A host of sportspeople training at the University of Bath are set to represent their countries on the greatest stage when the Japanese capital city of Tokyo hosts the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021.
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which have been delayed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021 and feature a record 33 sports.
Heading to the Tokyo Olympics are 20 sportspeople who currently train at the University in athletics, judo, modern pentathlon, swimming and triathlon, plus seven graduates and nine athletes who were based at the Team Bath Sports Training Village previously in their careers.
The Paralympic Games, which will now take place from August 24 to September 5 2021, will feature 22 sports. Seven University-based sportspeople and one graduate have been selected in the ParalympicsGB squad in athletics, paratriathlon, swimming, wheelchair fencing and paracanoeing.
Vicky Holland, of the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre, was the first University of Bath-based sportsperson to be officially selected for Tokyo when she was named in the Team GB Olympic squad in November 2020. Vicky, the Rio 2016 bronze-medallist and 2018 World Champion, is coached by Rhys Davey at the Sports Training Village. Read the full story by clicking here.
Nine University of Bath-based swimmers were selected by Team GB for the Olympic Games in April. Freya Anderson, Jacob Peters, Kieran Bird, James Guy, Brodie Williams, Matt Richards, Tom Dean and Calum Jarvis all train with the British Swimming National Centre Bath squad, coached by David McNulty and Jol Finck, while former World Champion Ben Proud is coached by University of Bath Head of Swimming Mark Skimming. Read the full story by clicking here.
Team GB’s modern pentathlon squad will once again consist of four University-based athletes, with Joe Choong – the first University-based athlete to set the Tokyo qualification standard when he won men’s individual gold in the Olympic host city at the 2019 World Cup Final – Jamie Cooke, Kate French and Jo Muir of Pentathlon GB being selected in June 2021. Read the full story by clicking here.
Reigning Commonwealth high jump champion Levern Spencer will represent her native St Lucia at a fourth Olympic Games after being confirmed in their squad in June 2021. She will be joined in Tokyo by training partner Tom Gale, who sealed his Team GB place with victory at the Muller British Championships. Both are coached by Denis Doyle at the Sports Training Village. Read the full story by clicking here. 4x400m relay Rio medallist Emily Diamond, who does some of her training at the University, will compete at a third Games after being confirmed in the Team GB squad. Read the full story by clicking here.
Team Bath Judo trio Ben Fletcher, Megan Fletcher and Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz have also booked their places at the Olympic Games after a gruelling qualification process. They will be representing Ireland and Mexico at the Nippon Budokan, judo’s spiritual home. Read the full story by clicking here.
Wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya, Piers Gilliver and Oliver Lam-Watson became the first University of Bath-based athletes to be officially selected for the Tokyo Paralympic Games when their place in the ParalympicsGB squad was confirmed in June 2021. Read the full story by clicking here.
Joining them in the ParalympicsGB squad is swim star Stephanie Millward, a University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport inductee who has ten medals from her previous three appearances at the Paralympic Games. Read the full story by clicking here. Paratriathlete Michael Taylor, who trains with the British Triathlon Bath National Performance Centre, will be making his Games debut in Tokyo. Read the full story by clicking here.
Track and field athletes Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton, both medallists on the World and European stage, will be competing at their third and second games respectively after being selected in the ParalympicsGB athletics squad. Read the full story by clicking here.
University of Bath alumni will also be well represented in Tokyo. Anna Hopkin (Sport & Exercise Science) joins Sports Performance graduate Calum Jarvis in the Team GB swimming squad, Cameron Chalmers and David King (both Sports Performance) are set for their first Games as part of the athletics team, while Sara Parfett (Biology) will make her Olympic debut in a rowing squad that also includes Helen Glover and Vicky Thornley – all three began their careers with the British Rowing World Class Start talent development programme based at Team Bath. Read the full story by clicking here.
Graduates Deborah Fleming (Sport & Social Sciences) and Natasha Hunt (Coach Education & Sports Development) will represent Team GB in the women’s rugby sevens – read the full story by clicking here – and Stuart Wood, who studied Maths and Physics at the University, has been selected in the ParalympicsGB paracanoeing squad.
To Tokyo via Bath
The University of Bath hosted a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympic Games when the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships were staged at the Sports Training Village – home of Pentathlon GB‘s National Training Centre – from August 6-11, 2019.
There were 16 qualifying places up for grabs – eight in the men’s competition, eight in the women’s – and the event took place exactly a year before the Olympic modern pentathlon competition is staged. Among those earning qualification spots for Team GB were Jamie Cooke, who won men’s gold in superb style, and Kate French, who was a silver-medallist in the women’s competition. Click here to read more.
Countdown to the Games
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