Selected athletes

An impressive number of athletes with University of Bath links were selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across a wide range of sports.

Information about how they fared at the Games can be found on our London 2012 Schedules and Results page

Athletics

Paul Blake

Paul Blake. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Athletics, T36 400m and 800m

Paul is an outstanding Paralympic middle-distance runner who is currently a world champion and a world record holder.

Paul, coached by Rob Ellchuk, made history at the London 2012 Paralympic athletics test event in May 2012 when he clocked a new World Record in the T36 1500m.

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Eilidh Child

Eilidh Child. Photo: Scottish AthleticsSport/event >
Athletics, 400m  hurdles

Eilidh makes her Olympic debut at London 2012. She collected her first major international medal, a silver, for Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Lawrence Clarke

Sport/event >
Athletics, 110m hurdles

Coached by Malcolm Arnold, Lawrence struck gold at the 2009 European Junior Championships and then collected bronze in the 110m hurdles at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2011 European Under-23 Championships. An Old Etonian, he makes his Olympic debut at London 2012.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Jack Green

Jack Green. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Athletics, 400m hurdles & 4x400m relay

Still only 20, Jack makes his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games. The Sports Performance student stuck gold in the 400m hurdles at the 2011 European Under-23 Championships and made his World Championships debut last year, just missing out on a place in the final.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Dai Greene

Dai GreeneSport / Event >
Athletics, 400m hurdles & 4x400m relay

Dai will be aiming to complete an impressive collection of titles at London 2012 by adding the Olympic 400m hurdle crown to the World Championship gold he won last year and the European and Commonwealth titles he collected in 2010.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Katrina Hart

Katrina Hart. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Athletics, T37 100m & 200m

Katrina struck double gold at the BT Paralympic World Cup competition in Manchester in May 2012.

Hart, a reigning Commonwealth and World Champion, completed a sprint double in the T37 100m and 200m.

The 23-year-old University of Bath Sports Performance graduate looked in impressive form as she took the 100m title in 14.43 seconds and followed that up with 30.14 to take gold over 200m, running against quality fields and into a strong headwind on both occasions.

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Sophie Kamlish

Sophie Kamlish. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Athletics, T42/43/44 100m and 200m

Sophie competed at her first senior international competition at the BT Paralympic World Cup at Manchester in May 2012 and achieved a bronze medal. She finished fourth in the T42/43/44 100m and then followed it up by taking two seconds off her personal best to take bronze in the 200m.

She also had the distinction of becoming the first athlete identified through the Playground to Podium initiative to achieve international honours.

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Lee Merrien

Lee MerrienSport / Event >
Athletics; marathon

Lee graduated from the University of Bath with an HND in Coach Education and Sports Performance in 2004.

Lee has been selected to run the marathon for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Guernsey-based athlete was the first British runner home at the 2012 London Marathon in April, finishing in 17th in a personal best time of 2:13.41.

Graduate Merrien to run London 2012 marathon – press release

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Marilyn Okoro

Marilyn OkoroSport / Event >
Athletics, 4x400m relay

Marilyn competes at her second Olympic Games after running the 800m for Great Britain at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, when she reached the semi-finals. Named as a member of the 4x400m relay squad for London 2012.

Marilyn graduated from the University of Bath with a BA degree in French and Politics in 2007.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Andrew Pozzi

Sport / Event >

Athletics, 110m hurdles

Still only 20, Andrew makes his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games, lininng up alongside training partner Lawrence Clarke. Andrew silver collected silver at the 2011 European Junior Championships and produced a terrific performance to win the Olympic trails in Birmingham.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Ben Rushgrove

Ben Rushgrove. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Athletics, T36 100m and 200m

Ben, a former University of Bath Sports Personality of the Year, runs the T36 100m and 200m.

He won silver in the T36 100m at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

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Danny Talbot

Sport/event >

Athletics, 4x100m relay

Sports Performance Danny won a bronze medal over 200m at the European Championships just days before being selected as a member of the GB 4x100m relay squad for the London 2012 Olympics.

