News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Great Britain's Dom Parsons with his Olympic Winter Games bronze. He will be the official Olympic Day Run starter.

Olympic medallist Dom Parsons retires from skeleton after historic career while training and studying at University of Bath

28 December 2019

Dom Parsons, who won a historic Olympic skeleton medal while training and studying at the University of Bath, has announced his retirement from the sport. Parsons became the first British male skeleton athlete to win an Olympic medal in 70 years when he made the podium in PyeongChang in February 2018. The 32-year-old took a year away from sliding following his Olympic success to complete his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath...

Fed Cup tennis, Modern Pentathlon European Champs and World Championship triumphs among sporting highlights of 2019 at University of Bath

26 December 2019

It’s the end of another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath which saw world-class tennis and modern pentathlon come to the Sports Training Village (STV) while athletes and students excelled on the world stage. The £35million STV successfully hosted two major international sporting events in 2019, including the first Fed Cup tennis tie to be staged in Great Britain for 26 years. The indoor courts were transformed into a showcase arena as...

Team Bath athletes taking to different track after Team GB bobsleigh selection for Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

18 December 2019

Charlotte Longden and William Scammell, who both train at the University of Bath, have been selected to race for Team GB in bobsleigh at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-olds will take to the ice at the world-famous St Moritz when the Games are staged at the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland from January 9-22. Both were first introduced to the sport as track and field athletes with Team Bath Athletics...

Modern pentathlon returns to University of Bath Sports Training Village as British Champs start Tokyo 2020 Olympic season

28 November 2019

Pentathlon GB's athletes will kick-start the Tokyo 2020 Olympic season at the University of Bath this weekend as the Sports Training Village hosts the British Open Modern Pentathlon Championships. Jamie Cooke, who won gold when the STV staged the European Championships back in August, and reigning World Cup Final champion Joe Choong are among a strong field competing in the men's event on Saturday (November 30). Jo Muir, who won team medals with GB at...

Great Britain's Dom Parsons with his Olympic Winter Games bronze. He will be the official Olympic Day Run starter.

Olympic medallist Dom Parsons returns to World Cup circuit in strong British Skeleton squad after completing doctorate

13 November 2019

University of Bath alumni Dom Parsons will return to international competition for the first time since winning a brilliant bronze at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games after being named in the British Skeleton squad for the 2019-20 World Cup season. Parsons, who sat out last season to complete his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, is joined in a strong squad by fellow Olympic medallist Laura Deas, Sports Performance graduate Madelaine Smith, Kim Murray, Marcus Wyatt...

Paul Blake gives GB a dream start at Dubai 2019 World Para-Athletics Champs by winning third 800m gold of his career

08 November 2019

University of Bath-based Paul Blake stormed to the fourth World Para-Athletics Championships gold medal of his career in Dubai on Thursday – and hailed it as his best yet. Blake, coached by Rob Ellchuk, controlled his T36 800m final from start to finish as he finished eight seconds clear of the field in a season’s best time of 2:07.44 to claim Great Britain’s first gold on the opening day of the 2019 championships. It was...

Perth podium place gives Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher more precious points in Tokyo 2020 qualification campaign

05 November 2019

Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher gained more valuable points towards her goal of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification by winning silver at the Perth Oceania Open in Australia. The 2019 edition of the World Cup event, for one year only, saw Grand Slam points awarded and attracted a world-class entry list. Fletcher, coached by Juergen Klinger at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, fought well throughout the women’s -70kg competition and recorded her first...

From the ice to the boardroom – double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold joins BBSA Board of Directors

01 November 2019

Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold says she is looking forward to helping "continue the sports' momentum" after being appointed to the Board of Directors of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA). Yarnold became Team GB's most successful Winter Olympian while training with the BBSA at its University of Bath headquarters, winning women's skeleton gold at both the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Games plus the World and European titles before calling time on her...

Four-man bobsleigh team finally set to receive Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medals at Team GB Ball

24 October 2019

The University of Bath-based four-man bobsleigh team that have been promoted onto the podium following doping violations at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will finally receive their bronze medals at next month's Team GB Ball in London. The GB 1 crew consisting of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon finished the competition in fifth place but have retrospectively moved up the rankings following the disqualification of two crews from Russia after...

Dave McNulty in front of the new video monitors in the London 2012 Legacy Pool

Tokyo 2020 Olympic roles with Team GB for British Swimming National Centre Bath coaches David McNulty and Jol Finck

17 October 2019

University of Bath-based swimming coaches David McNulty and Jol Finck have been nominated by British Swimming to take on key roles with Team GB during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next summer. McNulty (pictured top) has been Lead Coach at the British Swimming National Centre Bath during the past three Olympic cycles and helped to guide Michael Jamieson, Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Chris Walker-Hebborn to silver medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Finck...

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