News Archive, Month: October 2020

Proud moment as University of Bath alumni Tom Dunn earns a deserved first England Rugby cap in Six Nations title decider

31 October 2020

It was an emotional evening in Rome on Saturday as former University of Bath Rugby Club player Tom Dunn finally made his long-awaited senior England debut. The hooker came off the bench in the closing stages of England’s 34-5 victory over Italy which, combined with France’s defeat of Ireland later that evening, secured the 2020 Guinness Six Nations title for the Roses. A video of Dunn speaking to his family back home while proudly wearing...

Tom Dunn of Bath Rugby takes on the Worcester Warriors defence. Aviva Premiership match, between Bath Rugby and Worcester Warriors on October 7, 2017 at the Recreation Ground in Bath, England. MUST CREDIT: Patrick Khachfe/Onside Images.

Bath alumni Tom Dunn in contention for first international cap as England Rugby finally conclude Six Nations title bid in Italy

29 October 2020

University of Bath alumni Tom Dunn is in contention to earn a first England Rugby cap this weekend after being named on the bench for the rescheduled Six Nations match against Italy. The Bath Rugby hooker, who represented the University’s rugby team while studying Sports Performance, has been in several international training squads in recent years and was an unused replacement for February’s Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland but has yet to appear in a...

University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing coach Peter Rome shortlisted for UK Coaching Awards 2020

27 October 2020

Peter Rome, who has guided members of the University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing squad to World titles and Paralympic medals, has been named among the finalists for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards 2020. Rome, lead coach on the EiS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme since 2016, is shortlisted for the High Performance Coach of the Year award alongside canoeing coach Craig Morris and para-athletics coach Ryan Jones. Under Rome's guidance, the two wheelchair fencers on...

“Milestone moment” as Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Wiltshire becomes latest Team Bath Netball Academy Development Centre

23 October 2020

Team Bath Netball today reached a ‘milestone moment’ as they now have an Academy Development Centre in every county across the South West of England after Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Wiltshire became the latest host venue for the talent development programme. The renowned Salisbury school will host weekly top-class Team Bath coaching sessions for selected netballers aged between 14 and 18, allowing them to access the Blue & Gold’s elite training environment without having to...

Dominant displays secure fourth LTA British Tour title in a year for talented Team Bath Tennis player Grace Piper

21 October 2020

Team Bath Tennis ace Grace Piper claimed her fourth LTA British Tour title in the space of 12 months with a dominant performance in the women’s singles at Taunton Tennis Club. Piper, a pupil at Ralph Allen School in Bath, dropped just 12 games across four matches as she lived up to her number-one seeding in the draw, securing the trophy with a 6-2 6-1 victory over second seed Katherine Barnes. The latest title comes...

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Emily Large and Bath alumna Anna Hopkin help London Roar set record points tally in International Swimming League opener

20 October 2020

Eye-catching performances from University of Bath-based Emily Large and alumna Anna Hopkin helped London Roar record the highest number of points in an International Swimming League fixture and start their 2020 campaign in fantastic style. Hopkin (pictured), who trained with Mark Skimming’s student swimming squad while studying Sports & Exercise Science, swam the anchor leg of an impressive women’s 4x100m freestyle relay victory as Roar opened up a 97-point lead at the end of day...

Bath-based swimmers return to competition as 2020 International Swimming League season begins in Budapest bubble

16 October 2020

Nine University of Bath-based swimmers past and present are returning to competitive action for the first time since March as the second season of the International Swimming League (ISL) gets under way in Budapest. More than 300 swimmers from around the world are representing ten franchises at the five-week competition, which starts today (16th October) and will see all league matches, semi-finals and the final take place in the Hungarian capital. In action on the...

The Maynard in Exeter becomes latest pathway partner in Team Bath Netball’s Academy Development Centre for South West

13 October 2020

Team Bath Netball has announced that another hub of South West sports development excellence – The Maynard in Exeter – is joining its Academy Development Centre (ADC) network. This move comes just weeks after Hartpury College in Gloucestershire also became a new ADC in a pathway designed to nurture the next generation of talented athletes. The Maynard already has a famous netballing ‘old-girl’ in Jo Vann, the current Team Bath Head Coach who went on...

Team Bath legend Stacey Francis has a shot at Suncorp Super Netball glory after helping West Coast Fever to Grand Final in Australia

11 October 2020

Team Bath Netball legend Stacey Francis played an inspirational role as she helped West Coast Fever reach the Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final in Australia for a second time in three years. Francis, a University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport inductee, was in outstanding form alongside fellow defenders Courtney Bruce and Jess Anstiss as Fever raced into a 21-12 lead after the first quarter of their preliminary final against Sunshine Coast Lightning. There...

Former University of Bath Deputy Director of Sport Ali Oliver awarded MBE for services to sport in Queen’s Birthday Honours

10 October 2020

Former University of Bath Deputy Director of Sport Ali Oliver says she is “truly honoured and humbled” after being awarded an MBE for services to sport in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Oliver, now Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, was part of the team that delivered the initial presentation and subsequent lottery-funding and planning applications for the Team Bath Sports Training Village during her time at the University from 1998 to 2004....

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