Six University of Bath-based athletes named in GB team for London 2012

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Badminton

Hadia Hosny El Said

Sport / Event >
Badminton, women’s singlesHadia Hosny El Said

In the 2008 Beijing Games Hadia made a piece of history by becoming the first Egyptian and the first Arabic badminton player to play at the Olympic Games.

Hadia qualified a spot for London 2012 by finishing as the highest African women’s singles player in the world rankings during the Olympic qualifying period.

Hadia qualifies place at London 2012 Olympic Games

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Beach Volleyball

Zara Dampney

Zara Dampney. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Beach volleyball 

Zara and partner Shauna Mullin make their Olympic debuts at London 2012. They have been playing together since 2009 and were ranked 37th in the world at the time of their selection for Team GB at the beginning of July.

Beach volleyball pair to compete at London 2012 Olympics

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Shauna Mullin

Shauna Mullin. Photo: Sam FarrSport / Event >
Beach volleyball

Shauna and partner Zara Dampney will become the first pair to represent GB at beach volleyball at an Olympics Games since 1996. They have played together internationally since 2009 and results to date include 17th at the 2011 World Championships, where they lost to Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the USA.

Beach volleyball pair to compete at London 2012 Olympics

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Fencing

Natalia Sheppard

Natalia SheppardSport / Event >
Fencing – individual and team foil

Natalia graduated from the University of Bath with Mathematics and Computing Degree.

London 2012 will be Natalia’s first Olympic Games.

Natalia to fence at London 2012 – press release

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Football

Darren Harris

Sport / Event >
Football; five-a-side

Darren HarrisFormer Team Bath judo player Darren Harris had been selected to compete at his second successive Paralympic Games – but this time as a footballer.

He represented Great Britain in the judo competition at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and returns to action at London 2012, this time as a member of the Great Britain five-a-side football squad in a competition for players with a visual impairment.

Darren named in ParalympicsGB five-a-side squad for London 2012 – press release

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Hockey

Richard Mantell at World Cup 2006. Photo: Grant Treeby 11/9/2006Sport / Event >
GB men’s hockey reserve

University of Bath graduate Richard Mantell has been named as a reserve for the GB men’s hockey team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Mantell is one of two reserves who can be added to the GB squad if a current member of the 16-strong squad is ruled out through injury or illness.

Mantell, now 30, graduated from the University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2004, the year he received a Full Blue at the University.

Mantell named as GB hockey reserve for Olympics – press release

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Judo

Emmanuel Nartey

Emmanuel NarteySport / Event >
Judo, -73g

Emmanuel will fulfil a lifelong dream by competing at his first Olympic Games and in doing so become the first Ghanaian to represent his country in judo, by securing his qualification to the games after finishing fifth-place at the African Championships in April.

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Gemma Gibbons

Sport / Event >
Judo, -78kg

Gemma GibbonsUniversity of Bath graduate Gemma Gibbons  won bronze in the under-70kg class at the 2009 World University Games, shortly after graduating with a degree in Sports Performance.

She will be making her Olympic debut at the Games contesting the 78kg class.

Judo Gemmas selected for London 2012 – press release

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Gemma Howell

Gemma HowellSport / Event >
Judo, -63kg

Gemma is due to start a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University at the beginning of the 2012/3 academic year.

She was named in the 14-strong Team GB judo team to compete at the Games, where she will make her Olympic debut competing in the under-63kg class.

Judo Gemmas selected for London 2012 – press release

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Modern Pentathlon

Samantha Murray

Samantha MurraySport / Event >
Modern Pentathlon

University of Bath French and Politics student Samantha Murray produced the best performance of her career to win bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Rome.

Her World Championships performance followed some equally impressive displays on the World Cup circuit in 2012, with sixth place in the USA in March followed by fourth in Hungary in April and then bronze in Russia – her first World Cup medal – just a week later.

Murray makes her Olympic debut in London on Sunday 12 August.

Bath-based quartet named in London 2012 modern pentathlon team – press release

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Mhairi Spence

Sport / Event >
Modern Pentathlon

Mhairi achieved the best result of her career to date by winning the World Championships in Rome in May 2012 – a performance that took her to number two in the world rankings.

