News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Double delight for Tom Dean as University of Bath sporting scholars and coaches enjoy success at British Swimming Awards 2021-22

14 November 2022

University of Bath swimmer Tom Dean capped an unforgettable two years when he was named as both Outstanding Swimmer and Champion Athlete as British Swimming staged their 2021-22 awards in Manchester. Fellow sporting scholar Kate Shortman won the Outstanding Artistic Swimmers award alongside partner Isabelle Thorpe and David McNulty, coach of the hugely-successful British Swimming Performance Centre Bath squad, took the Coach of the Year accolade. The Awards 2021-22, Supercharged by Speedo, reflected on the...

Universities of Bath and Edinburgh to lead new International Olympic Committee Research Centre

28 October 2022

A new, high-profile International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre has been announced to be based at the universities of Bath and Edinburgh. The Edinburgh - Bath Research Centre – named the UK Collaborating Centre on Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport (UKCCIIS) - will draw on extensive, specialist expertise at both institutions, as well as their long-standing track record for research that has helped to enhance athlete health and prevent injuries in sport. For over a decade,...

British Bobsleigh appoint new Performance Director and Head Coach at start of Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympiad

04 October 2022

Mark Silva and Graham Richardson have been appointed as Performance Director and Head Coach respectively of University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh for the new Olympic cycle. The pair will lead GB's pursuit of success in Milan Cortina in 2026 as bobsleigh returns to UK Sport funding for the first time in four years. Silva steps up from his role as Bobsleigh Manager within the GB set up, while Richardson joins after seven successful seasons with...

Major coup for British Skeleton as Latvian legend Martins Dukurs joins University of Bath-based programme as Performance Coach

21 August 2022

Six-times World Champion and double Olympic silver-medallist Martins Dukurs has joined University of Bath-based British Skeleton as Performance Coach. The 38-year-old Latvian announced his retirement from competition earlier this week following an incredible career that also saw him win six European Championship crowns, 11 World Cup title and 61 World Cup races. “The opportunity to join such a great team came at the perfect time,” said Dukurs. “If I look simply at history of results...

University of Bath swimmer Calum Jarvis confirms retirement after brilliant career featuring Olympic, World and European gold

02 August 2022

Olympic, World and European Champion Calum Jarvis, who studied and trains at the University of Bath, has confirmed his retirement from competitive swimming following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Jarvis, who studied Sports Performance and has been part of the British Swimming Performance Centre Bath squad for the past 11 years, helped Wales set a new 4x200m freestyle relay national record of 7:10.64 in his final race on Monday. [caption id="attachment_67747" align="alignright" width="292"] Calum Jarvis...

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...

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