Following the success of Bath-based triathletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games, British Triathlon and the University of Bath have enhanced their partnership to deliver a British Triathlon Pathway Centre.
The University of Bath has a rich history of triathlon, with it being the location of the UK’s first National Governing Body (NGB) endorsed triathlon performance centre back in the 90s, supporting triathletes to perform on the world stage. More recently two Bath-based athletes, Vicky Holland and Michael Taylor competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
To support the continued growth and success of the British Triathlon World Class programme the University of Bath and British Triathlon updated their partnership agreement, with a focus on delivering a Pathway Centre, supporting the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
As part of this partnership, student and non-student high-performance triathletes will be able to access the world-class facilities in the Sports Training Village and performance support practitioners under the guidance of the Bath National Pathway Centre lead coach Jack Hall (pictured left).
British Triathlon Performance Director Mike Cavendish commented: “We are thrilled to be continuing our long-standing partnership with the University of Bath. Training centres such as the one in Bath are a critical part of our long-term strategy to develop athletes, coaches and support staff and we’re really excited about the opportunity to continue working in partnership with the university to grow our pathway.”
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “Partnerships with NGBs are a cornerstone of our high-performance sport offer at the University of Bath and our partnership with British Triathlon is another great example of how we work with NGBs. We are excited to see the continued development of athletes at Bath as they work towards performing on the world stage.”
The £35million Team Bath Sports Training Village is home to around 250 high-performance athletes including six current Olympic and Paralympic Champions – Freya Anderson, Tom Dean and James Guy (swimming); Joe Choong and Kate French (modern pentathlon); and Piers Gilliver (wheelchair fencing).
You can find our more information about the Triathlon programme as well as our other Student Performance Sport teams HERE.