News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Double gold and a massive relay record as Stephanie Millward enjoys more success at London 2019 World Para Swimming Champs

16 September 2019

Team Bath AS swimmer Stephanie Millward added two more global golds to her impressive medal collection during a record-breaking week at the London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships. Millward, who trains in the University of Bath’s London 2012 Legacy Pool, swam a storming anchor leg as she, Alice Tai, Brock Whiston and Toni Shaw won the women’s 34pts 4x100m medley relay title in 4:36.31 – obliterating the previous world record by almost nine seconds....

Wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver ready to take on the world in Cheongju championships

11 September 2019

University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers Piers Gilliver and Dimitri Coutya will be looking to cap stellar seasons – and lay down a marker for Tokyo 2020 – when they represent Great Britain at the IWAS World Championships in South Korea next week. The duo are ranked as the world’s number one epee fencers in Category A and B respectively after winning a host of gold medals on the World Cup circuit. Coutya made history two...

Team medals add to individual podium places for Joe Choong and Kate French as Pentathlon GB excel at World Championships

07 September 2019

University of Bath alumni Joe Choong and Kate French won individual medals and there were team podium places for both the men and women as Pentathlon GB capped an outstanding year with more success at the 2019 Modern Pentathlon World Championships. Mathematics graduate Choong demonstrated the form that has earned him the UIPM Male Modern Pentathlete of the Year honour as he won silver in the men’s final in Hungary, producing his trademark sprint finish...

“I’m expecting noise!” Stephanie Millward excited to return to London for 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships

06 September 2019

Team Bath AS swimmer Stephanie Millward says she is looking forward to experiencing the noise of a home crowd once again when she represents Great Britain at the London 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships next week. Millward won five medals, four of them silver, when she last competed on the international stage at the London Aquatics Centre during the 2012 Paralympic Games. She went on to bag two golds at Rio 2016 and is also a...

Natalie Dunman confirmed as Performance Director for British Skeleton through to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

04 September 2019

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA), based at the University of Bath, has appointed Natalie Dunman as Performance Director for Skeleton on a permanent basis. Dunman will lead the British Skeleton team for the duration of the current Olympic cycle as the team look to build upon their historic hat-trick of medals from PyeongChang in Beijing in 2022. Formerly Lead Talent Scientist at the English Institute of Sport, Dunman initially joined the BBSA on...

(From left) Chris Arbuthnott, Jesse Reynolds and Sophie Pascoe were among the New Zealand para-swimming squad who trained at the University of Bath in September 2019

New Zealand squad enjoying preparation camp at University of Bath ahead of 2019 World Para-Swimming Champs in London

02 September 2019

Nine-time Paralympic gold-medallist Sophie Pascoe is among a world-class New Zealand squad training at the University of Bath ahead of the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships in London. Rio 2016 Paralympians Tupou Neiufi, Hamish McLean and Jesse Reynolds are also joined by Chris Arbuthnott and Celyn Edwards in a six-strong squad who are finalising their preparations at the University’s £35million Sports Training Village until September 6. As well as training in the 50m London 2012 Legacy...

Bath Start graduates help GB Rowing Team secure Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying places at World Rowing Championships

01 September 2019

Three rowers who began their careers on the GB Rowing Team Start talent development programme at the University of Bath have helped qualify boats for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Rio 2016 silver-medallist Vicky Thornley became the first GB women’s single sculler to gain Olympic qualification for 20 years as she finished fourth at the World Rowing Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. [caption id="attachment_62212" align="alignright" width="292"] Sam Courty (right) and Annie Withers; and, top, Sara Parfett...

Dmitry, pictured with his Paralympic medal, won bronze at the Euros today

One year to go – wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver look ahead to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

25 August 2019

With exactly one year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begin, Team Bath TV caught up with University of Bath-based wheelchair fencers Piers Gilliver and Dimitri Coutya to see how their preparations are going. Both are on course to qualify for their second Paralympic Games after winning a host of gold medals on the international stage during the past two seasons, ranking them as the world’s number one epee fencers in Category A...

Sam Courty proud to continue University of Bath tradition as GB Rowing Team Start graduates are selected for World Champs

16 August 2019

Sam Courty says she is proud to continue a University of Bath tradition of aiming to qualify a women’s pair for the Olympic Games after being selected for the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Austria. The Sport & Exercise Science graduate is one of three rowers named in the British squad who started their careers with the GB Rowing Team Start programme at the University’s Sports Training Village, the others being Sara Parfett, who studied...

Vicky Holland crosses the line in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Event

Dramatic Tokyo 2020 Test Event sees Olympic medallist Vicky Holland win triathlon bronze in searing heat in Japan

15 August 2019

University of Bath-based triathlete Vicky Holland won bronze in a dramatic women’s race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Test Event in Japan. The Rio 2016 medallist finished fifth but was elevated to the podium after team-mates Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown, who had placed first and second, were disqualified after crossing the line hand in hand. Officials deemed this to be a ‘contrived tie situation’ and a British Triathlon appeal was rejected. Holland –...

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