News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Bartu (second left) at Tuesday's degree ceremony

Pentathlon GB performance director Jan Bartu awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Bath

22 March 2017

Jan Bartu, one of the longest-serving and most consistently successful performance directors in British sport, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bath. Bartu has built and then led the PentathlonGB Performance programme, based at the University since 1998, and supported athletes to win a total of five Olympic medals, including a gold from Steph Cook at the Sydney 2000 Games. Already a member of the University’s Hall of Fame, Bartu received...

Heather Stanning with her Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medal at the University of Bath

Give Heather Stanning your support on Marathon fundraiser as Olympic champ swaps rowing for running

24 February 2017

Heather Stanning, double Olympic rowing champion and University of Bath graduate, is swapping her oars for running shoes as she trains for this year’s London Marathon in aid of a good cause. Heather, a regular visitor back to Bath and a strong supporter of the University, is hoping that students, staff and the local community will get behind her efforts as she seeks to raise money for the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), not to...

Jol Finck and James Guy at the London 2012 Legacy Pool, January 2017

World Champion James Guy and swim coach Jol Finck loving “fresh start” at University of Bath

01 February 2017

Double Olympic medallist James Guy is set to make his first competitive appearance since becoming the latest World Champion to move his training base to the University of Bath. The 21-year-old, who stormed to the World 200m freestyle title in 2015, has made the switch to the British Swimming National Centre Bath along with coach Jol Finck and fellow Rio 2016 Olympian Cameron Kurle. They will train alongside the likes of Olympic silver-medallists Jazz Carlin,...

Olympic legend joins Team 50 to take on the Bath Half

17 January 2017

Olympic modern pentathlon silver medallist Heather Fell will run alongside 100 staff and students from the University of Bath for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon. The aim is to raise £20,000 for RAG – the “raise and give” fundraising group which, like the University itself, is marking its 50th birthday. Proceeds will go to local charities including the Trauma Recovery Centre (Bath), The Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH, CLIC Sargent, Bath Rugby Foundation...

Prince Harry discussed tattoos and tennis on court at University of Bath. Pic: Bryn Vaile, Matchtight Ltd

Royalty, rugby and Rio glory – a 50th-anniversary year to remember at University of Bath

26 December 2016

Outstanding success at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games plus the visit of sporting and actual royalty ensured that the University of Bath’s 50th anniversary was celebrated in fitting style during 2016. When the University received Royal Charter status on October 25, 1966, there were no sporting facilities on the Claverton Down campus. Five decades later, it has developed into what Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley believes is “the most vibrant, exciting and dynamic sporting...

Team Bath Rio stars win Athlete of the Month accolades

13 December 2016

The latest winners of the Team Bath Athlete of the Month awards made quite the spectacle at Ellis & Killpartrick Opticians. Rio 2016 Olympians Piers Gilliver and Sonny Webster collected their certificates and prizes at the store in Bath City Centre. Tennis player Lisa Whybourn and runner Jenny Nesbitt have also been recognised for their impressive sporting achievements, with all four winners receiving a piece of REVO Eyewear. Wheelchair fencer Gilliver – a sporting ambassador for Team Bath partners...

Eight years on, graduate Marilyn Okoro is finally set to receive an Olympic medal

26 November 2016

University of Bath graduate Marilyn Okoro is set to receive an Olympic medal as a result of retrospective drugs tests for athletes competing at the Beijing 2008 Games. Okoro was part of the Great Britain women’s 4x400m relay team that finished fifth in that year’s final, along with Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton and Nicola Sanders. They have already been upgraded to fourth after Russia were disqualified in August of this year when Anastasiya Kapachinskaya tested...

Heather Stanning with her women's pair gold medal. Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic medallist celebrations, October 12 2016. PICTURE: Clare Green for Matchtight

From University rowing rookie to double Olympic champ – Heather Stanning retires after stellar career

09 November 2016

University of Bath graduate Heather Stanning has brought the curtain down on a stellar rowing career that saw her win two historic Olympic gold medals. She was also crowned as double World and European Champion after forging an outstanding women’s pair partnership with Helen Glover, with their London 2012 and Rio 2016 successes part of an incredible 39-race unbeaten run stretching back to 2011. Now Stanning – who first picked up an oar when she...

Heather Stanning and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor have been shortlisted for a 2016 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year award

Rio rowing and swimming stars in contention for Sportswomen of the Year awards

08 November 2016

Olympic medallists Heather Stanning, Helen Glover and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor have all been shortlisted in the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards for 2016. Sports Technology graduate Stanning and women’s pair partner Glover, who both learnt to row at the University of Bath with the GB Rowing Team Start programme, are in contention for both Vitality Team of the Year and Olympian of the Year. They made history once again this summer as they became...

Lucy Shuker in action at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2015. PICTURE: Tennis Foundation

Paralympic medallists and sporting alumni head world-class entry for Bath Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

07 November 2016

A host of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games medallists, including Britain’s Lucy Shuker and Alfie Hewett, will join reigning Grand Slam champions in a star-studded Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament being staged at the University of Bath next week. Two-time Paralympian and Sports Performance graduate Louise Hunt will also return to her former training base for the prestigious ITF-1 level competition, organised by the Tennis Foundation and taking place on the eight indoor courts at the Sports Training...

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