News Archive, Month: September 2015

Team Bath Netball's Rachel Shaw poses for an image promoting the Super Saturday match against Surrey Storm

Champs await Team Bath Netball on Super Saturday and in home tournament

23 September 2015

Team Bath Netball will get their 2016 Vitality Superleague campaign under way against defending champions Surrey Storm during a ground-breaking Super Saturday event featuring all eight franchises. Four matches – all televised live on Sky Sports – will be played during an action-packed day at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday, January 30, culminating in the prime-time showdown between five-time Superleague champions Team Bath and the current title holders (8pm). It won’t be the first...

Stacey Francis

Team Bath Netball thank England star Stacey Francis for outstanding service

22 September 2015

Team Bath Netball have thanked Stacey Francis for ten outstanding years of loyal service after the England defender confirmed she would be joining Yorkshire Jets for the 2016 Vitality Superleague season. Francis was Team Bath’s longest serving player, having joined the franchise back in 2005, and was a key performer in all five of the Blue and Gold’s Superleague victories. She was the youngest member of the squad to win the inaugural Superleague in 2006,...

Piers Gilliver

Piers Gilliver wins epee silver at Wheelchair Fencing World Championships

21 September 2015

Piers Gilliver continued his medal-laden year by winning silver at the 2015 Wheelchair Fencing World Championships in Eger, Hungary. And it was mighty close to gold for Gilliver, who began training full-time at the University of Bath this year, as he was edged out 15-14 by China’s Gang Sun in a thrilling A Category men’s epee final. Sun took the sole automatic qualifying place available for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games but Gilliver is well...

Paul Blake and Sophie Kamlish have been selected for the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha

Paul Blake and Sophie Kamlish named in British team for IPC World Championships

18 September 2015

University of Bath-based athletes Paul Blake and Sophie Kamlish have been named in a 48-strong British Athletics team for next month’s IPC World Championships in Doha. Blake has won gold medals at the last two championships – in New Zealand in 2011, where he took the T36 400m title, and in France in 2013 where he produced a stunning performance to take the 800m crown. The double Paralympic medallist will once again compete over both...

The University of Bath's men faced Repton School in a pre-season match, September 2015

University hockey players warm up for new season with tough school test

18 September 2015

The 2015/16 academic year may still be a week away but the University of Bath’s hockey players are already back in training ahead of the new BUCS season. Freshers and returning students have arrived on campus early to be put through their paces by Jody Paul, the University’s Head Hockey Coach. As part of their first training week, the men’s and women’s teams took on teams from Repton School in Derbyshire – one of the...

Lizzy Yarnold to take competition break from skeleton to recharge for Olympic title defence

17 September 2015

Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is taking a season-long break from competition but will return to skeleton in the hope of becoming the first slider and the first British Winter Olympian to defend her title in PyeongChang in 2018. Yarnold, who trains with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association at the University of Bath, made history this year when she won the World and European Championships to complete a career Grand Slam of skeleton titles, having...

Kristan Bromley and Shelley Rudman

Skeleton innovator and champion Dr Kristan Bromley announces retirement

16 September 2015

The University of Bath has paid tribute to former skeleton World Champion Dr Kristan Bromley, who has announced his retirement from competition. Bromley both trained and worked at the University and was a pioneer in sled design technology during his time as a Research Officer in Engineering & Applied Science from 2002 to 2006. He was involved in producing the sled on which Alex Coomber won a historic bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic...

Dan Bethell and Bobby Griffin won four medals between them at the 2015 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Aylesbury

Fantastic four medals for Team Bath Futures duo at Para-Badminton World Championships

16 September 2015

Dan Bethell and Bobby Griffin won four medals between them at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Aylesbury. The duo – who train weekly with Team Bath Futures and Peter Bush, Head Badminton Coach at the University – both competed in the Standing events. Former European Champion Bethell, who has cerebral palsy, reached the semi-finals of the SL3 singles competition and took the first set off Pramod Bhagat. However, the Indonesian hit back to win a...

Australia training at the University of Bath ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Wallabies start Rugby World Cup warm-up at “wonderful” University of Bath

15 September 2015

Captain Stephen Moore has praised the "terrific facilities" at the University of Bath after two-time Rugby World Cup winners Australia staged their first training session at the Team Base on Tuesday. The Wallabies, led by Head Coach Michael Cheika, were put through their paces on one of the Sports Training Village’s outstanding outdoor pitches in the morning. Star names such as full-back Israel Falou, winger Matt Giteau and flankers David Pocock and Michael Hooper then...

Anna Stembridge (left) and Jess Thirlby (right)

Former England coach Anna Mayes reignites Team Bath Netball coaching partnership with Jess Thirlby

15 September 2015

Anna Mayes (now Anna Stembridge) and Jess Thirlby are set to reunite in a strong coaching line-up announced today by Team Bath Netball’s 2015-2016 Vitality Superleague franchise. Stembridge joins the Carter Jonas-backed University of Bath-based franchise as Head Coach whilst Thirlby steps into the role of Director of Netball. The duo will form the main coaching team, with Thirlby (pictured, right) appearing on the bench alongside Mayes (left) on match days. Other technical and guest...

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