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Bath student brings home Britain's first ever aerial skiing gold

Lloyd Wallace brought home Britain's first ever gold medal in aerial skiing this weekend Credit: Matchtight

A University of Bath student made history this weekend after bringing home Britain's first ever gold medal in aerial skiing.

The impressive win was the first podium finish for Lloyd Wallace, who saw off a world-class field to triumph in Airolo, Switzerland.

The 20-year-old from Shaftesbury nailed two triple twisting double somersaults, scoring a lifetime best at the Europa Aerials. He will be looking for more success when he competes in two more competitions before heading to the World Junior Championships in Valmalenco, Italy.

It’s the best feeling in the world. I made a small mistake on the first day and was ninth but I knew I had it in me and everything went perfectly.

– Lloyd Wallace


Bath University research could reduce knee surgery

A new computer assessment programme could reduce the number of knee replacements Credit: PA

Researchers from the University of Bath say they've developed a new computer programme to assess a person's need for a knee replacement.

At the moment a patient's condition is assessed visually by surgeons. It's thought the new method could reduce the 90,000 knee replacements that take place each year.

500th volunteer signed up for Special Olympics National Summer Games

Clare Brophy is the 500th volunteer Credit: ITV News West Country

The 500th volunteer has been signed up for the Special Olympics National Summer Games this year.

The event will be hosted by the University of Bath in August and September this year.

The Games which are held every four years cater for athletes with intellectual disabilities. More than 1,700 are expected to take part, across twelve sports.


Smoking ban cuts asthma admissions

Researchers found a drop in asthma following the smoking ban Credit: ITV News West Country

A new study has revealed that almost 2,000 fewer patients are being admitted to hospital for emergency treatment for asthma since smokefree legislation was introduced in 2007.

Researchers based at Bath University found there was an immediate 4.9 per cent reduction in emergency hospital admissions for asthma in adults. It implies almost 1,900 admissions were prevented during the first year after legislation was introduced and a similar number in the subsequent two years.

West athletes make Modern Pentathlon Olympic squad

World Champion Mhairi Spence on Romeo Credit: ITV West

Four athletes from the University of Bath will represent Great Britain in the modern pentathlon at the 2012 Olympics.

World champion Mhairi Spence leads the women's team alongside Samantha Murray. They will both make their Olympic debuts in London.

Yeovil's Sam Weale is joined in the men's team by Nick Woodbridge for the second successive Olympics.All four athletes live and train in Bath.