News Archive, Tag: Paul Blake

High hopes of medals for University-based athletes as Rio 2016 Paralympic Games begin

07 September 2016

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games start today and there are high hopes of medal success among the University of Bath-based athletes past and present competing for ParalympicsGB over the next 11 days. Polly Maton, a 16-year-old athlete coached at the Sports Training Village by Colin Baross, is in action when competition gets fully under way on Thursday and will contest the T47 long jump final at 10.11pm BST. She returns to the Olympic Stadium on...

Sprinters Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton join Rio-bound contingent after Paralympic Games selection

26 July 2016

Teenage sprinters Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton today became the latest University of Bath-based athletes to be selected by ParalympicsGB for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Nineteen-year-old Kamlish – who competed at London 2012 (pictured) – had her place confirmed in the second wave of athletics selections, three days after setting a new T44 100m national record at the IPC Grand Prix Final. That run of 13.35 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London was the third fastest...

Melissa Reid and Nicole Walters in action at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event. PICTURE: ITU/Delly Carr

Para-triathlon guide Nicole Walters set to make history with ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016

15 July 2016

Nicole Walters has become the third University of Bath-based athlete to be selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games after being named in the history-making para-triathlon squad. The Sport & Exercise Science graduate, who still trains at the University, will act as guide for visually-impaired Melissa Reid when the sport makes its debut on the Paralympic programme this summer. Former Team Bath swimmer David Hill has also been selected in the ParalympicsGB team – he...

Spanish success for Paul Blake as Rio 2016 Paralympics countdown continues

16 May 2016

University of Bath-based athlete Paul Blake continued his preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by producing an impressive win in Spain over the weekend. The triple World Champion, making his second international appearance of the season, clocked 54.98 to take victory in the T36 400m at the XI International Meeting Kern Pharma Grand Prix in Sauleda. Blake is coached by Rob Ellchuk at the Sports Training Village. University of Bath Business Masters graduate Lawrence...

Paralympics London 2012 - Paul Blake celebrates winning a Silver Medal after competing in the Men's 400m - T36 Final. Photo: Richard Washbrooke/ParalympicsGB

New fundraising campaign launched to Supercharge ParalympicsGB for Rio 2016 and beyond

07 January 2016

People are being encouraged to help ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ by supporting a new fundraising campaign launched today. All money raised will help to fund the ParalympicsGB team – including a number of athletes based at the University of Bath – not only at the Rio 2016 Games but also at Pyongchang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022. The British Paralympic Association (BPA), a registered charity, has historically received some public fundraising support but the Supercharge ParalympicsGB...

Kate French almost went clear in the ride during the European Championships women's final

2015 – another unforgettable year of sport at the University of Bath

26 December 2015

Welcoming the Wallabies, hosting Europe’s finest all-round athletes and celebrating success on the domestic and international stage – 2015 has been another sporting year to savour at the University of Bath. And 2016 promises to be another terrific 12 months, with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place during the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The Road to Rio passed through the Sports Training Village (STV) in August 2015 as the Modern Pentathlon European...

Captain marvel Paul Blake leads from front to retain 800m gold at IPC World Championships

26 October 2015

Paul Blake produced a captain’s performance to successfully defend his IPC Athletic World Championships T36 800m title in thrilling style in Doha on Monday. The British men’s team captain, coached by Rob Ellchuk at the University of Bath, took the race by the scruff of the neck and opened up a 15m lead after completing the first 400m in 62 seconds. He dug deep to maintain that advantage coming down the back straight and then...

Paul Blake. Photo: Sam Farr

Silver lining for Paul Blake at IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha

23 October 2015

Paul Blake secured the sixth IPC Athletics World Championships medal of his career when he won T36 400m silver in Doha on Friday. The British men’s team captain, coached by Rob Ellchuk at the University of Bath, ran a season’s best time of 54.58 as he finished runner-up to defending champion Evgenii Shvetcov of Russia in the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium. In humid and breezy conditions, Blake made a strong start but Shvetcov moved away and...

Paul Blake. Photo: Sam Farr

Paul Blake sets up 400m final showdown with Russian rival at IPC World Championships

22 October 2015

Paul Blake is safely through to Friday’s T36 400m final at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. The 25-year-old, coached by Rob Ellchuk at the University of Bath, won the second semi-final in 56.62 on Thursday morning. Evgenii Shvetcov, Blake’s main rival for the gold medal, took the honours in the first semi in 57.65. Blake won the 400m title at the 2011 World Championships but had to settle for silver behind Shvetcov in...

Paralympics London 2012 - Paul Blake in the 800m. Photo: Neil Munns/ParalympicsGB

Paul Blake to captain British Athletics team at IPC World Championships in Doha

20 October 2015

University of Bath-based athlete Paul Blake says he is honoured and surprised to be named alongside Laura Sugar as the British Athletics team captains for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. Blake, coached by Rob Ellchuk at the Sports Training Village, will be bidding for a third successive world title when the championships take place in the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium from October 22-31. And the 25-year-old, who also won two medals at the London...

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