News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Laura Deas with her skeleton bronze medal from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Laura Deas grateful to be back on the ice as six-strong British Skeleton team get set to begin 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season

19 November 2020

Olympic medallist Laura Deas has thanked the University of Bath for helping British Skeleton maximise their preparations for the new season as the squad prepare to begin their 2020-21 IBSF World Cup campaign in Latvia on Friday. The skeleton athletes were among the first elite sportspeople able to return to training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village during the summer under Covid-compliant conditions, meaning they have had five months to get in shape for...

Wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver add to trophy collections with more awards on national and international stage

08 November 2020

Wheelchair fencing World Champions Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver, who both train at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, have once again been rewarded on the national and international stage for their outstanding performances. The duo have been named on the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing list of 2019 ‘Best Athletes’, recognising the fencers who have achieved the most points in their individual discipline and category during the calendar year. Gilliver...

Triathlon Olympic medallist Vicky Holland becomes first University of Bath-based sportsperson to be officially selected for Tokyo 2020

04 November 2020

Vicky Holland today became the first University of Bath-based sportsperson to be officially selected for Tokyo 2020 after being named in the Team GB triathlon squad for next summer’s rescheduled Olympic Games. It will be a third Games for the 34-year-old, who made history at Rio 2016 when she bagged a brilliant bronze to become the first female triathlete to win an Olympic medal for Great Britain. Shortly after the Games, Holland moved her training...

University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing coach Peter Rome shortlisted for UK Coaching Awards 2020

27 October 2020

Peter Rome, who has guided members of the University of Bath-based GB wheelchair fencing squad to World titles and Paralympic medals, has been named among the finalists for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards 2020. Rome, lead coach on the EiS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme since 2016, is shortlisted for the High Performance Coach of the Year award alongside canoeing coach Craig Morris and para-athletics coach Ryan Jones. Under Rome's guidance, the two wheelchair fencers on...

University of Bath students and graduates among athletes selected on British Swimming World Class Programme for 2020-21 season

28 September 2020

Eleven members of the British Swimming National Centre squad based at the University of Bath have been selected for the British Swimming World Class Programme (WCP) for a 2020-21 season that includes the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games. Among the 18 swimmers selected on the top Podium tier are Mechanical Engineering student Tom Dean, Sports Performance graduate Calum Jarvis, double Olympic medallist James Guy and Freya Anderson, who joined the National Centre Bath squad this summer....

“I’m grateful to be heading to a start line again” – Vicky Holland returns to international action at World Triathlon Series in Hamburg

03 September 2020

University of Bath-based triathlete Vicky Holland will return to international competition this weekend when the only ITU World Triathlon Series race of 2020 takes place in Hamburg, Germany. Holland, the 2018 World Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze-medallist, has been back in training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village for the past couple of months. She is one of four Brits on the entry list for Saturday’s elite women’s race, which will take place...

Wheelchair fencing world champ Piers Gilliver happy to be back in training at Team Bath with one year to rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games

24 August 2020

With one year to go until the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games, wheelchair fencing medal contender Piers Gilliver says he has put the disappointment of the delay behind him and has been able to “reset psychologically”. The Rio 2016 silver-medallist and his team-mates on the EiS World-Class Wheelchair Fencing Programme are back in training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village as they start to rebuild towards the Tokyo Games, which had been due to start...

VIDEO: Elite athletes back in training at Team Bath Sports Training Village for Tokyo 2021 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

04 August 2020

Ahead of the Team Bath Sports Training Village beginning reopening to the public this week, we had time to get ready for customers' return while supporting, under government guidelines, a return to training for some of the squads aiming for the Tokyo 2021 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.  The return of around 60 elite sportspeople across bobsleigh, modern pentathlon, skeleton, swimming and triathlon helped us test our procedures and policies before public opening while offering them the...

University of Bath-based sportspeople recharged and refocused with one year to go until rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games

23 July 2020

The Tokyo Olympic Games may still be a year away, rather than one day, but the focus and motivation remains strong for elite athletes based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village. The Coronavirus-prompted decision to postpone the Games – which had been due to start tomorrow (Friday) – until July 23, 2021, was initially a huge blow to the aspiring Olympians who train at the University of Bath facility in sports such as athletics,...

Sporting scholar Tom Dean explains how elite swimmers are staying safe on their return to training at University of Bath

29 June 2020

Face masks, temperature checks, individual changing areas and designated lanes - those are just some of the things that have become the 'new normal' for University of Bath sporting scholar Tom Dean and his British Swimming colleagues since their return to training at the Sports Training Village. The Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholar, who is taking a year out from studying Mechanical Engineering at the University to focus on the Tokyo Olympics, is among a handful...

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