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Bangor University contributes to Welsh Institute of Performance Science

Lecturers from the School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science at Bangor University are to play a key role in providing research support for Elite Welsh athletes to fulfil their medal hopes ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As part of the newly formed Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS), Drs Sam Oliver, Stuart Beattie, and Anthony Blanchfield from SSHES have been appointed as research leads for environmental physiology, coaching science, and performance physiology respectively to support Sport Wales in providing practical innovative performance strategies for elite Welsh athletes and support staff.

The initiative, driven by Swansea University in conjunction with Sport Wales, will combine the research expertise of several academics from Universities across Wales with the expertise of Welsh businesses to develop performance driven initiatives for major medal competitions.

Anthony Blanchfield, WIPS research lead for performance physiology, said:

“This fantastic initiative provides Wales with a unique opportunity to bridge cutting edge sports research and business expertise in order to achieve the ambitious targets of Sports Wales ahead of major competitions such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

I know that the founders of WIPS have put a huge amount of hard work in behind the scenes to develop this collaboration and we are delighted to have been appointed to our respective roles.

The opportunity to partner with colleagues from other Welsh Universities and Welsh business with the common goal of delivering world-class research and innovation to Welsh athletes and support staff is an extremely exciting prospect”.

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Publication date: 4 February 2016