News Archive, Month: January 2016

Team Bath showed huge Team spirit

Team Bath Netball produce remarkable Superleague comeback to stun Surrey Storm

30 January 2016

In a scintillating final 15 minutes of netball’s Super Saturday, Team Bath turned a 10 goal deficit into a three goal 47-44 Vitality Superleague win over Surrey Storm. In one of sport’s more remarkable comebacks, the Team Bath squad responded to coach Anna Stembridge’s instructions to simply “get the basics right”. A packed and vocal crowd in Birmingham’s Genting Arena roared the Team Bath players to victory, sensing they might pull off the turn-round when...

Team Bath Netball Superleague squad 2016 - (left to right) Sarah Penny, Sam Cook, Rachel Shaw, Mia Ritchie, Lenize Potgieter, Karla Mostert, Jo Vann, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Amanda Varey, Alana John, Asha Francis, Chelsea Lewis, Shaunagh Craig, Claire Brownie and Jazz Scott.

The dress rehearsal is over

29 January 2016

Team Bath Netball’s leadership team of Jess Thirlby and Anna Stembridge have spoken of their mounting excitement at Saturday’s 2016 Vitality Superleague opener against Surrey Storm to be televised by Sky. “It feels like the dress-rehearsal is over and we are stepping out onto the big stage. This season is going to be so hotly contested, it’s going to be very exciting ”, said Stembridge who is Head Coach of the Carter-Jonas backed Team Bath...

Prince Harry discussed tattoos and tennis on court at University of Bath. Pic: Bryn Vaile, Matchtight Ltd

Prince Harry drops in to watch Invictus Hopefuls

29 January 2016

Prince Harry today dropped in on the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village to watch and support athletes seeking selection to the 100-strong UK team for the 2016 Invictus Games. The Invictus Games Foundation Patron met with serving and veteran servicemen and women who are using sport as part of their recovery. Staff at the Sports Training Village already have expertise in hosting multi-sport and single-sport disabled sports events with the University having been ParalympicsGB’s...

Royal visit marks beginning of Help for Heroes trials at the University of Bath

29 January 2016

Prince Harry will today (January 29) pay a special visit to the University of Bath's Sports Training Village to mark the start of British trials for the Invictus Games, the charity of which he is president. Almost 200 athletes are expected at the STV from January 29-31 when trials across 10 sports, including rowing, swimming and wheelchair rugby, will take place. Competitors will vie to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Invictus Games which will be...

Palmer enters Hall of Fame 20 years after Atlanta medal

28 January 2016

Swimmer Paul Palmer is the latest name to be inducted into the University of Bath’s Sporting Hall of Fame. 2016 marks 20 years since he won his swimming silver at the Atlanta Olympic Games. “Medals were hard to come by then”, said his coach and former Team Bath Head Swimming Coach, Ian Turner.  “Lottery funding wasn’t on tap and some of the things that are now taken for granted, like sports science and nutrition, were...

Skeleton athlete David Swift celebrates after winning his first international gold medal in January 2016

Gold at last for British Skeleton slider David Swift after nine-year wait

28 January 2016

University of Bath-based skeleton athlete David Swift finally enjoyed a golden moment when he registered the first win of his nine-year international career on Wednesday. The 31-year-old beat 42 other sliders to triumph in the penultimate race of the Europa Cup season in St Moritz, boosting his chances of being selected in the GB team for this month’s World Championships. Swift, who has competed in more than 80 senior races, had previously claimed silver and...

Sport scholars from across Europe gather for first-of-its-kind Sports Performance Conference at University of Bath

27 January 2016

More than 200 athletes, coaches and sport specialists flocked from across the UK and Europe on Friday (January 22) to the University of Bath for the Sports Performance Conference organised by Team Bath athlete Eva Piatrikova. The ground-breaking day featured expert talks, analysis and networking focusing on the importance of direct and constructive links between research and performance in sport. Professors from as far as Vrije Universiteit Brussels, the University of Central Lancashire and Loughborough University joined University of...

Director of Sport chosen to sit on two national sports bodies

26 January 2016

Stephen Baddeley, the University of Bath Director of Sport, has been appointed to non-executive positions on two National Governing Bodies for Sport. Baddeley, who joined the University in February 2010, has been elected onto the board of Great Britain Badminton and will sit, from February, on the Council of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), representing the Tennis Foundation where his remit is to represent the interests of the Higher Education sector. The Council of the...

Jay Lelliott and Andrew Willis secure golds as Bath-based swimmers clinch five medals at European event

26 January 2016

University of Bath-based swimmers hauled five medals, including two golds, at the Flanders Speedo Cup on the weekend (January 23-24). Sports Performance student Jay Lelliott caught the eye with a gold and silver medal in the 1500m freestyle and 400m freestyle respectively. After falling just short behind GB rival James Guy in the 400m event on Saturday, Lelliott took revenge on Sunday with a thrilling display in which he finished 15 seconds ahead of second...

GB Bobsleigh set sights on historic medal after World Championships provisional squad announcement

25 January 2016

Great Britain Bobsleigh are targeting a medal at next month's Championships in Austria after narrowly missing out on the past two occasions. GB, who train at the University of Bath's Sports Training Village, finished fifth in the four-man event at the last two global gatherings in 2013 and 2015, missing out on a bronze medal by just 0.07 seconds in St Moritz three years ago. They were similarly close to the podium at the 2014...

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