News Archive, Month: January 2024

(From left) University of Bath students Billy Sela, Scott Kirk, Ludo Kolade, Murdoch Lock (both Scotland), Ieuan Davies and Louis Hennessey (both Wales) have been selected for the 2024 U20 Six Nations tournament.

University of Bath students selected by England, Scotland and Wales for U20 Six Nations 2024

30 January 2024

Six University of Bath students have been selected to represent England, Scotland and Wales in the U20 Six Nations 2024. Sports Performance student Billy Sela has been named in England's starting XV for Friday's opening fixture in Italy, while course colleague and fellow prop Scott Kirk is among the impact players. Economics student Ludo Kolade, who is co-captain of the University men’s 1st XV in BUCS Super Rugby, has been named in the Scotland U20...

Olympian Jacob Whittle pictured by the London 2012 Legacy Swimming Pool at his University of Bath training base

“Big year, big goals” as Olympian Jacob Whittle targets Paris 2024 after joining elite British Swimming squad at University of Bath

29 January 2024

He’s still only a teenager but swimmer Jacob Whittle is determined to become a double Olympian this summer – and says moving his training base to the University of Bath has fired up his medal ambitions. Whittle, who joined David McNulty’s hugely-successful British Swimming Performance Centre training group in September, was the youngest member of Team GB’s swimming squad when he competed at the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021 aged 16. That was only the...

Brad Hall, Leon Greenwood, Taylor Lawrence and Greg Cackett won four-man bobsleigh bronze at the IBSF World Cup in Lillehammer in January 2024.

World Cup bronze in Lillehammer shows British Bobsleigh four-man team are back on right track after injury-hit season

28 January 2024

The University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh squad claimed their first IBSF World Cup medals of an injury-disrupted 2023-24 season when they won a fantastic four-man bronze in Lillehammer, Norway. Brad Hall, Leon Greenwood, Taylor Lawrence and Greg Cackett clocked a combined time of 1:40.15 to secure their first podium place in 11 months. “To be back in the medals so soon after getting back in a sled, and with a month to go to the...

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary visits Olympic and Paralympic Champions at University of Bath ahead of Paris 2024 milestone

26 January 2024

Lucy Frazer MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, met several Olympic and Paralympic Champions at their University of Bath training base on Thursday where they are preparing for Paris 2024, now just six months away. She was accompanied on the tour of the Team Bath Sports Training Village (STV) by Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, and spoke to a number of athletes and coaches including double Tokyo 2020 swimming gold-medallist...

A picture of Kate French with her Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games modern pentathlon gold medal at the University of Bath, where she trains and studied. PICTURE: Nic Delves-Broughton.

Olympic Champion Kate French targeting Paris 2024 title defence as pentathlon star returns to competition after 18-month break

26 January 2024

Reigning Olympic Champion Kate French is aiming to be at Paris 2024 this summer to defend her modern pentathlon crown as she prepares to return to competition for the first time in nearly 18 months. French, who trains with Pentathlon GB at the University of Bath, has only competed twice since winning gold in record-breaking style at the rescheduled Tokyo Games in August 2021 and took a break from the sport during 2023 to consider...

Ted Johnson leads the celebrations as the University of Bath men's 1st XV beat Leeds Beckett 24-12 in BUCS Super Rugby, January 2024. PICTURE: Bob Bradford.

VIDEO: Four-try Bath make winning start to 2024 with hard-earned BUCS Super Rugby home victory over Leeds Beckett

25 January 2024

The University of Bath men’s 1st XV made a winning start to 2024 as they claimed a bonus-point victory over Leeds Beckett in their first BUCS Super Rugby match of the year. Ted Johnson (pictured top), Tom Cowan, Jasper Spandler and Iwan Coyle all touched down for the hosts, sponsored by Bath Building Society, as they recorded a hard-earned 24-12 success at the Team Bath Sports Training Village. Bath were missing a number of players...

A picture of Pentathlon GB's Charlie Brown celebrating qualifying for the 2023 World Championships men's final at the University of Bath. CREDIT: UIPM World Pentathlon / Nuno Gonçalves.

Student-pentathlete Charlie Brown determined to build on breakthrough season and seize his Paris 2024 Olympic opportunity

25 January 2024

It’s four years earlier than he anticipated but University of Bath student Charlie Brown has put himself in the mix to make his modern pentathlon Olympic debut this summer and is determined to take the opportunity. The 20-year-old made his first major senior international appearance for Pentathlon GB less than 12 months ago but went on to enjoy an excellent 2023, reaching the men’s individual finals at the European Games in Poland and the UIPM...

Double Olympic champion Tom Dean pictured by the London 2012 Legacy Swimming Pool at his University of Bath training base

Olympic swimming champion Tom Dean launches new podcast tracking his bid to make Team GB history at Paris 2024

24 January 2024

With just six months to go until he bids to make history at Paris 2024, University of Bath-based double Olympic swimming champion Tom Dean is launching a new podcast tracking his record-breaking medal attempt. Tom Dean Medal Machine will see the Tokyo 2020 gold-medallist, coached by David McNulty at the British Swimming Performance Centre Bath, speak to a range of celebrity guests about building a champion’s mindset as well as provide behind-the-scenes insight into his...

University of Bath-based swimmer Tom Dean won 200m freestyle gold at the Flanders Swimming Cup in Antwerp, Belgium in January 2024.

Flanders Cup provides University of Bath-based swimmers with early-season racing opportunities during Olympic year

21 January 2024

Members of the British Swimming Performance Centre Bath squad got in some good racing early in the Olympic season when they competed at the Flanders Cup in Antwerp, Belgium. The meet gave the squad, who train at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, a short competitive break from their high-intensity training programme and was also a chance for Tom Dean and Jacob Whittle to warm up for their World Championships appearance in Doha next month....

University of Bath student Gabriella Nigrelli in action for Englsnd Women U20s. CREDIT: Mark Fletcher

First senior Red Roses call-up for University of Bath student Gabriella Nigrelli as preparations begin for 2024 Guinness Women’s Six Nations

18 January 2024

University of Bath student Gabriella Nigrelli has been named in the England Rugby Women’s training squad as preparations begin for the Guinness Women’s Six Nations in late March. The back-row forward, who studies Civil and Architectural Engineering, is among six uncapped players in the 38-strong squad selected by Head Coach John Mitchell for the Red Roses’ first camp of 2024. Nigrelli has previously represented England at U20 level. Joining the Bristol Bears Women player in...

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