Olympic triathlon medallist Vicky Holland has become the latest University of Bath-based athlete to be selected for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
It will be a second Commonwealth Games for Holland, who moved her training base to the Sports Training Village after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
She won the first major individual medal of her career at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, a bronze in the women’s race, and followed that up with gold in the mixed triathlon team relay with the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, and Jodie Stimpson.
The Brownlees will once again join Holland in the Team England squad heading to the Gold Coast in April, along with Tom Bishop, Joe Townsend, Mark Conway, Jade Jones, Lizzie Tench, Sophie Coldwell and Jess Learmonth.
Two-time World Mixed Team Champion Holland, coached by Rhys Davey, secured Commonwealths qualification by medalling at the Olympic Games and placing fifth at May’s Yokohama World Series in Japan. That was her only international competition of 2017 due to a calf injury but she has recently returned to full training.
Today’s news takes the number of University of Bath-based athletes officially selected for the Gold Coast 2018 Games up to eight.
Sports Performance student Cameron Chalmers, supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, will represent Guernsey in athletics while MJ Church ambassador David King, World and Olympic medallist Emily Diamond and emerging high-jump talent Tom Gale are all in the England squad.
British Swimming National Centre Bath trio James Guy, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Andrew Willis have also been selected for England, with more University-based swimmers hoping to set the qualification standard when the Swim England National Winter Championships take place in Sheffield from December 13-17.
Report courtesy of the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd.