News Archive, Month: May 2016

Joe Evans and Tom Toolis of Pentathlon GB, May 2016

Top-ten finish for pentathletes Joe Evans and Tom Toolis at World Championships

25 May 2016

Joe Evans and University of Bath student Tom Toolis earned a top-ten finish for Pentathlon GB in the men’s relay on day two of the UIPM World Championships in Moscow, Russia. A scintillating time of 1:49.62 in the 200m freestyle swim gave the Brits an early lead but they dropped to sixth after 14 wins and 18 defeats in the fencing salle. The ride was described by Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu as “carnage”...

Players take the plaudits as Team Bath Netball help celebrate sport in South West

24 May 2016

Mia Ritchie, Karla Mostert and Chelsea Lewis were the main winners when Team Bath Netball staged their end-of-season awards dinner in conjunction with the Netball South West Goalden Globes. Influential centre Ritchie, dubbed the Pocket Rocket, picked up both the Coaches’ and Players’ Player of the Year prizes during Sunday’s sell-out event at Somerset CCC in Taunton. Welsh international attacker Lewis received the Endeavour Award and South African defender Mostert was named as the Supporters’...

Amy Wilson Hardy leads the celebrations as England Women finish third at the 2015 Dubai Sevens

Final French test for rugby sevens star Amy Wilson Hardy ahead of Rio 2016

24 May 2016

University of Bath graduate Amy Wilson Hardy will be looking to help the England Women’s rugby sevens team complete their Olympic preparations in style when they compete in France this weekend. The final leg of the World Rugby HSBC Women’s Sevens Series will take place in Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday and Sunday, with England aiming to build on their Cup Final win at the last round in Canada. Wilson Hardy – an Integrated Mechanical and Electrical...

Women's relay silver medallists Joanna Muir and Samantha Murray with head coach Istvan Nemeth

Relay silver gets Pentathlon GB up and running at crucial World Championships

23 May 2016

Samantha Murray and Joanna Muir gave Pentathlon GB an encouraging start to this week’s World Championships in Moscow, Russia as they won silver in the women’s relay competition. The British duo sat in the top three throughout and managed to overhaul a 32-second deficit going into the combined run-shoot to beat the host nation to second place behind a strong Germany combination featuring reigning individual World Champion Lena Schoneborn. Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu...

Back with a bang as hurdler Andrew Pozzi sets Rio 2016 Olympic standard

23 May 2016

Andrew Pozzi ran well inside the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying time as he led a University of Bath one-two in the 110m hurdles at Sunday’s Loughborough International. In his first outdoor race in Britain since the London 2012 Games, Pozzi scorched to a new personal best of 13.32 – comfortably quicker than the 13.47 he needed to be in contention for Rio selection. Pozzi – coached by Malcolm Arnold at the Sports Training Village...

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (right) won women's 4x100m medley relay gold at the 2016 European Championships in London

Golden finish to European Championships for University of Bath-based swimmers

23 May 2016

Chris Walker-Hebborn and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won their second relay gold medals of the week as University of Bath-based swimmers finished the LEN European Aquatics Championships on a high note. Jazz Carlin also claimed 400m freestyle silver as Britain, despite being in heavy training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, finished the competition in London with an impressive 22 medals. The penultimate swim of the event saw O’Connor team up with Kathleen Dawson, Chloe Tutton and...

Piers Gilliver

23 May 2016

Sport: Wheelchair Fencing Event: Epee, foil Date of birth: 17.09.1994 Place of birth: Forest of Dean Coach: Peter Rome Date selected for Rio: July 5 Twitter: @PiersGilliver Biography: Piers first tried wheelchair fencing in 2010 and was selected to make his international debut two years later. He was part of the BPA’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme for London 2012 and went on to be crowned Junior World Champion in 2013. He has been training at the University...

Piers Gilliver (left) won epee silver at the 2016 Wheelchair Fencing European Championships

Euro silver keeps Piers Gilliver on top of the world ahead of Rio 2016 Paralympics

20 May 2016

University of Bath-based wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver can begin preparing for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in earnest after finishing his qualification campaign ranked number one in the world. The 21-year-old won a silver medal at the IWAS European Championships in Torino, Italy on Thursday to confirm his status as the top epee fencer during the two-year qualification period. It was Gilliver’s ninth medal in 12 ranking competitions since September 2014 and his third podium...

Jazz Carlin and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

European silvers give swimmers a boost as they prepare for Rio 2016 Olympics

20 May 2016

University of Bath-based swimmers Jazz Carlin and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor both won silver medals on another great night of competition at the LEN European Aquatics Championships in London. Both athletes are in heavy training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but still managed to produce impressive performances in the Aquatic Centre, with Carlin clocking 8:23.52 as she finished runner-up to Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas in the 800m freestyle. “I’m really happy with that,” said Carlin. “To come...

George Lavendar took part in the 2015 Zambia IDEALS project

BLOG: Return to Africa as students take part in Zambia IDEALS project for 11th year

20 May 2016

University of Bath students are once again preparing to fly out to Africa to take part in the Zambia IDEALS project. It is the 11th summer that students from Bath have participated in the scheme, which sees them work in a sports development and coaching capacity at the heart of local communities in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. BSc Sports Performance student George Lavender took part last year and is returning to Zambia this summer as...

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