World University medals and Rio 2016 qualification celebrated in latest Athlete of the Month awards

20 October 2015

World University Games medallists Jay Lelliott and Alex Walker, and modern pentathletes Kate French and Joe Choong 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.

Swimmer Lelliott and tennis player Walker took the July honours after representing both Britain and the University of Bath with distinction at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

Sports Performance student Lelliott, who is coached by Mark Skimming and supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship, produced outstanding performances to win 400m freestyle gold and 800m freestyle silver.

Walker, a Masters graduate in Business, reached the final of the mixed doubles tournament with Darren Walsh and narrowly missed out on gold to a pairing from Belarus. The British duo were coached by Barry Scollo, Director of Tennis with Team Bath MCTA.

The August awards went to Pentathlon GB’s French and Choong after both achieved the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification standard when the University of Bath staged the Modern Pentathlon European Championships.

Sports Performance graduate French, who finished eighth overall in the women’s final, was also part of the British trio that won team gold.

Joe Choong was named as Team Bath athlete of the month for August 2015
Joe Choong was named as Team Bath athlete of the month for August 2015

Mathematics student Choong, supported by an Ivor Powell Scholarship, became the first British male so far to set the Olympic qualification standard when he finished seventh at the European Championships.

“It was quite a surprise to win this award, I wasn’t expecting it,” he said.

“It just goes to show how well the University is set up as a model for sport. Not only do I train with the best pentathletes in the country, I get to see and work with other top athletes.

“There are swimmers training here that I watched at the Olympics and have admired for years, so when they come up and say well done it means so much.”

Each of the winners receives a piece of REVO Eyewear from the Ellis & Killpartrick store in New Bond Street, Bath.

Tyron Dawkins, Brand Manager for REVO, said: “It was a pleasure to meet these outstandingly talented individuals who have enjoyed such tremendous results.

“A massive congratulations to them from REVO, Menrad Optics UK and Ellis & Killpartrick Opticians.”

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Top picture: (From left) REVO Brand Manager Tyron Dawkins, Kate French, Jay Lelliott, Alex Walker and Greg Sharp, Deputy Director of Sport at the University of Bath

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