Image of Andrew Ward bench pressing at a championshipCategoriesMember News

Member Spotlight: Andrew Ward, GB Powerlifter

Member Spotlight: Andrew Ward, GB Powerlifter

Alumni and community member, Andrew Ward, has been using our Sports & Fitness centre since we first opened back in 2017! Securing fourth place in the Bench Press World Championships 2022, the hard work begins here training for competitions and competing, alongside his active lifestyle.

 

Andrew has been powerlifting for nearly a decade and has an impressive competition history. From winning the IPF British Bench Press Championships three times, to competing twice at the World Championships representing Great Britain, he has been making history!

Andrew Ward in first place on the podium for the Benchpress World Championships

 

Graduating in 2010 with a degree in Computer Science and Business Management, Andrew has gone on to run a software development agency published his own tech book in 2022, and has his own webpage!

 

It’s safe to say that Andrew has an exciting future ahead of him, after already accomplishing such amazing things within the sport and business fields. He plans to continue powerlifting, with a goal of longevity in his sport. We feel great pride that he chooses to train at the University gym and utilises our extensive range of equipment to help him perform.

 

Check out Andrew’s intensive training routine in action!

 

Find out more about our gym memberships, whether you’re an athlete in training, or simply keeping fit.

 

 

A group of British Junior Open medallistsCategoriesEvents

The British Junior Open 2023: Celebrating Success

The British Junior Open 2023: Celebrating Success

We are proud to have partnered with England Squash to host the prestigious British Junior Open tournament again this year. Bringing together the best junior Squash players from 53 countries for the U19’s tournament, there was a great buzz in the building across the week!

Recognising our Scholars

Two of our first year Scholars took part in the British Junior Open, both with strong Squash backgrounds including rankings in the December 2022 BUCS Individuals and the Professional Squash Association. Hana Ismail is one of our Elite Dual Career Athlete Pathway (EDCAP) Scholars, studying Medical Life and Geo Sciences. Our second Scholar, Olivia Besant, is one of our Squash Scholars who is studying first year Physiotherapy. With Hana finishing in 16th place representing Egypt, and Olivia in 23rd place representing England, they both gave an incredible performance!

Spanning across 5 days, we saw 650 players competing in 552 high-energy games. Our Munrow Arena was transformed with training courts and the main Glass court which was overlooked by hundreds of spectators.

An action shot of two males competing in the British Junior Open in the Glass Court

Tournament Winners

On the final day of tournaments, we saw Finnlay Withington (England) and Amina Orfi (Egypt) claim their well-deserved under 19s titles.  

British Junior Open winners Finnlay Withington (Left) and Amina Orfi (Right) holding their trophies.

A big well done to everyone who took part in the tournament this year, including those who volunteered to help make the event happen!

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