Olympic and World Champions among University-based winners at 2018 Bath Sports Awards

21 November 2018

Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold, World Champion Vicky Holland and Paralympic silver-medallist Piers Gilliver were among the University of Bath-based athletes, coaches and clubs to enjoy success at the 2018 Bath Chronicle Sports Awards.

Yarnold, who made history by successfully defending her women’s skeleton crown at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, was named as Sports Personality of the Year for a second time having also won in 2015.

Her success came after British Skeleton, based at the University, were named as Senior Team of the Year following the magnificent medal victories for Yarnold, Laura Deas and University of Bath student Dom Parsons in South Korea.

Triathlete Holland, coached by Rhys Davey at the Sports Training Village, was named as Professional Sports Personality of the Year after winning the overall ITF World Triathlon Series.

Wheelchair fencer Gilliver, a MJ Church Ambassador, won the Disability Sports Performer of the Year award for a third time after another medal-laden season on the international stage.

Tatum Keen, who first trained with Team Bath Judo & Community Club at the age of six, was named as Young Sports Personality of the Year and received her prize from University of Bath graduate and Bath Rugby player Tom Dunn.

Emma Isaac, Assistant Coach of Team Bath Netball’s U17 NPL squad and the driving force behind Bath Cougars Netball Club, won the Coach of the Year honour and received her award from former modern pentathlon World Champion Samantha Murray.

A host of other University-based sportspeople and clubs were among the finalists on the night, while Team Bath itself was shortlisted for the Outstanding Services to Sport in Bath award.

Click here to read a full report and see more pictures from the night on the Bath Live website.

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