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Decision to postpone Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games welcomed by sporting bodies based at University of Bath

24 March 2020

The decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games until the summer of 2021 has been welcomed by athletes and sport national governing bodies who train at the University of Bath. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese Government took the decision on Tuesday in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on athletes’ training and preparation. Sara Heath, CEO of Pentathlon GB whose national training centre...

Winter’s training produces early results as Bath-based triathlete Vicky Holland wins gold at Mooloolaba World Cup in Australia

15 March 2020

Triathlete Vicky Holland said she was pleased to see her winter’s training at the University of Bath produce some early success as she claimed victory in the Mooloolaba World Cup in Australia. In what proved to be the last event before World Triathlon announced the suspension of all races until the end of April, Holland – who trains with British Triathlon’s Bath National Performance Centre – produced a strong performance before pulling away from compatriot...

Jo Muir conquers Cairo as Pentathlon GB ace claims first World Cup title and second gold of Tokyo 2020 Olympic year

01 March 2020

University of Bath graduate Jo Muir took another giant step closer to securing a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification place as she won a thrilling gold at the first World Cup of the year in Cairo, Egypt. The Pentathlon GB athlete, fresh from winning the women’s title at the Budapest Indoor competition, impressed throughout the day before excelling in the run-shoot where she surged from sixth to first and then held off Russia’s Uliana Batashova to...

University of Bath graduates in contention to represent Team GB in rugby 7s at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

28 February 2020

University of Bath alumni Deborah Fleming, Sydney Gregson (pictured) and Amy Wilson Hardy have been named in an extended Great Britain women’s rugby 7s squad ahead of this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Wilson Hardy, who studied Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IMEE), is hoping to compete in her second Games having represented Team GB at Rio 2016. She was also part of the England team that won bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth...

GB women’s skeleton trio looking to end winter season on a high note at IBSF World Championships in Germany

27 February 2020

Olympic medallist Laura Deas, Kim Murray and Madelaine Smith are all looking to end their season on a high note and gain more valuable experience on the road to Beijing 2022 when they represent British Skeleton at the IBSF World Championships in Altenberg, Germany this week. The trio, who train at the University of Bath with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), start their campaigns on Friday (February 28) with the first two run,...

VIDEO: Go behind the scenes of EIS wheelchair fencing ‘medal factory’ at the University of Bath with six months to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

25 February 2020

With exactly six months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games get under way, we have been behind the scenes with the GB wheelchair fencing medal hopefuls at their University of Bath training base to learn more about their successful programme. Rio 2016 silver-medallist Piers Gilliver and fellow World Champion Dimitri Coutya have dominated the international wheelchair fencing scene during the past four years, winning multiple global titles and dozens of medals on the...

High jumper Tom Gale and alumni David King strike gold at SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

23 February 2020

Team Bath Athletics Club’s Tom Gale capped an excellent indoor season by winning his first British high jump title at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Gale, who is coached by Denis Doyle at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, cleared 2.27m to take gold at the end of a winter campaign that saw him achieve the Olympic qualifying standard of 2.33m. “I’m feeling really good and I’ve put myself in the...

Another gold for Piers Gilliver as University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers finish World Cup with three medals

15 February 2020

Piers Gilliver topped the Category A Epee podium for a ninth time in 13 international competitions as the University of Bath-based wheelchair fencer claimed his second medal at the IWAS World Cup in Eger, Hungary. After winning bronze in the sabre on Thursday, reigning World Champion Gilliver once again dominated the epee competition and conceded just 21 hits during the knockout phases on his way to another gold. After beating Poland’s Norbert Calka 15-5, Gilliver...

Golden start to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic year for wheelchair fencer Dimitri Coutya as Piers Gilliver joins him on podium at Eger World Cup

13 February 2020

University of Bath-based Dimitri Coutya began the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic year in style with victory on the opening day of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Eger, Hungary. It was a fourth successive World Cup gold medal in the Category B Foil for Coutya, who defeated Poland’s Jacek Gaworski 15-11 in Thursday’s final after being in dominant form throughout the competition. The world number one defeated Japan’s Michinobo Fujita 15-8 and Russians Timur Khamatshin...

Potential Tokyo 2020 Olympians and Paralympians learn about Japanese culture as EIS team up with University of Bath Skills Centre

13 February 2020

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) has teamed up with the University of Bath to provide education sessions on Japanese culture to athletes and support staff as part of a preparation program towards Tokyo 2020. The University of Bath’s highly-respected Skills Centre (Foreign Languages) has been delivering introductory classes on Japanese culture on subjects such as getting around, currency and basic words and practical phrases to athletes and support staff from several sports which are...

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