News Archive, Category: Athletics

Track and field offering gains national recognition as University of Bath is awarded Gold Charter Mark by England Athletics

30 April 2019

The University of Bath has become only the second university in the country to be awarded a Gold Charter Mark by England Athletics. The Charter Mark recognises the high standards of support being offered to student-athletes across all track and field disciplines, as well as the vibrant training and competitive environment provided at the Sports Training Village. Colin Bovell, Head Athletics Coach at the University of Bath, said: “This is great news and we are...

Jenny Nesbitt won the trials to qualify for the 2019 World Cross-Country Championships. CREDIT: Mark Shearman

Terrific trials triumph secures World Cross-Country Championships place for University of Bath student-athlete Jenny Nesbitt

14 March 2019

University of Bath sporting scholar Jenny Nesbitt will represent Great Britain at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, later this month after a brilliant win in the qualifying event last weekend. The Sport & Social Science student, who is supported by a Trendell Sport Scholarship, made light of difficult weather conditions in Loughborough to chase down leader Jess Piasecki on the final loop and claim an excellent victory in the women’s trials...

Joe Choong, David King and Tom Dean

University of Bath-based sportspeople stepping up Tokyo 2020 preparations with 500 days to go until next Olympic Games

12 March 2019

Today marks 500 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and three students and graduates are among the multitude of University of Bath-based sportspeople ramping up their preparations for the world’s greatest sporting show. Pentathlete Joe Choong is aiming to join the ranks of double Olympians, and has a chance to qualify for Tokyo when the University hosts the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships this summer, while 110m hurdler David King and swimmer...

Double Championship record and magnificent seven gold medals for University of Bath athletes at BUCS Nationals

19 February 2019

There were two new championship records for swimmer Tom Dean and 25 medals, seven of them gold, as sporting University of Bath students impressed at the 2019 BUCS [British Universities & Colleges Sport] Nationals in Sheffield. MJ Church Ambassador Dean (pictured), a 2018 European Champion who is in the first year of a Mechanical Engineering degree and supported by a Bill Whiteley Sports Scholarship, eclipsed Olympic medallist Duncan Scott’s previous mark as won 200m freestyle...

New Year, New You – watch our expert video guide to health, exercise, nutrition and more for 2019

28 December 2018

With 2019 on the horizon, many people's thoughts are turning to New Year's Resolutions - one of the most popular being doing more exercise and getting active. If you have never been to a gym before, are getting back into exercise after a break or are already active but looking to step things up in the new year, our Team Bath athletes and experts have some top tips to help you on your fitness journey....

Olympic, World and Commonwealth crowns among highlights of unforgettable sporting 2018 at University of Bath

26 December 2018

One historic Olympic title defence, two World crowns, three Commonwealth gold medals and a multitude of other national and international medals added up to another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath in 2018. The University’s unique push-start track, the only one of its kind in the UK, became the focus of national attention in February when three athletes who train on it with British Skeleton won medals for Team GB at the...

Maths student John Millar has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2018 European Cross-Country Championships

Maths student John Millar earns first British Athletics call for 2018 European Cross-Country Championships

07 December 2018

University of Bath student John Millar has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Cross-Country Championships in Tilburg, The Netherlands, on Sunday (December 9). It will be a first appearance in a British vest for the third-year Mathematics student, who will compete in the U23 category and has been in fantastic form this winter. Having secured top-five finishes at British Athletics Cross Challenge events in Cardiff and Milton Keynes, Millar booked his European...

Kelly Ganfield with Invictus Games Ambassador David Beckham at Sydney 2018

“Phenomenal” feeling as Kelly Ganfield wins historic medal for Team UK at Invictus Games Sydney

28 October 2018

Kelly Ganfield said that becoming the first visually-impaired athlete to claim a medal at the Invictus Games “felt immense” after the University of Bath-based sprinter won silver in Sydney. Ganfield, who runs tethered to guide and athletics coach Mikail Huggins, teamed up with Naomi Adie, Alexandra McClellan and Debbie O’Connell to finish runners-up to the United States in the women’s 4x100m relay. “It felt immense because this was an event they hadn’t tried before and...

Kelly Ganfield in rowing training with George Studd ahead of the 2018 Invictus Games UK Team Trials

Team Bath’s Kelly Ganfield feeling “stronger and better” as she prepares to compete at Invictus Games Sydney

19 October 2018

After months of training and preparation at the University of Bath, Kelly Ganfield has arrived in Australia full of confidence and excitement as she represents her country once again in the Invictus Games. The 2018 Games – featuring wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans from a record 18 participating nations – are taking place in Sydney from October 20-27 and will be televised on BBC1. It will be the second time that Army...

University of Bath-based athletes dominate 2018 Bath Sports Awards shortlists after stellar year

04 October 2018

Team Bath and sportspeople who train at the University of Bath are well represented on the shortlist of finalists in the 2018 Bath Sports Awards. Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is in contention for the Sports Personality of the Year award, a title she previously won in 2015, along with Team Bath Netball captain Eboni Beckford-Chambers and fellow England Netball team-mate Kadeen Corbin – they helped the Roses to a historic gold at the Gold Coast...

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