News Archive, Month: November 2020

British record for Freya Anderson and another big win for Tom Dean helps London Roar finish third in 2020 International Swimming League

23 November 2020

Freya Anderson eclipsed her own British record and Tom Dean claimed another eye-catching victory as University of Bath-based swimmers shone once again for London Roar in the grand final of the 2020 International Swimming League in Budapest, Hungary. Anderson, who joined the British Swimming National Centre Bath high-performance squad this summer, has been in fantastic form throughout the six-week competition and continued that into the last session on Sunday as she clocked 1.51.87 in the...

Gwilym Bradley and Will Flinn make top-flight debuts as University of Bath Rugby Club players line up on national and international stage

22 November 2020

It was a proud weekend for the University of Bath Rugby Club as nine current and former students lined up for club and country. Two of them - Gwilym Bradley and Will Flinn (pictured) - were making their top-flight debuts, with scrum-half Flinn coming on for his first Premiership Rugby appearance for Gloucester Rugby where he is currently on loan from RFU Championship club Hartpury. Flinn and fellow Sports Performance graduate Freddie Clarke both came...

Four top-eight finishes provide an impressive start to 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season for British Skeleton athletes

20 November 2020

British Skeleton athletes who train at the University of Bath made an impressive start to the 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season as they recorded four top-eight finishes in Sigulda, Latvia on Friday. Olympic medallist Laura Deas recorded her best finish since February 2019 as she placed sixth in the women’s race, securing a wider podium place with a combined time of 1:45.52 from her two runs. 2016 Youth Olympic Champion Ashleigh Pittaway was 12th in...

Former Team Bath FC Head Coach Paul Tisdale appointed as new Bristol Rovers first-team manager

20 November 2020

Paul Tisdale, who famously coached Team Bath FC on a history-making FA Cup run, has been appointed as the new first-team manager at League One club Bristol Rovers. Tisdale was Head Football Coach at the University of Bath from 1999 to 2006, during which time the Blue & Gold won four promotions through the non-league pyramid. They also became the first University side since 1880 to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup...

Laura Deas with her skeleton bronze medal from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Laura Deas grateful to be back on the ice as six-strong British Skeleton team get set to begin 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season

19 November 2020

Olympic medallist Laura Deas has thanked the University of Bath for helping British Skeleton maximise their preparations for the new season as the squad prepare to begin their 2020-21 IBSF World Cup campaign in Latvia on Friday. The skeleton athletes were among the first elite sportspeople able to return to training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village during the summer under Covid-compliant conditions, meaning they have had five months to get in shape for...

New club for first Team Bath BUCS Super Rugby captain as Will Britton joins RFU Championship outfit Doncaster Knights

18 November 2020

Will Britton, who captained Team Bath to back-to-back semi-finals during the first two seasons of BUCS Super Rugby, has joined Greene King IPA Championship club Doncaster Knights for the 2020-21 season. The second-row forward, who studied Sport & Social Sciences at the University of Bath, spent a short spell with Knights in February while on dual registration with Bath Rugby but has now made the move permanent. [caption id="attachment_60501" align="alignright" width="292"] Jack Davies and Will...

Get out, about and active with these guided walking and running routes around picturesque Bath

17 November 2020

If you are looking to stretch your legs during lockdown, University of Bath triathlon coach Blair Cartmell has put together guides to some picturesque walking and running routes around campus and the surrounding areas to get you out, about and active. The five routes cover a range of distances, from a quick 2.5km stroll through the fields neighbouring campus to the 8km Skyline Route and a 10.3km walk along the canal and up the hills...

PB victory from University of Bath sporting scholar Tom Dean helps London Roar reach final of 2020 International Swimming League

16 November 2020

Sporting scholar Tom Dean recorded his first win of the 2020 International Swimming League (ISL) season in style as University of Bath-based swimmers helped London Roar book their place in the Grand Final. Mechanical Engineering student Dean, who is supported by a Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholarship, clocked a personal best of 3:37.87 as he reeled in race favourite Danas Rapsys before holding off the Lithuanian to claim an impressive victory in the men’s 400m freestyle...

“A real blend of youth, experience and players steeped in the culture of this club” – Anna Stembridge excited by 2021 Team Bath Netball Superleague squad

15 November 2020

Anna Stembridge says she is excited to see how her star-studded Team Bath Netball squad "rise to the challenge" as they go in search of a sixth Vitality Superleague title in 2021.  Returning England stars Serena Guthrie and Layla Guscoth join fellow Vitality Roses duo Imogen Allison and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis in the Blue & Gold squad, while Commonwealth champion Eboni Usoro-Brown is back just weeks after giving birth to daughter Savannah. Aussie shooter Kim Commane...

TASS triathlete Katrina Matthews continues outstanding start to professional career by winning Ironman Florida in record time

14 November 2020

Triathlete Katrina Matthews, one of the British Army sportspeople who receives TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) support at Team Bath, has added to her growing list of titles by winning the  Ironman Florida competition. Matthews, a Physiotherapist Officer with the Army, led after the 2.4-mile swim and maintained that advantage by producing the third-fastest split time during the 112-mile bike ride. She capped a dominant performance in only her second full Ironman by running 2:58:29...

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