News Archive, Month: September 2016

University of Bath captain Will Britton at the launch of the 2016 BUCS Super Rugby league at Twickenham

New era for student rugby as University of Bath join inaugural BUCS Super Rugby league

19 September 2016

An exciting new era of university rugby is kicking off this season – and the University of Bath will be playing a leading role. The men’s 1st XV has today been named in the inaugural BUCS Super Rugby league, featuring the top eight rugby-playing higher-education institutions in England and Wales. The competition – organised by BUCS [British Universities and Colleges Sport] and supported by the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union – has...

Sports Performance student Lloyd Wallace tweeted this picture of himself and coach Mich Roth at the 2016 World Water-Ramp Aerial Series Final

Student Lloyd Wallace makes a splash at World Water-Ramp Aerial Series Final

19 September 2016

University of Bath student Lloyd Wallace finished his summer season in style by soaring to a top-ten finish at the World Water-Ramp Aerial Series Final. The competition – staged at the spectacular £30million training centre in Minsk, Belarus, featuring the world’s only indoor water-ramp – featured the world’s best aerial skiers. Wallace, pictured with coach Mich Roth, needed to finish in the top 12 to reach the main final and produced a score of 109.38 for...

Rio 2016: Silver for Blake, bronze for Rickham and world record for Kamlish as Games draw to a close

18 September 2016

Paul Blake will be bringing two Rio 2016 Paralympic Games medals back to his University of Bath training base after adding T36 800m silver to his 400m gold on Saturday. Training partner Sophie Kamlish was just six-hundredths of a second away from also getting on the podium on a day that saw her smash the T44 100m world record. And University of Bath graduate Alexandra Rickham emulated her achievements from London 2012 as she and...

Student Joe Choong ends busy international year at Junior World Modern Pentathlon Champs

18 September 2016

A long international season that included a trip to Rio 2016 came to an end for University of Bath student Joe Choong at the 2016 Junior World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Cairo, Egypt. The 21-year-old, making his last appearance at junior level, was the only Pentathlon GB athlete to reach the men’s individual final and was well placed in sixth after strong performances in the fencing and the swim. However, the exertions of a season...

Rio 2016: Paul Blake wins ParalympicsGB’s 50th gold of Games with emphatic T36 400m victory

16 September 2016

Paul Blake today joined the ranks of University of Bath-based athletes to be crowned as Paralympic Champion as he won the T36 400m title at Rio 2016 – ParalympicsGB’s 50th gold medal of the Games. Blake, coached by Rob Ellchuk at the Sports Training Village, upgraded on the silver he won at London 2012 in emphatic style as he stormed away from the field in the last 100m to win in a season’s best time...

The University of Bath's rugby team celebrate after retaining the Red Bull Uni 7s title at The Rec in September 2015

University of Bath rugby players seek Red Bull Uni 7s hat-trick as world’s best head to The Rec

16 September 2016

The University of Bath men’s rugby team will take on the best in the world at The Rec, home of Bath Rugby, on Saturday as they bid to secure a hat-trick of Red Bull Uni 7s titles. After victories in both the 2014 and 2015 editions, the latter courtesy of a dramatic try in the dying seconds, the University of Bath are once again hosting the finals of the international competition in their home city...

Team Bath Netball won silver medals at the inaugural U21 September Showdown in 2016

September Showdown silver for U21s as emerging Team Bath Netball players impress

16 September 2016

A Team Bath Netball squad featuring a host of England U21 internationals, Superleague players and emerging talent reached the final of the inaugural U21 September Showdown. The brand-new England Netball competition saw six Vitality Netball Superleague teams joined by regional side West Midlands Warriors and a select team from hosts University of Worcester for four days of action. Team Bath, captained by University of Bath student Sophie Carter, topped Pool B with wins against Surrey...

Paul Blake in training at the University of Bath for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio 2016: Paul Blake looking to upgrade on London silver in Friday afternoon final

16 September 2016

Paul Blake will be going for gold on Friday afternoon as the University of Bath-based athlete gets his Rio 2016 Paralympic Games campaign up and running. Blake – coached by Rob Ellchuk at the Sports Training Village – goes in the T36 400m final at 2.15pm BST, looking to upgrade on the silver medal he won in the event at the London 2012 Games and the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. It starts a busy...

Rio 2016: Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell sail into silver-medal position after up and down day

15 September 2016

University of Bath graduate Alexandra Rickham and partner Niki Birrell have moved up to the silver-medal position after an eventful Wednesday in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games sailing regatta. They finished second and first in the opening two races of the day in the two-person keelboat SKUD18 but a kit failure sent them back to the marina early in the third. With all boats able to discard their worst score, Rickham and Birrell know there...

Piers Gilliver won wheelchair fencing epee silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio 2016: Silver lining as Piers Gilliver ends GB’s wait for wheelchair fencing medal

14 September 2016

University of Bath-based Piers Gilliver became the first British wheelchair fencer in 24 years to win a Paralympic Games medal when he took silver at Rio 2016 on Tuesday. Gilliver, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, only missed out on the gold medal by a couple of points after being edged out 15-13 by China’s Sun Gang in a tense Category A epee final in the Carioca Arena. “I really wanted the gold but...

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