News Archive, Category: Athletics

MJ Church sporting ambassador Dave King, March 2017

King and Gale backed nationally as Tokyo potential

10 November 2017

Hurdler Dave King and high-jumper Tom Gale are amongst a cohort of University of Bath-based athletes who emerged onto British Athletics’ lottery-supported list for the 2018 season, announced today. They are part of the World Class Performance Programme which is funded by the National Lottery and organised with the aim of success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. King, an MJ Church Ambassador, broke through and won World Championships selection last year and...

University of Bath named as Sports University of the Year in Good University Guide 2018

22 September 2017

The University of Bath has been named as the UK’s top sports university in the influential The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award is based on the quality of its world-class sporting facilities, the performance of its student sports teams and the ranking of its sports-related subjects, with Sports Science also topping the Guide’s ranking table for the subject. Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis...

Kelly Ganfield in rowing training with Corinne Yorston at the Team Bath Gym ahead of competing at the 2017 Invictus Games

Army veteran Kelly Ganfield proud to be representing her country again at 2017 Invictus Games

15 September 2017

After months of training hard and building her confidence at the University of Bath, Army veteran Kelly Ganfield will once again proudly represent her country when she competes at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada this month. The 36-year-old, who is visually impaired and suffers from epilepsy, has been selected in a 90-strong British team and will compete in both athletics and rowing – the latter a sport she only took up this year when...

Cameron Chalmers wins 400m gold at the 2017 BUCS Nationals in Sheffield

Cameron Chalmers achieves Gold Coast goal with 2018 Commonwealth Games call-up

12 September 2017

Sporting scholar Cameron Chalmers has become the first University of Bath sportsperson to be officially selected for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The Sports Performance student, supported by a Thompson Education Trust Scholarship, will represent his native Guernsey in the 400m at the Games, taking place from April 4-15. “It's been a goal of mine ever since starting athletics to go to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for Guernsey and I'm so...

University of Bath graduate Jacob Paul (centre) in Taipei during the 2017 World University Games

Hurdler Jacob Paul reflects on “incredible” experience at World University Games

06 September 2017

University of Bath graduate Jacob Paul hopes his “incredible” experience at the 2017 World University Games will act as a stepping stone to representing Great Britain on the biggest stage of all – the Olympic Games. Paul, who was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship while studying Sport & Social Sciences, missed out on a place in the 400m hurdles final by the narrowest of margins during last month’s competition in Taipei as he placed...

Anna Hopkin in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, July 2017

Semi-final frustration for Anna Hopkin and Jacob Paul at World University Games

25 August 2017

University of Bath duo Jacob Paul and Anna Hopkin missed out on their respective World University Games finals by the narrowest of margins in Taipei on Friday. Sport & Social Sciences graduate Paul, who was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship during his time at Bath, finished third in his 400m hurdles semi-final in 50.37 to place ninth overall. There was a similar fate for Sport & Exercise Science student Hopkin (pictured) in the swimming...

Taipei 2017 World University Games logo

Jacob Paul up and running at World University Games as Luke Johnson progresses on two tennis fronts

24 August 2017

University of Bath graduate Jacob Paul made a confident start to his World University Games campaign on Thursday as he won his 400m hurdles heat in Taipei. Paul, who studied Sport & Social Sciences and was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, clocked 51.38 to book his place in the third of Friday’s semi-finals (10.57am BST). In the swimming pool, MJ Church ambassador Jay Lelliott had to settle for a fifth-placed finish in the 800m...

Athlete Jenny Nesbitt is a Trendell Sports Scholar for 2015-16

Jenny Nesbitt battles heat and humidity to finish a fantastic fifth in World Uni Games 10,000m final

23 August 2017

University of Bath sporting scholar Jenny Nesbitt finished a fantastic fifth in a challenging 10,000m final at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei. Torrential rain delayed the athletics evening session for one hour, then the 90% humidity and temperatures in the mid-30s caused several athletes to suffer heat exhaustion once the race eventually got under way. Sport & Social Sciences student Nesbitt, supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, produced a stellar effort to claim...

Jay Lelliott (centre) finished fifth in the 1500m freestyle final at the 2017 World University Games

Narrow medal miss for Jay Lelliott as tennis ace Luke Johnson makes strong start to World Uni Games

22 August 2017

University of Bath swimmer Jay Lelliott narrowly fell short of a second medal on day four of the World University Games in Taipei. The Sports Performance graduate, an ambassador for Team Bath partners MJ Church and coached by Mark Skimming in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, was involved in a three-way battle for bronze throughout a gruelling 1,500m freestyle final on Tuesday. There was nothing to choose between Lelliott, Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta and Shingo Nayaka...

Maximise your sporting potential – try out for our Futures Athlete Development programme

22 August 2017

Young sportspeople looking to maximise their potential and gain an added advantage on their sporting journey are being invited to attend a free screening day for the 2017-18 Team Bath Futures Athlete Development programme. Taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, September 9, the screening day will test the physical fitness, speed and power of current and aspiring members of the talent development scheme. They will also receive an introduction...

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