King and Gale backed nationally as Tokyo potential

10 November 2017

Hurdler Dave King and high-jumper Tom Gale are amongst a cohort of University of Bath-based athletes who emerged onto British Athletics’ lottery-supported list for the 2018 season, announced today.

They are part of the World Class Performance Programme which is funded by the National Lottery and organised with the aim of success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

King, an MJ Church Ambassador, broke through and won World Championships selection last year and Gale, from Team Bath AC, coached by Denis Doyle, and supported last year through the Athlete Futures programme, made a huge impact with a string of personal bests including a jump of 2.30m and a European Junior Bronze medal.

Emily Diamond and Eilidh Doyle, Olympic and World Medallists, will continue to be supported as part of the relay squad. They are joined in that group by Cameron

Sophie Kamlish set a new T44 100m world record at the London 2017 IPC World Championships. PICTURE: Mark Shearman

Chalmers, a University of Bath student coached by James Hillier, who has turned heads at global level at 400m over the past season.

Paralympic Champion Paul Blake and World Champion Sophie Kamlish, are in the top echelon of funded Paralympic athletes, who are coached by Rob Ellchuk on site.

Kamlish has moved to the top category after winning the 100m gold at the World Para Athletics Championships earlier this year and breaking the world record. She was awarded the Bath Chronicle Sports Personality of the Year Award at a glitzy ceremony earlier this week. The Awards were sponsored this year by the University of Bath.

Polly Maton who thrilled the home crowd by nailing her final jump at the World Championships in London to take silver also joins the funded list.



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