She became the first British woman to win individual gold at a Modern Pentathlon World Championships since Steph Cook in 2001.

Spence makes her Olympic debut in London on Sunday 12 August.

Bath-based quartet named in London 2012 modern pentathlon team – press release

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Sam Weale

Sam WealeSport / Event >
Modern Pentathlon

Sam made a piece of history in 2010 when he became the first British man to win an individual medal at a modern pentathlon European Championships.

Sam produced a terrific run/shoot to climb from seventh place to second and take the silver medal behind David Svoboda of the Czech Republic at Debrecen in Hungary.

In 2008 Sam and team-mate Nick Woodbridge became the first British men to qualify to represent Great Britain in an Olympic modern pentathlon since 1986. Sam’s 10th place finish was the best placing achieved since Graham Brookhouse’s eighth in 1992.

Bath-based quartet named in London 2012 modern pentathlon team – press release

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Nick Woodbridge

Nick Woodbridge with medalSport / Event >
Modern Pentathlon

In 2008 Nick and team-mate Sam Weale became the first British men to qualify to represent Great Britain in an Olympic modern pentathlon since 1986. Nick went on to finish 25th overall in Beijing.

He won an individual bronze medal in London, July 2011 at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup.

Nick goes into action at this year’s Games on Saturday 11 August.

Bath-based quartet named in London 2012 modern pentathlon team – press release

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Georgina Cassar

Sport/event >

Rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around

Georgina makes a piece of history at the London 2012 Games when she becomes the first Gibraltarian to compete at an Olympics. She represented Gibraltar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Rhythmic gymnastics group selected for London 2012 – press release

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Jade Faulkner

Sport/event >

Rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around

Jade was selected for the national squad for the first time in 2006 and has since gone on to compete at a numner of international events, including the 2009 World Championships in Japan.

Rhythmic gymnastics group selected for London 2012 – press release

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Frankie Fox

Sport/event >

Rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around

Frankie took up gymnastics aged five when spotted by a coach at her sister’s trampoline party. Represented Great Britain in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2009 World Championships and then England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, winning bronze in the team all-around event and finishing 11th in the individual all-around competition.

Rhythmic gymnastics group selected for London 2012 – press release

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Lynne Hutchison

Sport/event >

Rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around

Lynne was born in Japan and moved to Great Britain with her family as a child. She started gymnastics as a six-year-old and won a bronze medal with the England team in the all-around team competition at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. She was also the highest placed England athlete in the individual all-around competition in ninth.

Rhythmic gymnastics group selected for London 2012 – press release

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Louisa Pouli

Sport/event >

Rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around

Louisa was raised in Greece but has lived in the UK for several years now and moved to Bath to pursue the group’s goal of representing Great Britain at the Olympics.

Rhythmic gymnastics group selected for London 2012 – press release

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Rachel Smith

Sport/event >

Rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around

Rachel is team captain. Originally from Coventry, she is an experienced internatinal competitor.

Rhythmic gymnastics group selected for London 2012 – press release

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Rowing

Marcus Bateman

Sport / Event >
Rowing, men’s openweight reserve

Marcus gradauted from the University of Bath with a Sports Technology degree. In 2012 he won bronze with the GB men’s eight at the Munich World Cup and silver, again with the eight, at the Lucerne World Cup.

He was selected as openweight reserve for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Graduates named as GB Olympic rowing reserves – press release

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Adam Freeman-Pask

Sport / Event >

Rowing, men’s lightweight reserve

Adam graduated from the University of Bath with a Natural Sciences degree in 2006. His rowing achievement include golds in the lightweight men’s pair at both the 2012 Munich and Belgrade World Cups.

Graduates named as GB Olympic rowing reserves – press release

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Helen Glover

Sport / Event >
Rowing; women’s pair

Helen Glover. World Cup 2012 Belgrade, Serbia. Photo: Peter Spurrier / Intersport ImagesRowing world championship medallist Helen Glover became one of the first athletes discovered through Talent ID programme Sporting Giants to be selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

Having won medals at world championship and world cup level over the past four years, most recently with crewmate Heather Stanning claiming gold medals at both of the World Cup events so far in 2012, both are strong medal prospects for London 2012.

