Colin Bovell – Athletics Head Coach
Title: Head Track & Field Coach (athletics)
Date and Place of Birth: 1972, Yeovil, England.
Former sprint hurdler Colin has been leading the track and field programme at the University of Bath since 2005, during which time he has coached many athletes to BUCS titles and helped others progress to the international stage, often working in conjunction with the athletes’ home coach.
Among the athletes he has worked with in recent years are US heptathlete Chari Hawkins, who competed at the 2019 World Championships, and 400m hurdler Jacob Paul, who represented Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Other notable names include Damien Greaves, who represented Team GB in the 110m hurdles at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; Dominic Girdler (Euro U20 Bronze medalist & AAA indoor gold medalist); Duncan Malins (GB U23 international & Indoors AAA’s Silver medalist); Nicky Robinson (World U18 & U20 Competitor and AAA’s U20 Champion); Nigel Levine (100m finalist at European Youth Olympic Festival 2005 and 8th all-time U17 indoor 200m); Tamsin Stephens (NI International and Commonwealth Games competitor); Andy Turner, Robert Newton and Helen Worsey.
Current members of his training group at the University of Bath include Olivia Caesar, Laura Maddox, Georgia Silcox and Tomos Slade.
As an athlete, Colin competed for the GB U23 and Welsh Senior teams before moving into coaching. He was Sprints & Conditioning Coach for Leicester Tigers Rugby Club from 1996-99, then was a lecturer and strength & conditioning coach at Loughborough University before moving to Bath in 2005.
A qualified Sports Massage Therapist, Colin was UK Sprint Hurdles National Coach for five years.