News Archive, Month: September 2020

Liam Broady disappointed by French Open first-round exit but pleased with “bigger picture” after qualifying for Roland Garros debut

29 September 2020

Team Bath Tennis touring professional Liam Broady admitted his four-set French Open first-round exit to Czech Jiri Vesely was “disappointing” but said there were plenty of positives overall to take away from his performances at Roland Garros over the past two weeks. Broady, who is coached by Team Bath Tennis Performance Consultant Dave Sammel, made his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon when he lined up against Vesely...

University of Bath students and graduates among athletes selected on British Swimming World Class Programme for 2020-21 season

28 September 2020

Eleven members of the British Swimming National Centre squad based at the University of Bath have been selected for the British Swimming World Class Programme (WCP) for a 2020-21 season that includes the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games. Among the 18 swimmers selected on the top Podium tier are Mechanical Engineering student Tom Dean, Sports Performance graduate Calum Jarvis, double Olympic medallist James Guy and Freya Anderson, who joined the National Centre Bath squad this summer....

Broady seen here practising on the courts at the University of Bath

Liam Broady doesn’t mind keeping his feet on clay as he bags French Open main draw spot

24 September 2020

Liam Broady, one of several touring pros based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, has bagged a spot in the main draw of the men’s singles at the French Open – his first appearance at this Grand Slam, played on clay in the country’s capital city. He overturned the ranking form book to beat Australia’s Marc Polmans  in his final qualifying match by 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. After the match the clearly delighted world no....

Broady comes through two tie-breaks to reach third round in Paris

23 September 2020

Team Bath’s Liam Broady is through to the third round of qualifying at the French Open after a titanic match with Dutch right-hander Botic van de Zandschulp. Broady came through in two tie-break sets but the left-hander, whose training base is at the University of Bath, had to save set points in the second before closing out the match 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8) on the famous Roland Garros clay. Broady, coached at Bath by Dave...

500 days to Beijing 2022: Skeleton ace Marcus Wyatt excited for challenge ahead as Winter Olympic Games milestone is reached

22 September 2020

With dates for the new skeleton season confirmed and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games now exactly 500 days away, University of Bath-based Marcus Wyatt is looking to the future with excitement after a summer of uncertainty. The 2019-20 skeleton season may have finished just before the country went into lockdown back in March but the sport has still been effected by the global pandemic, with the calendar for this winter remaining in doubt until...

French Open qualification is the goal as Team Bath Tennis touring pros Liam Broady and Samantha Murray Sharan head to Roland-Garros

21 September 2020

Team Bath Tennis touring professionals Liam Broady and Samantha Murray Sharan will be bidding to compete in the last Grand Slam of the year when they take part in French Open qualifying this week. The duo will be supported by their respective coaches, Dave Sammel and Ian MacDonald, when they take to the famous clay courts at Roland-Garros in Paris for the qualifying competition, which gets under way today (Monday). They will be looking to...

UK Coaching Week 2020: Team Bath Netball’s Anna Stembridge hails coaches’ ability to adapt and evolve during challenging year

16 September 2020

The ingenuity and flexibility shown by sports coaches both during and after lockdown will help them develop and improve going forward, says Team Bath Netball’s Anna Stembridge. Like her fellow coaches at all levels of sport since March, the Blue & Gold’s Superleague Head Coach has had to adjust to the changing circumstances caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and new social-distancing measures. She has stayed in touch with the Superleague squad remotely, hosting both individual...

Talented young Team Bath Tennis duo serve up trophy triumphs at 2020 Fred Perry Championship

13 September 2020

Junior Team Bath Tennis duo Izzie Britton and Luke Hooper were both victorious when they competed in the national finals of the 2020 Fred Perry Championship over the weekend. Their prize – for victory in the U12 Girls and U14 Boys events respectively – was a year’s clothing supply from Fred Perry and a tennis grant to help them continue to train, compete and develop over the next 12 months. The youth tennis tournament, now...

Bath MP Wera Hobhouse hails “brilliant achievement” as Team Bath Tennis are officially presented with LTA University of the Year award

11 September 2020

Wera Hobhouse, the MP for Bath, today praised the ‘fabulous’ tennis programme at the University of Bath when she visited the Team Bath Sports Training Village to recognise a double award success from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Mrs Hobhouse joined Tom Gibbins, the LTA’s Head of Education, and representatives from Avon Tennis as Team Bath were awarded both the national University of the Year title and the South West regional award for Education Excellence....

Long lockdown break from training can’t stop pistol shooter Kristian Callaghan securing double gold on return to international competition

10 September 2020

Team Bath Dual Career pistol shooter Kristian Callaghan made a winning return to international competition when he claimed double gold at the IWK Berlin competition in Germany. The 2014 Commonwealth Games medallist won both 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (RFP) finals, recording impressive scores of 574 and 573 respectively out of 600 – and registering a number of perfect series of five hits from five, including in a gold-medal shootout in the second final. The results...

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