News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

The exterior of the Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre at the University of Bath

VIDEO: GB wheelchair fencing squad working hard at University of Bath base with six months to go to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

28 February 2024

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games are now just six months away and the world-leading GB wheelchair fencing squad are working hard at the University of Bath as they look to build on their tremendous success at Tokyo 2020.  The UKSI Wheelchair Fencing World-Class Programme has gone from strength to strength since being established at the Team Bath Sports Training Village and this Paralympic cycle has seen the opening of a custom-built National Training Centre, allowing...

A picture of British Swimming Performance Centre Bath coaches David McNulty (left) and Jamie Main (right)

Bath Performance Centre’s David McNulty and Jamie Main nominated for Team GB swimming coaching team at Paris 2024 Olympic Games

27 February 2024

University of Bath-based David McNulty and Jamie Main have been nominated by British Swimming to be part of the Team GB coaching team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It will be a sixth Olympic Games for McNulty and his fourth as Lead Coach of the British Swimming Performance Centre Bath, with his charges having won 14 medals – seven of them gold – between them at London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Joining...

A graphic promoting the Discover Your Paralympic Potential event taking place at the University of Bath on Saturday 6th April 2024 for people with a physical impairment.

Discover Your Paralympic Potential and find your sport during ParalympicsGB event at the University of Bath

19 February 2024

Aspiring Paralympians will have chance to try out a range of sports during a ‘Discover Your Paralympic Potential’ day taking place at the University of Bath this April. Hosted by ParalympicsGB, the event on Saturday 6th April is open to anyone aged 10 and over with a physical impairment who dreams of competing at a Paralympic Games and unlocking the opportunities that sport provides. The Paralympic Potential programme offers people the chance to find out...

Duo help Team GB secure Paris 2024 relay spot as University of Bath students compete at 2024 World Swimming Championships in Doha

12 February 2024

It was a job well done by University of Bath-based swimmers Tom Dean and Jacob Whittle on Sunday as they helped secure a men’s 4x100m freestyle relay place for Team GB at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. In their only appearance at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, the duo teamed up with Duncan Scott and Matt Richards to safely rubber-stamp the quota spot with a time of 3:13.96 in the morning heats. The...

University of Bath sporting scholar Kate Shortman (right) and Izzy Thorpe (left) won a Free Duet bronze medal at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha

Paris 2024 Olympic place secured as Bath sporting scholar Kate Shortman wins another World Champs artistic swimming medal

08 February 2024

An incredible second World Championships medal in the space of three days saw University of Bath sporting scholar Kate Shortman and artistic swimming partner Izzy Thorpe book a Paris 2024 Olympic Games spot for Team GB in the duet programme. Having made history with their Tech Duet silver in Doha on Monday, British Swimming’s first-ever Duet medal at a World Champs, the Tokyo Olympians delivered again in the Free Duet final as they scored 247.26...

University of Bath sporting scholar Kate Shortman (second from right) and Izzy Thorpe (second from left) won a historic Tech Duet silver medal at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha

More artistic swimming history is made by University of Bath sporting scholar Kate Shortman at World Aquatics Championships

05 February 2024

University of Bath sporting scholar Kate Shortman made artistic swimming history at a second successive World Championships as she and partner Izzy Thorpe won an incredible Women’s Duet Technical silver in Doha. It is British Swimming’s first-ever World Championships medal in a Duet event and came eight months after International Management and Modern Languages (French) student Shortman had achieved a similar breakthrough in the individual disciplines with Solo Free bronze at the 2023 Championships in...

Marathon swimmer and University of Bath sporting scholar Leah Crisp at the Team Bath Sports Training Village where she trains with the British Swimming Performance Centre Bath elite squad.

Sporting scholar Leah Crisp “over the moon” after earning Paris 2024 Olympic Games marathon swimming quota place for Team GB

04 February 2024

University of Bath sporting scholar Leah Crisp says she is “over the moon” after securing a Paris 2024 Olympic Games quota place for Team GB in marathon swimming. The Economics and Mathematics student, supported by a Santander Sporting Scholarship, finished 17th overall in the women’s 10km race at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha to earn Britain one of the 13 quota spots still available for this summer. A well-paced race saw Crisp, part...

Olympian Jacob Whittle pictured by the London 2012 Legacy Swimming Pool at his University of Bath training base

“Big year, big goals” as Olympian Jacob Whittle targets Paris 2024 after joining elite British Swimming squad at University of Bath

29 January 2024

He’s still only a teenager but swimmer Jacob Whittle is determined to become a double Olympian this summer – and says moving his training base to the University of Bath has fired up his medal ambitions. Whittle, who joined David McNulty’s hugely-successful British Swimming Performance Centre training group in September, was the youngest member of Team GB’s swimming squad when he competed at the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021 aged 16. That was only the...

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary visits Olympic and Paralympic Champions at University of Bath ahead of Paris 2024 milestone

26 January 2024

Lucy Frazer MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, met several Olympic and Paralympic Champions at their University of Bath training base on Thursday where they are preparing for Paris 2024, now just six months away. She was accompanied on the tour of the Team Bath Sports Training Village (STV) by Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, and spoke to a number of athletes and coaches including double Tokyo 2020 swimming gold-medallist...

A picture of Kate French with her Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games modern pentathlon gold medal at the University of Bath, where she trains and studied. PICTURE: Nic Delves-Broughton.

Olympic Champion Kate French targeting Paris 2024 title defence as pentathlon star returns to competition after 18-month break

26 January 2024

Reigning Olympic Champion Kate French is aiming to be at Paris 2024 this summer to defend her modern pentathlon crown as she prepares to return to competition for the first time in nearly 18 months. French, who trains with Pentathlon GB at the University of Bath, has only competed twice since winning gold in record-breaking style at the rescheduled Tokyo Games in August 2021 and took a break from the sport during 2023 to consider...

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