News Archive, Month: July 2021

Tokyo 2020: Olympic debutant Deborah Fleming reflects on journey from netball and athletics with Team Bath to rugby sevens with Team GB

24 July 2021

Having worn the University of Bath’s famous Blue & Gold in netball and athletics, it is in rugby sevens that the multi-talented Deborah Fleming will be wearing the Red, White & Blue of Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Fleming played alongside future Team Bath Superleague players Mia Ritchie and Lois Rideout for the student netball club and also represented the University athletics team at national BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions...

Tokyo 2020: Bath-born high jump star Tom Gale proud to be representing Team GB and Team Bath on the Olympics stage

23 July 2021

High jump star Tom Gale says he is proud to be representing both Team GB and Team Bath when he makes his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Bath-born Gale has been training in his home city throughout his sporting career, first joining Team Bath Athletics Club as a raw beginner eight years ago and honing his precocious talent at the Team Bath Sports Training Village to become one of the world’s leading high jumpers. Now...

Tokyo 2020: Who to watch and when as 20 University of Bath-based sportspeople and 13 graduates compete at Olympic Games

22 July 2021

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are finally here and we are looking forward to cheering on 20 sportspeople who train at the University of Bath as they compete on the biggest sporting stage of all. Thirteen graduates of the University will also be representing their countries across a wide range of sports at the Games, which run until Sunday 8th August. All are dreaming of joining the celebrated ranks of Olympic...

Anna Hopkin student swimming 2018

Tokyo 2020: How University of Bath swim coach’s flexible approach helped set Anna Hopkin on ‘incredible’ journey to Olympic debut

22 July 2021

When Anna Hopkin moved to the University of Bath in 2014, she joined the student swimming club with the goal of racing at student competitions and having a fun group to socialise with. Fast forward seven years and Hopkin is not only looking forward to making her Olympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020 but also eyeing a place on the podium with Team GB. The explosive freestyle sprinter was a talented junior swimmer while growing...

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher aiming to ‘go out with a bang’ as Olympic debut provides dream conclusion to career

22 July 2021

Tokyo 2020 marks the end of an era for Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher but she says she cannot think of a better climax to a brilliant career than making her long-awaited Olympic debut at the home of judo. After narrowly missing out on qualification for London 2012 and Rio 2016, Fletcher’s years of dedication to her sport – the past 13 of them with the high-performance squad at Team Bath – will be justly...

World medallists Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton named in ParalympicsGB athletics squad for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

21 July 2021

Track and field athletes Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton have today become the latest University of Bath-based sportspeople to be selected for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Former World Champion Kamlish, coached by Rob Ellchuk, is no stranger to the Paralympics having competed at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. She set a T44 100m world record at the latter Games but narrowly missed out on a medal in the final. She will contest the...

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz proudly flying the flag for Mexico in her sport’s spiritual home on Olympics debut

20 July 2021

Judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz is proud to be flying the flag for Mexico at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – and for her Team Bath home. The University of Bath graduate will be the sole representative of her mother’s home country when the judo competition takes place in Tokyo’s legendary Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of the sport. She will also be cheered on by the Team Bath family she has been part of for the...

Intrepid duo taking on Olympic-sized Spennylymypics fundraising challenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association

19 July 2021

Taking on one Olympic sport is challenging enough but a couple who have been training in Bath are about to try all 80 events during Tokyo 2020 to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Stuart Bates and Charlotte Nichols begin their Spennylympics challenge on Friday (23rd July) and over the next 16 days will be doing all the disciplines across the full range of Olympic sports from archery to wrestling. That includes...

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

Liam Broady all set for Olympic debut as he joins former Team Bath Tennis ace Marcus Daniell on Tokyo 2020 stage

18 July 2021

Liam Broady will make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 next week after being added to the Team GB tennis squad. Broady, who is coached by Team Bath Tennis coach David Sammel, was offered a place in the men's singles draw by the International Tennis Federation due to his world ranking. Team GB Tennis Team Leader Iain Bates said: “This is brilliant news for Liam and I am delighted he is able to take up...

Tokyo 2020: How switch from swimming to rowing helped University of Bath graduate Sara Parfett fulfil her Olympic dream

17 July 2021

Sara Parfett arrived at the University of Bath a decade ago with an Olympic dream and is finally set to fulfil it in Tokyo this summer – but not in the sport she envisaged. Parfett was a talented junior swimmer and joined Mark Skimming’s student squad when she began a Biology degree in 2010. However, she also tried her hand at rowing and proved to be a natural, so much so that she successfully trialled...

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