News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Skeleton star Matt Weston joins ranks of Bath-based World Champions after magnificent gold-medal success in St Moritz

27 January 2023

Matt Weston has today become the latest University of Bath-based athlete to be crowned World Champion after winning men’s skeleton gold in magnificent fashion in St Moritz. The in-form slider, who was crowned European Champion last week, set a new course record on his way to becoming the first British man to win the global title since Kristan Bromley 15 years ago. Team-mates Craig Thompson and Marcus Wyatt went mighty close to joining him on...

More than 100 international medals won and new elite training centres opened during a stunning sporting 2022 at University of Bath

26 December 2022

World, European and Commonwealth champions were crowned, more than 100 international medals were won and new elite training centres were opened during another unforgettable year of sport at the University of Bath. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games saw 37 sportspeople who train, study or studied at the University of Bath – named as the University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 – compete across nine different sports...

Golden duo help to open new Wheelchair Fencing National Training Centre and EIS Athlete Health & Performance Studio at University of Bath

09 December 2022

A new dedicated training facility for the world-leading Great Britain wheelchair fencing squad has today been officially opened at the University of Bath, along with a rehabilitation studio for athletes from other Olympic and Paralympic sports. World Champions and Tokyo 2020 medallists Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver, fresh from winning four gold medals apiece at the 2022 European Championships, treated guests from the University, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), British Fencing, UK Sport and...

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...

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