News Archive, Tag: Bob Smith

Rio-bound tennis ace Marcus Daniell hails Team Bath MCTA Academy as “best in Britain”

14 July 2016

Tennis ace Marcus Daniell says he is “buzzing” after being selected for Rio 2016 – and hopes his Olympic adventure will encourage more players to join the Team Bath MCTA Academy. Daniell will represent his native New Zealand in a star-studded Olympic men’s doubles competition featuring newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Selection comes four years after Daniell moved his training base to the University of Bath, during which time he...

Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Marcus Daniell (right) with coach Dave Sammel in Paris during the 2016 French Open

Milestone moment as Team Bath MCTA Tennis ace Marcus Daniell is selected for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

01 July 2016

With just five weeks to go until the Olympic Games get under way, Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Marcus Daniell today became the 12th University of Bath-based athlete to be officially selected for Rio 2016. The 26-year-old will be mixing it with the likes of Andy and Jamie Murray after being named alongside Michael Venus in the men’s doubles by his native New Zealand. It continues a meteoric rise for Daniell, who was 398th in...

S&C coach Luke Vella set an unofficial weightlifting world record in the Team Bath Gym in April 2016

VIDEO: Hundreds roar fundraising S&C coach to new weightlifting world record in Team Bath Gym

28 April 2016

Strength & conditioning coach Luke Vella set an unofficial new world weightlifting record in front of a big crowd at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Wednesday. In the process he has raised thousands of pounds for Bristol Children’s Hospital, who saved the life of his friend and fellow Team Bath coach Bob Smith’s baby daughter. More than 300 people – including the judo, rugby and tennis players that Vella trains at the...

Bob Smith (left) and Luke Vella (right) are both raising money for The Grand Appeal in 2016

World-record attempt at STV this week as S&C coach takes on charity weightlifting challenge

25 April 2016

A strength & conditioning coach at the University of Bath will attempt to break a world record at the Sports Training Village this week to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital, after it helped save the life of his friend’s baby daughter. Luke Vella is hoping to break the world record for the heaviest weight deadlifted in 60 seconds. The current record stands at 5,520kg, which Luke hopes to beat with a lift of 5,600kg. To achieve...

Strength & conditioning coach Bob Smith with comedian Russell Howard at the 2016 Bath Half

“Runner’s high” for Bob Smith as University fundraisers hit streets for Bath Half

15 March 2016

Staff and athletes at the University of Bath were among the 12,700 runners who took part in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on Sunday. For Bob Smith, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Team Bath MCTA International High-Performance Tennis Academy, it was his 11th half-marathon in as many weeks as he continues his inspirational fundraising effort for the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal at Bristol Children’s Hospital. His baby daughter Autumn was rushed to...

Bob Smith with daughter Autumn

No half measures from S&C coach Bob Smith in his marathon fundraising efforts for Bristol Children’s Hospital

11 March 2016

University of Bath strength and conditioning coach Bob Smith will run his 11th half-marathon of the year on Sunday when he takes part in the 2016 Vitality Bath Half. It is part of an inspirational fundraising effort by Bob, Senior S&C coach with the Team Bath MCTA International High Performance Tennis Academy, which will see him run a half-marathon every week during 2016 – nearly 700 miles in total. He set himself the challenge to raise money...

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