Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Thirty University of Bath-based sportspeople representing eight different countries competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast from April 4-15 – winning a super 17 medals between them.

Team Bath Netball duo Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Kadeen Corbin helped England win a historic first Commonwealth Games gold medal, while swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Connor successfully defended her 200m individual medley title.

That was one of 12 medals won in the pool by University-based swimmers, including four silvers and a bronze for James Guy. Eilidh Doyle and Leon Reid won medals on the athletics track and Vicky Holland added a triathlon mixed team relay silver to her medal collection.

Six students were among those competing, including swimmer Anna Hopkin (Sport & Exercise Science, Thompson Education Trust scholar) who won 4x100m freestyle relay bronze and contested four finals. The other students taking part were Cameron Chalmers (athletics, Sports Performance, Thompson Education Trust scholar), Jenny Nesbitt (athletics, Sports & Social Sciences, Trendell scholar), Jessica Li (badminton, Economics & Mathematics), Guy Davies (swimming, Biology) and Miles Munro (swimming, Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering).

A further 11 graduates also took part, with three of them – Deborah Fleming, Natasha Hunt and Amy Wilson Hardy – winning bronze with England’s women in the rugby sevens.

Roll of honour

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England, swimming, 200m IM) James Guy (England, swimming, 4x100m freestyle relay) James Guy (England, swimming, 400m freestyle)
Eboni Beckford-Chambers (England, netball) James Guy (England, swimming, 4x200m freestyle relay) Anna Hopkin (England, swimming, 4x100m freestyle relay)
Kadeen Corbin (England, netball) Cameron Kurle (England, swimming, 4x200m freestyle relay) Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England, swimming, 4x100m freestyle relay)
  James Guy (England, swimming, 100m butterfly) Chloe Tutton (Wales, swimming, 200m breaststroke)
  Vicky Holland (England, triathlon, mixed team relay) Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England, swimming, 4x200m freestyle relay)
  James Guy (England, swimming, 4x100m medley relay) Chloe Tutton (Wales, swimming, 4x100m medley relay)
  Eilidh Doyle (Scotland, athletics, 4oom hurdles) Leon Reid (Northern Ireland, athletics, 200m)
    Deborah Fleming (England, rugby sevens)
    Natasha Hunt (England, rugby sevens)
    Amy Wilson Hardy (England, rugby sevens)

Click here for a full results round-up from Gold Coast 2018

Daily news reports

Selected athletes (* denotes graduate not training at STV)

Athletics: Cameron Chalmers (Guernsey), Rosie Clarke* (England), Emily Diamond (England), Eilidh Doyle (Scotland), Tom Gale (England), Jack Green* (England), Katrina Hart (England), David King (England), Kirsten McAslan* (Scotland), Jenny Nesbitt (Wales), Leon Reid (Northern Ireland), Daphne Schrager (England).

Badminton: Ben Li (Isle of Man), Jessica Li (Isle of Man), Emily Temple-Redshaw (Jersey).

Beach volleyball: Jess Grimson* (England), Vicky Palmer* (England).

Hockey: Eloise Laity* (Wales), Lewis Prosser* (Wales), Leah Wilkinson* (Wales).

Netball: Eboni Beckford-Chambers (England), Kadeen Corbin (England), Chelsea Lewis (Wales), Amanda Varey (Wales), Zanele Vimbela (South Africa).

Rugby sevens: Deborah Fleming* (England), Natasha Hunt* (England), Amy Wilson Hardy* (England).

Shooting: Kristian Callaghan (England).

Swimming: Jazz Carlin (Wales), Guy Davies (Isle of Man), Jessica Fullalove (England), James Guy (England), Anna Hopkin (England), Calum Jarvis (Wales), Cameron Kurle (England), Miles Munro (Guernsey), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England), Chloe Tutton (Wales), Andrew Willis (England).

Triathlon: Vicky Holland (England).

Parade of medallists

University of Bath-based medallists in athletics, swimming and triathlon got the chance to show their medals to an appreciative four-figure crowd ahead of Team Bath Netball’s Superleague match against Severn Stars on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Athlete Eilidh Doyle and triathlete Vicky Holland, who both won silver in Australia, were joined on court by British Swimming National Centre stars Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, James Guy, Cameron Kurle and Chloe Tutton plus University of Bath student-swimmer Anna Hopkin – they won 11 medals between them, including five for Guy and 200m individual medley gold for O’Connor.

They were interviewed by on-court presenters Kate Grey and Samantha Murray, the Olympic modern pentathlon silver-medallist. Watch the parade here…

Commonwealth Big Lunch

As part of the build-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the University of Bath played host to the UK’s first Commonwealth Big Lunch on March 13, 2018.

More than 130 guests, including five-time Olympic medallist and UK Sport Chair Dame Katherine Grainger, gathered at the Sports Training Village to give a rousing send-off to the 30 University-based athletes who will be competing in Australia.

The event also doubled as a homecoming celebration for skeleton athlete Laura Deas after her bronze-medal success at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Click here to find out more about the Commonwealth Big Lunch or watch the video above.

Two Games, One Base

Demonstrating the depth and range of outstanding sporting talent at the University of Bath is the fact that athletes from both the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games prepared alongside each other to take on the world.

Skeleton bronze-medallist Laura Deas said: “It’s fantastic to train with people from other sports – we know what we do, and we do it very well, but it’s inspiring to watch other athletes come into the gym and train in a very different way.”

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