Graduate Heather to make Olympic rowing debut – press release featuring Helen

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David Smith

Sport / Event >
Rowing; mixed coxed fours crew

At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Dave raced in the LTA mixed coxed four with crewmates Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, James Roe and (cox), Lily van den Broecke. The crew won a fine Gold medal finishing over two seconds ahead of Germany.

Defiant David hails best day of his life

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Heather Stanning

Sport / Event >
Rowing; women’s pair

Heather Stanning. World Cup 2012 Belgrade, Serbia. Photo: Peter Spurrier / Intersport ImagesThe 2011 World Cup series started in the best possible way for Stanning and Glover, when they clinched the gold medal in the womens pair in Munich. The pair continued their rise to prominence at the final World Cup event in Lucerne, beating the reigning world champions from New Zealand to the gold medal.

Stanning and Glover have continued their golden streak in 2012, winning the womens pair at the first two World Cup events, in Belgrade and Lucerne.

Now, having been selected to represent Team GB, she will now look forward to competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Graduate Heather to make Olympic rowing debut – press release

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Victoria Thornley

Sport / Event >
Rowing; women’s eight

Victoria Thornley. Photo: Peter Spurrier/Intersport ImagesRowing world championship medallists Victoria Thornley became one of the first athletes discovered through Talent ID programme Sporting Giants to be selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

Former catwalk model and show jumper Victoria Thornley said: “All I knew in 2007 about rowing was Sir Steve Redgrave’s name and it’s quite strange how one advert led to my life changing.

“This Olympics was always the aim, but I knew it was going to be hard. You don’t let yourself think anything about the Olympics until you are actually selected.”

Graduate Heather to make Olympic rowing debut – press release featuring Victoria

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Sailing

Alexandra Rickham

Alexandra Rickham (Richard Langdon/ Skandia Team GBR)Sport / Event >
Sailing; SKUD 18

Four-times world sailing champion Alexandra competes at her second Paralympic Games at London 2012. The University of Bath Natural Sciences graduate and her sailing partner, Niki Burrell, finished fifth in the SKUD 18 class at the Beijing 2008 Games.

Since then the pair have dominated the SKUD 18 keelboat class at the World Championships, taking gold in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Alexandra selected for 2012 – press release

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Swimming

Michael Jamieson

Michael JamiesonSport / Event >
Swimming; 100m and 200m breaststroke

Sports Performance student and British Gas Bath Intensive Training Centre (ITC) swimmer Michael Jamieson came second at the British Championships, held at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre and achieved the Olympic qualifying standard.

Jamieson, the Commonwealth Games silver medallist, came home in 2:09.84.

Willis and Jamieson achieve Olympic qualifying standard – press release

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Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson. Photo: onEditionSport / Event >
Swimming; 100m breaststroke SB6

The peak of Liz’s swimming career to date came when she struck gold in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Beijing was her second Paralympic Games and followed followed a silver medal in the same event in Athens in 2004, four years after she was first selected to represent Great Britain.

Other major career successes include a hat-trick of gold medals at the 2006 World Championships in Durban, South Africa, when she won the 100m breaststroke and helped Great Britain to two relay titles.

Liz named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012 – press release

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Nyree Kindred MBE

Nyree Kindred. Photo: onEditionSport / Event >
Swimming; 100m breaststroke SB5, 100m backstroke S6 & 200m individual medley SM6

Nyree started her swimming career by becoming Welsh Champion in 1987 and went on to obtain her first GB selection in 1999 for the European Swimming Championships, Braunchweig.

Nyree trained at the Sports Training Village ahead of Sydney 2000.

The double Paralympic champion has competed for Britain in three Games, winning two golds, four silvers and three bronzes.

She has won seven world and seven European Championship medals and was awarded an MBE in 2009.

Liz named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012 – press release featuring Nyree

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Sascha Kindred OBE

Sascha Kindred. Photo: onEditionSport / Event >
Swimming; 200m individual medley SM6, 100m breaststroke SB7 & 50m butterfly S6

Sascha’s first sporting success was winning seven gold medals at the junior championships in 1992; and then he was selected for the GB team in 1993.

