News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Former World and European Champ Jamie Cooke retires after history-making modern pentathlon career to take Greece Head Coach role

24 May 2022

Former World and European Modern Pentathlon Champion Jamie Cooke, who has trained at the University of Bath with Pentathlon GB for the past 14 years, has announced his retirement from competition. The history-making pentathlete has taken up a new role as Head Coach of the Greece national pentathlon squad, which is based at the Olympic Stadium which hosted the Athens 2004 Games. Cooke became the first male Pentathlon GB athlete to win a World title...

Jamie Main joins hugely-successful British Swimming National Centre squad at University of Bath as National Coach for Olympic Swimming

12 April 2022

Jamie Main says it is “a privilege” to be joining the hugely-successful British Swimming squad based at the University of Bath after being appointed as the centre’s new National Coach for Olympic Swimming. Main, a mainstay of elite coaching in the East Midlands for the past two decades, is relocating to the South West to work with Bath National Centre Lead Coach David McNulty and an elite performance squad that produced eight medals at the...

Students Emma Whitaker and Ross Charlton win medals on World Cup debuts as Pentathlon GB make strong start to 2022 campaign

27 March 2022

Sports Performance students Emma Whitaker and Ross Charlton both won medals on their UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup debuts as University of Bath-based Pentathlon GB enjoyed a strong start to the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle. Whitaker, who is supported by a Santander Sporting Scholarship, enjoyed a dream week in Cairo, Egypt as she progressed through the qualifying round and semi-finals to reach a World Cup women’s individual final at her first attempt. The 20-year-old then...

Beijing 2022: Brad Hall “very proud” after steering Team GB four-man bobsleigh to top-six finish on final day of Winter Olympic Games

20 February 2022

Brad Hall was a proud pilot after Team GB’s four-man bobsleigh crew finished an impressive sixth on the final day of competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Hall and brakemen Greg Cackett, Nick Gleeson and Taylor Lawrence of the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association produced four consistent runs to finish just seven-tenths of a second outside the medal places with a combined time of 3:55.72. “I’m definitely very proud of...

Beijing 2022: Bath graduate Lloyd Wallace ticks trick off aerial skiing Olympics bucket list as two-man bobsleigh duo finish 11th

15 February 2022

University of Bath graduate Lloyd Wallace said he was happy to produce “some sweet jumps” on the biggest stage when he represented Team GB in aerial skiing at the Winter Olympic Games for a second time in his career. Wallace, who studied Sports Performance, produced a brilliant quadruple-twisting triple back flip in his first jump at Beijing 2022 – something he had been unable to attempt in PyeongChang four years ago – to score 108.41...

Beijing 2022: Team GB duo end skeleton competition with best runs as former University of Bath athlete Jackie Narracott wins historic silver

12 February 2022

Britain’s Laura Deas and Brogan Crowley finished 19th and 22nd respectively and there was a historic silver medal for former University of Bath-based athlete Jackie Narracott as the skeleton events at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games drew to a close on Saturday. Both Brits – who train with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) at the University – clocked their fastest times in their final runs, with Deas moving up from 21st overnight...

Beijing 2022: Bath-based British Skeleton duo Matt Weston and Marcus Weston place 15th and 16th on Olympics debuts

11 February 2022

University of Bath-based skeleton athletes Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt placed 15th and 16th respectively for Team GB on their Winter Olympic Games debuts at Beijing 2022. [caption id="attachment_66843" align="alignright" width="292"] Marcus Wyatt in action at Beijing 2022. PICTURES: Robert Michael/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Alamy Live News[/caption] The duo, who train with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), both moved up a place from their overnight positions following their performances in the third and fourth runs on Friday....

Beijing 2022: The moment has arrived for Bath-based athletes as Winter Olympic Games skeleton competitions begin

09 February 2022

The Team GB skeleton athletes who train at the University of Bath are all set to begin their Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games campaigns, with three exciting days of sliding taking place from Thursday to Saturday. It will be a first Olympic experience for Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt, who start the men’s competition overnight with Heats 1 and 2 at 1.30am and 3am GMT respectively. Their medals will be decided on Friday, with Heat...

British Swimming coach David McNulty, mentor to a host of Olympic medallists, inducted into University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport

08 February 2022

Legendary swim coach David McNulty, who has guided a host of British stars to Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth success, has today been inducted into the University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport. McNulty has been a hugely-popular presence around the University’s Sports Training Village (STV) for the past 14 years, during which time he has developed the British Swimming National Centre Bath into one of the world’s leading training programmes. Thirteen medals have...

Beijing 2022: Bath-based sportspeople looking to extend remarkable run of success as Winter Olympics officially begins

04 February 2022

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games officially begin today, with a host sportspeople who train at the University of Bath among those ready to take on the world with Team GB. PyeongChang 2018 bronze-medallist Laura Deas returns for a second Olympic Games and is joined in the skeleton squad by Brogan Crowley, Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt. Aiming for podium places in the bobsleigh competitions are the in-form Brad Hall, Greg Cackett, Nick Gleeson and...

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