Victory is sweet. Credit: British Triathlon/ David Pearce
2018 World Champion Vicky Holland is a multiple medallist on the international stage. Credit: British Triathlon/ David Pearce

The University of Bath Sports Training Village has, since January 2017, been home to British Triathlon’s Bath National Pathway Centre.

Triathletes on the programme train on the indoor and outdoor athletics track, in the Olympic-sized London 2012 Legacy Swimming Pool and in the Team Bath Gym and Fitness Centre.

The Bath National Pathway Centre, led by Jack Hall, comprises of two performance squads – a High Performance Squad and a BUCS Performance Group for students. The programmes are integrated, offering student athletes the opportunity to train and work alongside elite athletes.

Famous faces

Among the current triathletes training at the University of Bath is Chemical Engineering student Leon Chevalier, who finished sixth on his IRONMAN World Championships debut in May 2022. Kat Matthews, a silver-medallist in the women’s race, receives physio and sport science support at the University through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

Three-time Olympian Vicky Holland, who made history at Rio 2016 when she became the first British woman to win an Olympic medal as she claimed a brilliant bronze, trained at the University from 2017 through to the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021. During that time she was crowned as the ITU World Series Champion in 2018. She is also a multiple medallist at the Commonwealth Games and on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit.

Para-triathlete Michael Taylor, a double silver-medallist on the World Para Triathlon Series in 2021, also trains with the High Performance Squad and made his Paralympics debut at Tokyo 2020. Click here to see a video with Michael about his sporting journey.

India Lee, who won gold at the 2016 European Championships, also does some of her training at the University of Bath.

Nicole Walters, a Sport & Exercise Science graduate who still trains at the University of Bath, was guide to Melissa Reid when they won women’s PT5 bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

One of the sport’s most successful athletes also trained at the University during the 1990s, Simon Lessing winning five ITU world titles, plus two silver medals and a bronze, between 1992 and 1999.

Student sport

Click here to find out more about the University of Bath Triathlon Club.

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