News Archive, Month: June 2016

From 4 West to the Maracana – The incredible tale of University of Bath student-athletes heading to the Rio Olympic Games

30 June 2016

Qualifying for an Olympic Games is unquestionably an outstanding achievement. Only a handful of the world’s most talented athletes will ever have the privilege of representing their country at the biggest sporting event on the planet. So to do so while being in the middle of a full-time University degree course is an almost incomprehensible accomplishment. But that’s exactly what modern pentathlete Joe Choong accomplished after the University of Bath Mathematics student was announced in the Pentathlon...

Sonny Webster in action at the 2015 IWF World Weight Lifting Championships. MUST CREDIT: British Weight Lifting

Graduation one day, Rio 2016 selection the next for weightlifter Sonny Webster

29 June 2016

Weightlifter Sonny Webster has today been selected by Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - just 24 hours after graduating from the University of Bath. Webster, who completed his three-year Sports Performance course this summer, will make his Olympic debut in the men’s 94kg division after being crowned as British Champion in that weight category earlier this month. The 22-year-old is one of only two weightlifters in the Team GB squad and will be joined in Rio by Rebekah...

Eden Richardson won the Messika Open in Israel

Junior Wimbledon wildcard delight for Team Bath MCTA Tennis ace Eden Richardson

29 June 2016

Rising Team Bath MCTA Tennis star Eden Richardson has been handed a wildcard into the main girls’ singles draw at Junior Wimbledon. And she could be joined at SW19 by Megan Davies, who will be looking to build on some impressive recent results when she competes in the qualifying tournament on Thursday and Friday. Richardson, a 17-year-old Ralph Allen School pupil, missed out on a singles place in the qualifying stages last year but did...

PICTURE GALLERY: Record crowds enjoy Rio-themed Family Fun Day

28 June 2016

Nearly 2,000 people of all ages got into the Rio spirit on Saturday when they enjoyed a wide range of sports and activities during an Olympic-themed Family Fun Day at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Free have-a-go sessions in athletics, badminton, fencing, martial arts, tennis and trampolining proved to be massively popular, as did the chance to experience life as a performance athlete through health and speed testing. Children collected stars as they...

Bristol City defender Derrick Williams undergoing a Vo2 test under the watchful eye of Lead Applied Physiologist Jonathan Robinson

Bristol City and Partick Thistle kick off pre-season preparations at Sports Training Village

28 June 2016

Football League Championship club Bristol City and Scottish Premiership outfit Partick Thistle are using the University of Bath Sports Training Village this week to begin their preparations for the 2016/17 season. City’s first-team squad are taking part in ‘pre pre-season’ testing, where staff from the Team Bath Physio & Sports Science Centre help the Robins’ coaches assess the players’ fitness after the summer break. As well as cycling, sprint and physiological tests, City’s players have...

Louise Hunt. Photo: onEdition 2012

Wheelchair tennis ace Louise Hunt set for second Paralympic Games after Rio 2016 selection

28 June 2016

Wheelchair tennis player Louise Hunt has become the latest University of Bath graduate to be officially selected by ParalympicsGB for the Rio 2016 Games. Hunt, who studied Sports Performance, was one of ten players named during an announcement on Tuesday morning at New Palace Yard under Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament. A winner of multiple titles at ITF2 level competition, Hunt has also won several medals for Great Britain at the annual World...

Team Bath Netball won bronze in the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague

An exciting future for Team Bath Netball as Superleague expands

27 June 2016

Team Bath Netball are looking to the future with great excitement after their status as the Vitality Superleague franchise for the South West of England was confirmed by England Netball for another four years. The decision follows a rigorous tender process by England Netball, which saw Team Bath overcome strong competition from other bidders. University of Bath Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley led a presentation to England Netball which reflected not only pride in Team...

Jazmin Sawyers, Andrew Pozzi and Eilidh Doyle return to training after qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Quartet strike gold as University of Bath-based athletes book Rio 2016 spots

27 June 2016

Hurdlers Andrew Pozzi and Eilidh Doyle were among the University of Bath-based athletes who booked their place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Trials with medal-winning performances at the British Championships in Birmingham. Emily Diamond and Jazmin Sawyers, who also train at the Sports Training Village (STV), secured their coveted Team GB spots by winning gold, while University of Bath graduates Lawrence Clarke and Danny Talbot claimed the top-two places they needed for qualification. All six have also been named...

Wonderful Roehampton wins boost tennis duo’s chances of playing at Junior Wimbledon

27 June 2016

Talented teenage Team Bath MCTA Tennis players Megan Davies and Eden Richardson have boosted their chances of a Junior Wimbledon wildcard entry by beating players in the world’s top 50 over the weekend. Both are in action at the Nike Junior International in Roehampton, where Davies recorded an excellent 6-2 7-5 victory over Paraguay’s Lara Escauriza in the first round. She faces Iga Swiatek of Poland in the last 32. Richardson, fresh from her outstanding...

Heather Olver in action at Glasgow 2014 (photo: Badminton Photo)

Former University of Bath sport stars Heather Olver and Vicky Thornley selected for Rio 2016

27 June 2016

Badminton player Heather Olver and rower Vicky Thornley have become the latest athletes with University of Bath connections to be selected by Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Olver (pictured left), who studied Coach Education and Sports Development at the University, will continue her successful women’s doubles partnership with Lauren Smith in Rio after being named in an eight-strong badminton squad. A three-time silver-medallist at the Commonwealth Games, Olver was coached by Peter...

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