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Peter Perera sails as the forward member of a crew of two
Peter Perera sails as the forward member of a crew of two
Ben Rushgrove with his coach Rob Ellchuk, University athletics coach
Ben Rushgrove with his coach Rob Ellchuk, University athletics coach

Press Release - 10 September 2008

Exciting sporting talent amongst Bath’s new student intake

The University of Bath is to welcome three new talented sportsmen in its intake of undergraduates this year.

Between them the students excel in the fields of sailing, athletics and rugby: two are medal hopefuls for the London 2012 Games; one has been signed to play for Bath Rugby.

Paul Roberts joins the University from Colston’s School in Bristol. A rare sporting talent, Paul has been selected for the Bath Rugby Academy and will be playing fly-half for the team. He will be studying Economics and Politics in the University’s Department of Economics & International Development.

“My interest in economics has grown from a young age. I feel ready and excited about the prospect of university,” said Paul who is originally from Berkshire.

“I hope that I will be able to continue enjoying my rugby into and beyond university, playing for Bath seems to be the perfect balance.”

Peter Perera is already well-known in the field of international sailing. Tipped for gold in London’s 2012 Olympics and a member of the Great Britain sailing team, he has already achieved the title of junior world champion.

He has recently been selected for the world championships and will compete on Lake Garda in Italy in January 2009.

Peter is especially notable in that he joins the University to study Coach Education and Sports Development despite coping with dyslexia and after missing large amounts of schooling due to his international sailing commitments.

Peter will receive study support through the University’s dedicated learning support services on account of his dyslexia. Last year, the University supported more than 700 students with learning difficulties.

“I consider the choice of Bath with its academic reputation and sporting facilities as the university for me,” said Peter, who trains at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth.

“My future dreams are to finish university with a degree and to win an Olympic gold at London 2012.”

Successful Paralympian Ben Rushgrove will be building on his foundation studies at the University when he commences an honours degree in Sports Performance this term. The sprinter stormed to 100m silver in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing earlier this week.

The students will join around 2,400 new first year undergraduates for their University inductions at the end of September.

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