News Archive, Month: July 2016

Francesca Summers and Myles Pillage have been selected for Team GB's Ambition Programme and will be heading to Rio 2016

Potential Tokyo 2020 pentathletes to gain Olympic experience with Team GB in Rio

12 July 2016

Emerging Pentathlon GB athletes Francesca Summers and Myles Pillage will get to experience the Olympic environment this summer after being selected on the Ambition Programme for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The teenage duo, along with Pathways Manager Stuart Mason, will travel to Brazil next month and visit the world-class facilities of Team GB’s preparation camp in Belo Horizonte before flying down to Rio to visit the Olympic Village, British School and British House. They...

(From left) Zack Henry, Aaron James and Patrick Jenkinson with their 2016 FISU World University Rugby Sevens silver medals

Silver lining for rugby players after dramatic finish to World University Sevens Champs

11 July 2016

University of Bath rugby players Zack Henry and Patrick Jenkinson helped Great Britain’s men win a silver medal at the FISU World University Rugby Sevens Championships in Swansea. They were only denied gold by an Australian try from the last move of a dramatic final, which saw the British team – who had led 20-19 when the buzzer went – edged out 24-20. Jenkinson, who has played for Bath Rugby’s United XV and graduated in...

Emily Diamond (left) and Eilidh Doyle (second from right) won 4x400m relay gold at the 2016 European Championships

World-leading time as Emily Diamond and Eilidh Doyle help GB win European relay gold

11 July 2016

Emily Diamond and Eilidh Doyle continued their Rio 2016 Olympic Games preparations in style on Sunday as they helped Great Britain win women’s 4x400m relay gold at the European Championships in Amsterdam. The University of Bath-based athletes teamed up with Anyika Onuora and Seren Bundy-Davies to take the continental title in a world-leading time of 3:25.05. The victory never looked in doubt after Diamond established a good lead on the opening leg which was never relinquished....

Samantha Murray, Joanna Muir and Kate French of Pentathlon GB

Top-five finish for Joanna Muir as Pentathlon GB women win team silver at Euros

10 July 2016

University of Bath graduate Joanna Muir was the top performing Pentathlon GB athlete in the individual competitions at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Muir, who studied Sports Performance, impressed across all five disciplines on her European debut to finish fifth overall in the women’s final. Fellow graduates Kate French and Samantha Murray – who are preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – finished tenth and 17th respectively, meaning the British trio...

Marking the 100th birthday of a Team Bath legend – Ivor Powell MBE is inducted into the Hall of Fame for Sport

09 July 2016

Dozens of alumni and staff joined Ivor Powell’s family and friends at the University of Bath on Saturday to celebrate the extraordinary life and career of the football coaching legend. In the week when he would have celebrated his 100th birthday, people travelled from as far afield as Brussels to see the much-loved Powell – who coached at the University from 1972 to 2010, when he retired aged 93 – posthumously inducted into the University’s Hall...

Jazmin Sawyers won long jump silver at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam

Rio-bound Jazmin Sawyers soars to long jump silver at European Championships in Amsterdam

09 July 2016

University of Bath-based athlete Jazmin Sawyers leapt further than ever before to win long jump silver at the European Championships in Amsterdam on Friday. The 22-year-old’s wind-assisted leap of 6.86m was 11cm further than the previous best she set last month while winning the British Championships to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “I’m so happy – my first European senior champs and a silver medal!” said Sawyers, who had previously won silver at...

Long-distance learning at University of Bath pays off for Rio-bound Emily Diamond

07 July 2016

Sprinter Emily Diamond is benefitting from the ultimate long-distance learning course at the University of Bath as she prepares to make her Olympic debut at Rio 2016. While the 25-year-old is based at the Sports Training Village, her coach for the past 12 months, Jared Deacon, lives in Scotland and works with Edinburgh Rugby. But thanks to the wonders of modern technology, they have put together a training programme that has seen 400m runner Diamond...

Anna Smith

Anna Smith’s Wimbledon adventure ends as Team Bath coach Melanie South takes on Grand Slam winners

07 July 2016

Anna Smith’s Wimbledon adventure has come to an end for 2016 after the Team Bath MCTA Tennis player and partner Neal Skupski were knocked out of the mixed doubles competition. They went into Wednesday’s match against Aisam Qureshi of Pakistan and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on a high after recovering from 5-2 down in the final set to stun top seeds Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Sania Mirza (India). However, despite bouncing back from an early break in...

Hungary's Bence Harangozo watches on as compatriot Istvan Malits fences against Britain's James Myatt

Students past and present team up for top-ten finish at European Championships

07 July 2016

James Myatt and Georgia Pipes, University of Bath students past and present, teamed up to finish eighth in the mixed relay at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The day started in the pool with Sociology student Pipes and Business Administration graduate Myatt (pictured) recording a time of 2:03.62, leaving them in ninth position at the end of the opening discipline. The Pentathlon GB duo then recorded 22 victories and 22 defeats in the...

Polly Maton

06 July 2016

Sport: Athletics Event: T47 100m, long jump Date of birth: 23/10/1999 Coach: Colin Baross Polly from Devizes, a below-the-elbow amputee, only made her international debut in 2014 after being spotted at a talent identification event but was a World Championships medallist within three years after winning T47 long jump silver at London 2017. Coached by Colin Baross at the University of Bath, she won three gold medals at the IWAS Junior Championships in 2014 and...

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