News Archive, Category: People


Strength and Conditioning Coach Bob Smith completes 50th half-marathon in 50 weeks with help from Team Bath athletes and staff

14 December 2016

More than 50 Team Bath athletes and staff joined Strength and Conditioning Coach Bob Smith run his 50th half-marathon in just 50 weeks in aid of raising money for Bristol Children's Hospital. The outstanding achievement, which will be complete when Bob runs half-marathons 51 and 52 before the New Year, took his Grand Appeal total closer to the target of £12,000 he has set for the end of the year. Runners included Olympian Ben Fletcher...

Join Bob Smith on the run at University of Bath as S&C coach completes half-marathon half-century

03 December 2016

University of Bath strength and conditioning coach Bob Smith is looking for people to run alongside him when he takes on his 50th fundraising half-marathon of 2016 later this month. While Bob will once again be running 13.1 miles, as he has done every week this year to support Bristol Children’s Hospital, other people can join him for as much of the challenge as they like – from 1km through to the full distance. The...

Polly Maton

06 July 2016

Sport: Athletics Event: T47 100m, long jump Date of birth: 23/10/1999 Coach: Colin Baross Biography: Devizes schoolgirl Polly, a below-the-elbow amputee, only made her international debut in 2014 after being spotted at a talent identification event. Coached by Colin Baross at the University of Bath, she won three gold medals at the IWAS Junior Championships in 2014 and went on to compete at the IPC World Championships the following year, finishing fifth in the long...

Nicole Walters

06 July 2016

Sport: Para-triathlon (guide to Melissa Reid) Event: PT5 Date of birth: 21.07.1989 Course: Sport & Exercise Science (graduate) Date selected for Rio: July 15 Twitter: @coleywalters   Notable achievements 2013: Gold at World Para-Triathlon Championships in London; gold at ETU Para-triathlon European Championships in Antalya, Turkey. 2014: Silver at ITU Para-triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Canada; silver at ETU Para-triathlon European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria. 2015: Bronze at ETU Para-triathlon European Championships in Geneva, Switzerland....

Piers Gilliver

23 May 2016

Sport: Wheelchair Fencing Event: Epee, foil Date of birth: 17.09.1994 Place of birth: Forest of Dean Coach: Peter Rome Date selected for Rio: July 5 Twitter: @PiersGilliver Biography: Piers first tried wheelchair fencing in 2010 and was selected to make his international debut two years later. He was part of the BPA’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme for London 2012 and went on to be crowned Junior World Champion in 2013. He has been training at the University...

George Lavendar took part in the 2015 Zambia IDEALS project

BLOG: Return to Africa as students take part in Zambia IDEALS project for 11th year

20 May 2016

University of Bath students are once again preparing to fly out to Africa to take part in the Zambia IDEALS project. It is the 11th summer that students from Bath have participated in the scheme, which sees them work in a sports development and coaching capacity at the heart of local communities in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. BSc Sports Performance student George Lavender took part last year and is returning to Zambia this summer as...

Zachary Pallier

02 March 2016

Sport: Badminton Course: Biology Sporting history: Zachary started playing badminton casually when he was 10 years old at an after-school club and was soon scouted by the county coach for performance development. Since then he has gone on to represent his county at both junior and senior levels, play in many national circuit tournaments and represent the University of Bath at both the BUCS individual championships and as a member of the 1st team. Zachary, club captain of badminton, has completed...

Lily Honor

02 March 2016

Sport: Football Sporting history: Lily started playing football when she was four years old after her dad took her along to her brother’s football matches and, in hope of curbing some of her energy, he introduced her to the sport as well.  Lily then proceeded to skip all around the field during games! Greatest achievement/highlight: Winning the Israeli Cup Why Lily is part of the Team Bath Athlete Forum: Lily says: "I am part of the Forum because I feel it...

Mark Threlfall

02 March 2016

Sport: Triathlon Sporting history: Mark switched from swimming to triathlon in 2006, having previously been a member of Team Bath Swimming for a number of years. Greatest achievement/highlight: Bronze - Ironman 70.3 UK Silver - European Duathlon Why Mark is part of the Team Bath Athlete Forum: Mark says: "I’m passionate about Team Bath and triathlon being part of the centre. I would like to help develop the squad and work closely with others within the centre."

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