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 Bush during her time at the University.

Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley will race in the double scull at the 2015 European Championships. PICTURE: Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images
Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley. PICTURE: Peter Spurrier / Intersport Images

Thornley – who first learnt to row with the GB Rowing Team Start talent ID and development programme at the University – has been selected alongside reigning Olympic champion Katherine Grainger in the women’s double scull for Rio.

She is the third Bath Start graduate to be selected for the Games – defending women’s pair champions Heather Stanning and Helen Glover had their places confirmed earlier this month.

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