News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

World Champion and London 2012 medallist Samantha Murray announces retirement from modern pentathlon

13 November 2018

Olympic silver-medallist and former Modern Pentathlon World Champion Samantha Murray has today announced her retirement from the sport after ten years at the top. The 29-year-old, who also won World Championship bronze in 2012 and enjoyed a World Cup win in 2015, is one of Great Britain’s most successful modern pentathletes. Murray has been based at the University of Bath throughout that decade. As well as training at Pentathlon GB’s National Performance Centre, she studied...

Piers Gilliver (second from left) won epee gold at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia

Golden start to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic qualification period for wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver

11 November 2018

University of Bath-based wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver began the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games qualification period in fine style as he won gold in the IWAS World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Rio 2016 silver-medallist, an ambassador for Team Bath sponsors MJ Church, was in fantastic form throughout the men’s Category A epee competition and took the overall victory with a battling 15-12 final success against World and European Champion Maxim Shaburov of Russia. Training partner...

BATH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Lucy Shuker of Great Britain in action during The Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament on November 15, 2017 in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images for Tennis Foundation)

Wimbledon champions and world stars return for third annual Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

03 November 2018

Thirteen world top 10-ranked players, including two former tournament champions and two current World Champions, feature among a star-studded line-up for the 2018 Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Taking place from November 6-10 at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, with free entry for spectators, the third annual championship will see 43 players from 16 different countries, including a host of top Brits, contest the men’s, women’s and quad events. Organised by the Tennis...

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold announces her retirement from skeleton after stellar career

16 October 2018

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold, who trained at the University of Bath during her outstanding skeleton career, has announced her retirement from competition. "It has been an amazing ten years of my life and I have been lucky enough to learn from amazing coaches and be part of this team," said Yarnold, who was part of the hugely-successful British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) squad based at the University. "When I came into the sport...

Olympian Bruce Tasker announces retirement as British Bobsleigh name squad for 2018-19 season

12 October 2018

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympian Bruce Tasker has announced his retirement from bobsleigh. The 31-year-old suffered a stroke in January of this year but had been considering stepping down from competition at the end of the Olympic cycle regardless. Tasker, a former 400m and 200m runner, missed the PyeongChang Olympics as a result of the stroke but is in line to receive a retrospective bronze medal from the Sochi Games. “It's a decision I've not taken...

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...

Winter Olympic stars shine bright as British Skeleton claim clean sweep of awards at 2018 Team GB Ball

14 September 2018

Lizzy Yarnold and the University of Bath-based PyeongChang 2018 British Skeleton squad collected a clean sweep of awards as summer and winter Olympians came together to celebrate at the Team GB Ball 2018. The Team GB Awards, which headlined the evening at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls, recognised the record-breaking achievements of PyeongChang 2018 where Team GB athletes collected their best ever haul of five medals. Yarnold was voted by her fellow athletes as the Olympians’ Olympian...

Jubilant Jamie Cooke sprints into record books as he wins dramatic gold at Modern Pentathlon World Championships

14 September 2018

The University of Bath Sports Training Village is home to another world champion after Pentathlon GB’s Jamie Cooke produced a stunning finish to take gold at the 2018 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Mexico City. The Rio 2016 Olympian was in contention throughout but only took the lead for the first time with his last step of an epic laser-run, out-sprinting Pavlo Tymoshchenko and Valentin Prades to become the first British pentathlete to win a...

Chris Walker-Hebborn retires from competitive swimming after ten successful years at Bath National Centre

06 September 2018

Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medalist Chris Walker-Hebborn, one of the original members of the British Swimming National Centre at the University of Bath, has announced his retirement from competitive swimming. The backstroke specialist was one of four swimmers to join the national training programme, based in the Sports Training Village, when it launched shortly after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The next decade saw him race at London 2012 and Rio 2016, winning men’s...

James Guy swimming in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, January 2017

Two medals in one hour for James Guy as Bath-based swimmers end European Championships on a high

10 August 2018

James Guy won his third relay gold of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships on Thursday, just an hour after the University of Bath-based swimmer had deservedly earned his first individual medal in the pool. Fellow British Swimming National Centre Bath swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also got on the podium to wrap up an excellent week of competition for GB at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Guy, part of the successful men’s 4x200m freestyle and mixed 4x100m...

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