurdles silver medal when University of Bath-based athletes competed at the British Championships in Birmingham over the weekend. The Biology student, coached by Colin Bovell at the Sports Training Village, finished runner-up to defending champion Niall Flannery in 50.60 but was ahead of former World Champion Dai Greene. “It was a really strong performance by Jack,” said Bovell. “He just missed out qualifying for the European U23 Championships...

Samantha Murray finished fifth at the 2015 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Berlin

“Perfect” finish earns Samantha Murray a top-five place at World Championships

05 July 2015

Samantha Murray fought right to the very end in scorching 38 degree to finish a fine fifth in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships women’s final in Berlin, Germany. The University of Bath graduate went into the event as defending champion and made a fantastic start to the day, setting the joint quickest time in the swim. However, the fencing was all too reminiscent of Friday’s frustrations for Pentathlon GB’s men in their final as Murray...

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Wimbledon dreams are over after battling doubles defeats for Team Bath MCTA aces

04 July 2015

Grand Slam-seeking Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands proved too strong for Team Bath MCTA Tennis ladies’ doubles pairing Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae at Wimbledon on Saturday. And Marcus Daniell – who also trains at the University of Bath – saw his men’s doubles campaign ended by Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner despite a battling performance. Safarova and Mattek-Sands, who have already won the Australian and French Open titles this year, beat the British Federation...

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