He went on to win 2 golds, a silver and a bronze at the 2000 Paralympic in Sydney. Also setting a new World Record in the 200IM at the Games.

Liz named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012 – press release featuring Sascha

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Siobahn-Marie O’Connor

Siobahn-Marie O'ConnorSport / Event >
Swimming, 100m breaststroke

Siobahn-Marie has join the GB swimming team for the Olympics, bringing the total number of Team Bath-based swimmers selected to five.

She becomes the youngest member of the GB swimming team for the Games at 16. She goes in the 100m breaststroke after smashing her personal best to win gold at the ASA Nationals on Saturday 23 June.

Bath pair added to GB swimming team for London 2012 Olympics – press release

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Stephanie Millward

Sport / Event >
Swimming; butterfly, backstroke, freestyle, individual medley

Stephanie competed for ParalympicsGB in Beijing, narrowly missing out on a medal in the 100m Backstroke (S9). London will be her second Games.

Stephanie trained at the University of Bath until 1998 as an able bodied swimmer.

She set a European record to win the gold medal in the 400m Freestyle (S9) at the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Stephanie will take part in the S9 100m Butterfly on 30 August, S9 100m Backstroke on 31 August, S9 400m Freestyle on 4 September and SM9 200m Individual Medley on 6 September.

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Anthony Stephens

Anthony StephensSport / Event >
Swimming

His first Great Britain selection was in 2001 and Anthony went on to win a silver and three bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympics. Classification S5, SB4, S5.

Anthony was disappointed to not achieve a world record at the 2004 Athens Paralympics but is determined to continue winning medals.

Liz named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012 – press release featuring Anthony

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Stacey Tadd

Sport / Event > Stacey Tadd. Photo by: Vaughn Ridley/SWPIX.COM
Swimming; 200m breaststroke

Stacey Tadd became the third University of Bath-based swimmer to achieve an Olympic qualifying standard at the British Championships when she took gold in the 200m breaststroke at the 2012 Aquatics Centre last night.

Tadd knew she had to set a personal best to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard – and she did it in style, holding off a strong challenge from Molly Renshaw to come home in 2:26.63.

Stacey achieves Olympic qualifying standard – press release

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Matthew Walker MBE

Matthew Walker. Photo: onEditionSport / Event >
Swimming; 50m freestyle S7, 100m freestyle S7, 50m butterfly S7 & 200m individual medley SM7

Matthew trained at the University of Bath ahead of the Sydney Games, where he won a gold, a silver and a bronze.

He was also part of the victorious 4x100m relay team that took gold in Beijing 2008.

Liz named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012 – press release featuring Matthew

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Chris Walker-Hebborn

Chris Walker-HebbornSport / Event >
Swimming, 100m and 200m backstroke

Chris, who trains at the British Gas Bath Intensive Training Centre, contests both the 100m and 200m backstroke at London 2012.

Chris’ career highlight was achieving a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m medley at the 2010 XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He has spent the majority of his life swimming.

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Andrew Willis

Andrew WillisSport / Event >
Swimming; 200m breaststroke

University of Bath student Andrew Willis clocked the fastest time for the 200m breaststroke in the world this year to achieve the London 2012 Olympic qualification standard.

The 21-year-old Chemical Engineering student produced a stunning performance to dip more than two seconds under the qualification standard last night at the British Championships, being held at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre.

Willis and Jamieson achieve Olympic qualifying standard – press release

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Tennis

Louise Hunt

Louise Hunt. Photo: onEdition 2012Sport / Event >
Wheelchair Tennis

University of Bath Sports Performance student Louise Hunt will make her Paralympic Games debut at the London 2012 Games after being named in the British wheelchair tennis team on Tuesday 19 June.

Louise, who has just turned 21, is currently ranked number 21 in the world in women’s singles wheelchair tennis rankings and 13th in the doubles.

Student Hunt named in ParalympicsGB team for London 2012 – press release

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